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Dreams, Crucibles & Hot Coals – Rainmakers Dinner LA

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Our last Tribal Rainmakers dinner (held at the amazing Hatfield’s in Hollywood) was an exceptional one. In the midst of Dave’s latest crucible, we were able to all gather, share and experience the energy of this elite tribe of Rainmakers. Dave started the evening by giving us an update on Harte and everyone offered their kindness, friendship and support, which …

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It Was A Good Day

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It was a good day. Harte’s oncologist didn’t have to remove as much tissue as he expected,so he and the plastic surgeon were able to use a donor tissue graft instead of transplanting tissue from her arm. Without the transplant, they didn’t need a skin graft from her leg to close her arm. The smaller amount of work in her …

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Crucibles, Cancer, and iPhones

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Last week was one of the worst of my life. On Tuesday, while overlooking the Pacific Ocean on one of those days that explain why everyone wants to move to Southern California, an oral surgeon speaking through my wife’s iPhone explained to us that the pathology report showed she has squamous cell cancer on the underside of her tongue. It …

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Being Bipolar and Kicking Ass at Life

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Wait, are you talking to me? The June Tribal rainmakers call made me realize why I am able to lead the life I always aspired to. Typically I listen to the Tribal Rainmakers call as part of my job so that I can develop our social media and other outreach. Imagine my surprise when the last call caused me to …

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Enneagram Newbie

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I work with some weirdos. I joined CultureSync four months ago and plenty of times I’ve heard someone say “oh, that’s the 2 in you!” or “he’s a 7, we always have a good time!” I just smile and nod along. Imagine my relief when I heard we were doing an Enneagram workshop and I’d finally learn why people kept …

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There’s a New Coach in the House

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You can tell someone is called to a profession when, without much formal training, they are able to hold their own with the best in the field. Harte Logan, a member of our CultureSync team, and in full disclosure my wife of 10 years, is one of those people in the field of leadership coaching. When Steve Zaffron and I …

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How to Make Your Idiot Boss More Perceptive

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The boss who never has a good idea. The colleague who’s a serious Debbie Downer. The employee who is always so positive you wonder if they ever really evaluate anything. You can’t change them, but you can change how you perceive them, and subsequently, your relationship with them. The question is, how? I recently came across a fun technique that …

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Make the Mundane Exciting Again

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Recently, I spent a day facilitating a retreat for the leaders of a small company with a grand vision about changing the way healthcare is delivered in the United States. Ten leaders spent the day locked away in a room learning about the five stages of organizational culture, examining their default and invented futures, and then learning new practices to …

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Stage Four? Stage Four Anyone?

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Several years ago, I had dinner with a David Allen, author of Getting Things Done. His picture is on the cover of his book, and his company is named after him, the David Allen Company. He’s a spiritual guy, a Stage Four leader—clearly not interested in the ego boost building a business empire. “Why did you do that?” I asked, “why make …

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The New Wave of Spirituality: Work

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I had more time to think about the Pew research study on religion than most people. One of their pollsters phoned me when I was home sick, and since I had nothing better to do, answered what seemed like an hour of questions about my past religious activities, and my beliefs today. What I didn’t know then was that millions …

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