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About cowsaretheanswer

executive coach, organization development, large animal veterinarian

why do whitetail deer have white tails?

I asked this question of a workshop I facilitated at work. The topic was continual change. Our worlds evolve. We evolve with them or we become irrelevant, especially in a service organization. My job is in public service. My boss … Continue reading

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productive discomfort

I just went to a coaching conference for the same reasons anyone goes to a conference in their field of endeavor. Review old techniques, learn some new techniques, reconnect with colleagues, meet new colleagues. I attended one workshop on Facilitating … Continue reading

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give blood

It’s the new year.  A time for rebirth.  The coldest and shortest days of the year are ripe for considering stuff of life.  And what can be more life giving than blood (accept maybe boiled peanuts, but that is another … Continue reading

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eating dirt

A mother overheard some people criticize a project her teenager was doing.  Many people thought the teen was doing a fine job, a few did not. The mom asked me, what I thought she should she say or do about … Continue reading

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What matters?

I am a federal employee on furlough. When your work defines you, it is easy to think,”I am my job.”  In a story I read recently, someone asked Bill Russell if he was Bill Russell, the basketball player.  He told … Continue reading

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watching birds

I like to watch birds.  When I tell people, I take some ribbing for it, like “you are not one of those nerdy birdwatchers, right?”  And I guess I am or at least that is what I aspire to.  So … Continue reading

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criticism

I just finished reading “A Tale of Two Cities”, by Charles Dickens.  A charming little story about the days of terror and the French revolution.  The book is considered a classic work of literature.  I mean, who hasn’t heard, “It … Continue reading

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