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Transitions. We all have them. We don’t talk about them. We need to.

Transitions are uncomfortable.  They just are.  There is no way to whitewash or sugar-coat the pain, sometimes agony, of a transition. A few days ago, I was looking for a cookbook on my shelf.  And I pulled out with it — as if by an invisible hand — my mother’s book Transitions by William Bridges. I […]

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What’s a transition?

What is a transition? I’m drawing from the work of transition expert William Bridges (source below). A transition has three basic parts, and these can come in any order or mix up or flip back on themselves and repeat.  An Ending. „Letting go of an old situation.“  This is a kind of death. The good old […]

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Soul messages and sense of mission

The work we choose, the lessons we repeat for those around us, tend to be reflections of where we have been, where we are, or where we want to be.  The messages that hold the most resonance for us personally will be the ones that we long to repeat for others, in the hope that […]

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“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”  Madeleine L’Engle

  hen we are teaching, doing social work, raising children, training, or coaching, we are teaching, working with, raising, training, and coaching ourselves.   We nurture our own earlier selves in nurturing those who are on the path we once took. You reach out, they take your hand, they move towards what you offer.  You offer […]

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Fear of Death: What to do now.

I was just inspired by a conversation about colleagues who are a few years away from retirement. These colleagues are difficult in meetings. They’re creating conflicts. They’re acting out. In these behaviors, they may not only be fighting for their perspective in the meeting on the small point under discussion. They may be fighting for […]

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Work can be seen as a commodity

The third chapter of John Budd’s book “The Thought of Work” handles the concept of work as a commodity. What’s meant here is that work is an object that’s traded on the market. In some countries, like Germany, that’s been historically defined as the time the worker spends. In other countries, like Great Britain, that’s […]

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Creating a Colorful Career: GRADE talk on 7. May 2014

What can you do to make sure your career fits your ideal? There are no guarantees or formulas to follow precisely, but there are some questions you can ask yourself to guide the decisions and options you have along the way. That’s the message I told a group of graduate students at the GRADE Career […]

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Prior Planning prevents Poor Performance: A cautionary tale

I recently was asked to help a masters-student with his thesis. I was horrified to discover that, after years of his effort and a deadline looming in 4 days, the challenge was not to check over the English or make sure that the t’s were crossed and i’s were dotted. The challenge was to CUT […]

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Grapes and graduations: The value is sometimes clear only later

The grapes are in season now, and yesterday I snipped the overripe bunches down off the vine and brought them up to the apartment. Tonight after work I noticed a great moonrise and stepped out onto the balcony – and into my bowl of grapes. Okay, semester start or no semester start, it seems I […]

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Making meaning when the harvest comes to nothing

Before I left on vacation, I carefully preserved the summer’s harvest in the freezer. I spent hours picking and de-stoning cherries, hours picking raspberries and gooseberries (The gooseberry bushes act like angry cats when you try to take their berries, and I am often asked after harvest, „do you have a cat that you bathed […]

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