Becoming a Sage: Ashton Applewhite

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Welcome to the Becoming a Sage podcast, hosted by Dr. Jann. This week’s episode features Dr. Jann’s conversation with Ashton Applewhite.   An internationally recognized expert on ageism, Ashton Applewhite is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, published this March by Celadon Books. She speaks widely at venues that have included the TED mainstage and the United Nations, and is a …

Remembering John Prine … Hello

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Ya’ know that old trees just grow stronger And old rivers grow wilder ev’ry day Old people just grow lonesome Waiting for someone to say, “Hello in there, hello” ……………. So if you’re walking down the street sometime And spot some hollow ancient eyes Please don’t just pass ’em by and stare As if you didn’t care, say, “Hello in …

Now is the Time to Drop Your Tools!

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It is tough to make change of any kind.  We are creatures of habit and we have our routines both personally and professionally.  We have been taught to respond in predictable and rational ways.  But we are living and working in unprecedented times.  It is time to “drop our tools.”  In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is acquired; In …

How Achievable is the “American Dream”?

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Are you living the “American Dream?”  If so, what does that mean to you?  How achievable is the Dream for most people?  Read this post to learn more. The documentary American Factory was nominated for an Oscar in 2020.  Even though it did not win, it is a winner.  I highly recommend watching it on Netflix.  And it is especially interesting …

What They Don’t Teach You In Business School

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In a time we are living and working in a world of Covid 19 and fear is high–very high, leaders at all levels are struggling with what to do and how to do it.  Business schools do not focus on how to gracefully layoff people or deal with shutdowns.  This post will share effective ways to make tough decisions. A …

Leaders: “Now is the Time for the Soft Stuff.”

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This post is written for anyone who wants to be more effective in influencing others–regardless of position, company, or industry. I have blogged about what it means to be a good neighbor and how leaders need to build community (Leaders Build Community Training.) Now is the time to do both and to remember we are all connected.  It is also …

What does it mean to be a good neighbor in these uncertain times?

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We are living and working in unprecedented times.  Organizations and the leaders in them are having to react quickly and communicate clearly in order to protect people while still sustaining the organization.  This is the time for communities to come together and support one another.   I have written fairly extensively about the value of community and how leaders need to …

Becoming a Sage: Marci Alboher

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Welcome to the Becoming a Sage podcast, hosted by Dr. Jann. This week’s episode features Dr. Jann’s conversation with Marci Alboher.   Marci Alboher is one of the nation’s leading authorities on career issues and workplace trends. A former blogger and columnist for The New York Times, her latest book is “The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and …

The 5 Hows to Happiness

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In a previous post, I shared the key to happiness based on research and the book by Sonja Lyubomirsky titled The How of Happiness. The key to happiness is what she calls “The 40 percent Solution” defined as “40 percent is that part of our happiness that is in our power to change through how we act and how we think, that …

The Key to Happiness Is …

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This post is written for anyone and everyone who wants to understand how to be happy.  I bet that includes YOU! The pursuit of happiness is a hot topic these days.  If you do a quick Google search, you will find more than 23,000 books with happiness in the title.  In addition to books, there a more than you can count articles …