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Jazz of Leadership Part One: What Dr. Jazz Taught 30 Doctors

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By Ken Perlman Thirty doctors walk into a Jazz session. Although it sounds like the setup line to a bad joke, it’s actually what happened in one of the most remarkable discussions of leadership I’ve ever seen.  This evening’s leadership conversation was a joint effort between USC Thornton School of Music professor Ronald McCurdy, Ph.D. (we will occasionally call him “Dr. …

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Be Like Bowie

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The first time I saw David Bowie I was five-years-old. He was on television surrounded by puppets singing, “Dance Magic Dance.” I had no idea the magnitude of what I was witnessing or what had lead up to this cult classic. Everything David Bowie did was part of the masterpiece he called life. Most beautifully, he did things his own …

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10 Questions to Kick Start Your Year

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Happy New Year! Here’s a process for you to use to reflect on last year and get focused for the year ahead. This is an exercise that I run through at the beginning of each year and I thought I’d share it with you. Check out the list below: What did you accomplish this year? What were your biggest disappointments? …

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I’d Make a Terrible Drug Addict

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Thank you all for the love and support you have shown to me and the team since my accident. I am doing remarkably well and getting a lot of rest, which is what I still need most. My stitches are out and I have a tender, but well healed, five-inch scar on my spine. I am feeling generally introspective and …

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I’ve Fallen And I Can’t Get Up

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I never thought I’d be excited to have a walker, but I am. I had a freak accident on Friday, November 20th, when my horse spooked and threw me off. I fractured one of the vertebrae in my back and had surgery on Saturday, November 21st. I started walking again less than 24 hours later and came home just before …

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Coaching vs Therapy

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If you want to jump off a bridge, call a therapist.  If you want to cross a bridge, call a coach. People, including a lot of coaches and therapists, don’t really know what the differences are between coaching and therapy.  In my opinion, there are many reasons that there is so much confusion.  The main reason that I think there …

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I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now

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Have you ever said that to yourself? I have. It really hit me between the eyes when I first read Tribal Leadership. You see, before becoming an executive coach I was a hospital executive for twenty years. I left that profession in 1995, following a merger, an acquisition, and a sale of three different hospitals in ten years. I was …

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Unconditional Listening

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This past year, Dave and I attended Warren Bennis’ memorial service. Great leaders and great friends spoke, ranging in age from early 20s to late 70s, and all of them said a variant of the same thing. They felt better, smarter and more inspired after spending time with Warren. He didn’t come to meetings with his great ideas, leadership models, …

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10 Tips For Living An Extraordinary Life

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People tell me that they think I get to live an extraordinary life. I think I do, too. I’m extremely lucky, but I think that most of my luck is due to my habits, my beliefs and my attitude. Here are my top 10 tips for living an extraordinary life: Be Kind. Kindness is a choice that generally affects outcomes …

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What Happens After the Hero’s Journey

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By Dr. Dehra A. Glueck, MD. Has this ever happened to you? I recently had a one-hour meeting where the convener spent the first 45 minutes telling everyone how wonderful and connected and important he is in our community. I remember thinking: “Really?!? Because after all the time spent on your self-congratulatory rant, we’ve only got 15 minutes to get …

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