An extraordinary amount of progressive change occurs in the lifetime of a country. 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, leading to the end of slavery. 93 years ago, the Nineteenth Amendment was passed and voting rights were extended to women; 45 years after that, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 led to law that prohibited discrimination in voting based on race or color. Today, Barack Obama serves as the first African-American elected as President of the United States.Read more
Throughout my career, I’ve dabbled in the world of “new employee orientation.” I’ve shown really boring slides, helped new-hires decipher a myriad of insurance options, given office tours, and scheduled “meet-n-greets” with other employees and leaders. All of these activities have resulted in varying levels of effectiveness.
I grew up in a rural Virginia town in the home of my maternal grandparents. There was a garden adjacent to the house that my grandfather put a lot of energy into, cultivating it so we could have fresh vegetables. He used a pitchfork to hurl out things out that were of no use to the nurturance of the soil, or pitched those things that provided crop growth enhancement.Read more