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It’s Magic!

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love a magic trick? Young or old, innocent or cynic, there’s something just plain fun about the ridiculous joy of being deluded into believing that rabbits really DO come out of the hat, or the coin really DOES come out of an ear, or the girl in the [...]

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Honoring My Mentor and Friend, Dr. Kendall Cowing

The Reverend Doctor Kendall Cowing Charlotte, North Carolina Passed away on February 4, 2013 Married to high school sweetheart Della Father of 5 children, 16 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren I’d like to share four items about Ken and his impact on Compression Planning and leading groups: How he mentored me His advice about groups with [...]

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An Evening Of Lobster And The Pope

Client: Bernard LaMontagne, Former President IWK Health Centre Halifax, Nova Scotia Dear Compression Planning Friend, After leading a two-day Compression Planning retreat for 25 members of the board of directors and senior staff of a hospital I was exhausted. Drained. Spent. You know the feeling. My client, Bernard Lamontagne, invited a group of people from [...]

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How Switching Perspectives Helped 15 Doctors and 14 Nurses Save Their Fragile Merger

I’ve designed, organized and led Compression Planning retreats continuously since I was 26 years old. Periodically I’ll share the essence of some of those Retreats. For many I’ll disguise the clients so their confidentiality is protected. Even change the industry in some cases. What I’m really after is the story and what I learned. Hopefully [...]

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Validation

First, what validation isn’t It’s not testing an idea to see if it is valid or will sell or resolve a problem.  It’s at the other end of the process.  It’s getting a real understanding of the question you are addressing.  It’s getting “street smart” – getting the flavor and texture of what it is [...]

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How Acroynms Can Derail Decision Making

XYZ…PDQ Acronyms…they start at such an early age and are a part of our culture – personal and professional.  Everyone faces acronyms.  Absolutely everyone.  You can count on it.  And they can drive members of your Compression Planning® (CP) sessions nuts. Most CP sessions have people from many disciplines including both inside and outside the [...]

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