What Does Your Gate Say?

We all have portals where people enter our lives or our businesses. And believe me, they’re not all alike. Whether we are intentional or just leave things to chance, we’re sending subtle or very clear messages to the people who enter through our portals. On a recent trip through East Texas I noticed that most…

Hearing the Familiar Differently

Hearing the Familiar Differently I heard a song completely out of context this morning. It was a country song played by a jazz artist. Merle Haggard covered by John Scofield. I have to tell you, I liked it. Here’s the power of the message. I have heard the original, “Mama Tried,” either actively listening or…

Writing to Inform: Brows, Bullets & Ballroom Dancing

Do you get my point? How often have you shared information with somebody, then followed by asking this question? “Do you get my point?” What you’re asking is “Did you receive what I thought I sent?” Was I clear enough? And, ultimately, “did I just waste my time?” I’m no expert in verbally making sure…

Hunting & Gathering in Economic Development

Variety is a blessing. It’s also a necessity and a safeguard. Hunting & Gathering With your permission, I’m going to plunk you down in the middle of nowhere. Wait. Don’t worry. This will be fun. The temperatures are moderate and you have the latest in outdoor gear. What you don’t have is food. You have…