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From Deadlines to Livelines!

Get “U” Out Of The Way!

By David Gouthro / November 21, 2016 / 0 Comments

I’m amazed at how one letter of the alphabet can cause such a profound shift in perception. I admit, this is a fairly ambiguous statement to begin an article with—and yet I’m totally convinced of the truth of it. Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of personal and professional time exploring the topics of teams, […]

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Striding Bravely Into The Darkness!

Striding Bravely Into The Darkness!

By David Gouthro / November 20, 2016 / 0 Comments

When I was asked to do a presentation for this meeting, I was uncertain as to what most people (including myself) would be interested in. So I suggested a number of topics to the program committee. They narrowed it down to two. “Striding Boldly Into The Darkness” was the one I was most unclear (and […]

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From Deadlines to Livelines!

From Deadlines to Livelines!

By David Gouthro / November 20, 2016 / 0 Comments

Deadline! The word strikes fear deep into the heart of anyone who has ever owned a watch or calendar. Think about the affect of the word. Say it over and over again: deadline, deadline, DEADLINE! How often have you engaged in a monumental physical, emotional and intellectual struggle to meet or beat a deadline? The stress, […]

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From The Forest of La Hulpe, Belgium – Reflections on Quality

By David Gouthro / November 19, 2016 / 0 Comments

The following observations were made in the forest outside a training facility in La Hulpe, Belgium. I believe that several days of thinking about quality have focused the senses through which I become aware of my surroundings. As a result, aspects of quality made themselves known through the touch of a beech tree, the sound […]

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Paradigms From Theory to Action

Paradigms: From Theory to Action

By David Gouthro / November 18, 2016 / 0 Comments

It has been about two years since we first began our work with XYZ, and over 150 managers have been through the Supporting People program. Periodically we step back and try to determine if the work we have been doing has made any difference. And every time we do that, we are repeatedly reminded of […]

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FRED: A Coach and Approach for Agile Learners

By David Gouthro / November 17, 2016 / 0 Comments

Heard just about enough about the learning organization, continuous learning, life-long learning, team learning, learn as if your life depends on it, Total Quality Learning, learning for earning and learning collaboratives? Tired of rhetoric and detailed descriptions of what these learning “things” are, but a touch short on usable tools for implementing them? Me too! […]

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Courage Canadian Style: Up Close and Personal!

By David Gouthro / November 7, 2016 / 0 Comments

Watch or Read–Your Choice! Relative to many other countries and cultures, Canadians are not often viewed of as being particularly courageous. Too bad, really. Because most Canadians I know act with courage on a regular basis. Perhaps as we approach the 150th anniversary of Canada’s inception (which was an act of courage in and of […]

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How to Hire a Facilitator

How to Hire a Facilitator

By David Gouthro / September 11, 2016 / 0 Comments

Why Choose a Facilitator? A facilitator leads groups, organizations and teams through the process of disseminating, understanding, managing and directing information into achievable outcomes with clear desires, actions and goals. As objective professionals, facilitators excel in human and group dynamics and carry unique skills and abilities that enable groups to work through the process and […]

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A C.U.R.E. for Dealing With Difficult People

A C.U.R.E. for Dealing With Difficult People

By David Gouthro / September 10, 2016 / 0 Comments

Difficult people. Would the world be an easier place to live in if there were no difficult people—if everyone behaved the way we think they should? Perhaps—and it might also be extremely boring. And by the way, just exactly what is a difficult person? Let’s define a difficult person as someone who: seems to be […]

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The Heart of Accountability

The Heart of Accountability

By David Gouthro / April 10, 2016 / 0 Comments

One of the best ways to measure the potential for positive change is to count the number of times you hear the words “SOMEONE SHOULD” in reference to something that needs doing. The reason it is only potential is because these words indicate two things: there is something that needs to be done (an opportunity to […]

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If you have a great ambition take as big a step as possible in the direction of fulfilling it, but if the step is only a tiny one, don't worry if it is the largest one now possible. ~ Mildred McAfee