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Hal’s Blog- Each year, Pam and I host a few artists in our Adirondack home who gather to paint for a
weekend near Old Forge, NY. This year we had Jean with us, a budding artist whose job was
making teeth. For years she fashioned crowns, bridges and other replacements.
Hal’s blog- Words are distinct, even when they are presumed to go together.
In a new INC newsletter, Jeff Hagen flags words that prompt increased achievement in people and organizations. One of them is “could.” He notes that the word we often use is “should,” which tends to make choice binary. Should we do this or that…
Hal’s Blog- We like to think that people create solutions and fresh paths to reach them. In organizations, who among us is not firmly convinced we are open to new ideas? Yet look at our expressions: stay within your lane, color within the lines, follow the instructions. My favorite: tell me what to do and I will do it.
Hal’s Blog- This heading sits on top of an article by Kevin Starr in the March 28 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review. Kevin leads the Mulago Foundation, and he is singing our Results1st song. I have worked with about 100 foundations—as large as the Gates Foundation and as small as $10 million in assets. My core theme is fundamental: shift from funding programs to investing in results. The first is the business of distributing money. The second is the business of securing the highest human gain for the dollars available. Zombies gets to that bedrock in a hurry.
Hal’s Blog- I just read The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak. It is a fable in which a fig tree does most of the talking. Four passages in this intriguing book each reflects a new way to think about one of the words in the title. Each takes on new possibilities for me. See what you think.
Hal’s Blog- Don’t bother to put the two parts of the title together. All they have in common is being the subject of passages I read last week that left me unsettled.
The first is from a program report and came in a highlighted box: Change happens at the speed of trust. Trust takes time and discourse to achieve. Meanwhile, don’t push for improvements. I like reversing this logic: Trust happens at the speed of change. I like trust in motion more than in discourse. I see trust more readily in behavior than in voiced sentiments.
Hal’s Blog- I saw a great exhibit on this subject at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in St. Petersburg Florida recently. It told through contemporary quilts the stories of Black individuals and families who went west. I first learned that while these stories are seldom told they are plentiful. About 25% of cowboys, for example, were Black.
Hal”s Blog- In an achievement framework, we speak of defining results and designing programs to achieve them. In these times, it is just as hard, however, to stick to results as to anything else.
Gloria Mark points out the challenge in her new book Attention Span: A groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness, and Productivity. She has found that people spend an average of 47 seconds on any screen. We are nomadic while sitting still.