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November 26, 2008

Bad Kitty





We’re focused on raising an articulate child. Given that we’re both extroverts and avid readers, we don’t think anticipate this will be much of a problem. Found this one at Lookybook today. Seems like a clever way to increase EM’s vocabulary. Considering her recent interactions with our orange tabby cat; it’s also very timely.

Enjoy!

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November 24, 2008

on leadership excellence

For 25 years, Leadership Excellence magazine has published the best and latest thinking on leadership. Again this year, the magazine has ranked the top thought leaders in management and leadership. Go here: for their Excellence 100 list.

Leaders, according to the survey, possess a rare combination of traits and abilities. Here are the eight criteria:


  1. Preparation: academic and professional.

  2. Character: values, ethics, beliefs, purpose, mission, integrity, walk the talk.

  3. Principles: big message, point of view, tenets, main points.

  4. Personality: charisma, style, originality, authenticity, one of a kind.

  5. Performance: inspiring action, real-world performance, work ethic.

  6. Experience: beyond local and regional, more national and international.

  7. Expression: substance and style in writing, speaking, coaching, consulting, mentoring, training, or teaching.

  8. Influence: difference, results, change, transformation.

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November 20, 2008

time to adorn, trim and celebrate

I admit it. I’m overly-excited about Christmas this year. It’s our first in our new home. We’ve purchased some wreaths, garlands and topiaries from the Bombay Company. And even though it’s not yet December, we’ve already started decorating. Here’s what the “winter song” wreaths look like:

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November 15, 2008

watch: a stroke of insight

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November 8, 2008

our urban zoo

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