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Office Lessons – Diversity Day

Office Lessons – Diversity Day

The Office: Season One Episode Two “Diversity Day”—Lesson: Education Alone is not the Answer In the first episode of Brian Baumgartner’s excellent podcast series on “The Office,” you hear from creator Ricky Gervais. He says that one of the inspirations for the program...

Office Lessons – Know Thyself

Office Lessons – Know Thyself

The Office: Season One Episode One “Pilot”—Lesson: Know thyself. Michael Scott reveals in this first episode that he has some real blind spots (“People say I am the best boss.”) We all have blind spots. It helps to get another set of eyes from someone we trust to help...

Got leadership?

Got leadership?

“… If a society is to evolve, or if leaders are to arise, then safety can never be allowed to become more important than adventure.” --Edwin H. Friedman, A Failure of Nerve Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix (Bethesda, MD: The Edwin Friedman Estate, 1999), 103....

Is safety a distraction?

Is safety a distraction?

Edwin Friedman wrote that first and foremost of the displacement issues into which American citizens pour their anxieties are those having to do with safety. Hmm. Can you think of any lately? Edwin H. Friedman, A Failure of Nerve Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix...

Don’t shift personal responsibility

Don’t shift personal responsibility

Words from almost 25 years ago that apply today: people "inject" their anxieties into national issues. These issues "serve as a distraction from having to deal with personal responsibility elsewhere." Edwin H. Friedman, A Failure of Nerve Leadership in the Age of the...

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