In my last post we discussed how change is created. It’s an inside job. We become what we wish to see. The outer world is a mirror, projecting back what we carry with us on the inside. One of my favorite spiritual writers is Alice O. Howell. I came across her work a decade ago….

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Change. It’s one of life’s constants, and one of the few guarantees that can be made to all humans. Although our Universe is in constant motion and flux, change management is rarely taught, or even discussed. What’s required for humans to engineer change? How do we become thoughtful agents of positive change? I’ve given these…

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Given all the work that goes into enhancing the human experience, why isn’t humanity advancing faster? Perhaps it’s because there is no unifying mission to our work. Ego and tribalism divide, and our planet is still dominated by both. How many widgets can a company produce? How much territory can an empire acquire? How many…

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For centuries scientists, spiritualists, and philosophers have attempted to discover the center of all that is. The sun revolves around the Earth. No, wait; the Earth revolves around the sun. And what of the universe itself? Where is its center? So what does the concept of center even represent? In geometry the center is the…

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When our company first began learning about lean manufacturing practices, we worked with a talented consultant named Lisa Westberg. As she reviewed each of our core operating systems she would ask, “Is it stable, or are we about to go into a high-speed wobble?” Excessive speed, frantic motion, and the absence of early warning systems…

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In 2001 nineteen militants associated with Al-Qaeda hi-jacked four airplanes and brought society to a sudden halt. In 2008 the housing and mortgage markets collapsed, propelling the world into a perilous economic depression. In late 2019 several visitors at a seafood market in Hunan Province, China, gave flight to a virus that would create a global…

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There is a metamorphosis playing out across human history that’s hard to see because it’s exceptionally slow. We are transitioning from physical to spiritual beings. Early human history was defined by short lives and the day-to-day struggle for survival. It was kill or be killed. Eat or starve. The world that surrounded prehistoric humans was…

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I have a friend and mentor by the name of Deborah Dooley. She is a clinical psychologist and evolutionary astrologist from the San Francisco area. Evolutionary astrology has three tenets that run parallel in many ways to indigenous spirituality. The first is that everything that exists is related and interconnected. It’s all comprised of the same…

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No one should be judged by the date, time, and place of their birth. The house we are born into is a dynamic that none of us can control, yet virtually everyone is labeled to some degree by their unique point of entry into this world. Thus, it is ironically easy to describe people that we…

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Imagine a scene from a totalitarian regime rally in a great square before an imposing granite capital. The entire gathering chants in unison and the collective will seems insurmountable. But we all know that’s neither alignment nor consensus. That’s leadership intimidation, overreaching, and excessive control. It’s those with the most power restricting the voices of…

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The current state of American political discourse has a negative impact on society’s ability to engage in productive dialogue and respect the views of others. It’s loud, denigrating, and non-collaborative—pretty much the exact opposite of what we would like our elected leaders to mentor and model. So one day I just decided to stop listening….

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It is delicate to not be Indian and yet write about Indian Country. Only Indians should speak for Indians is a common phrase I have heard at Pine Ridge and try to honor. But to whom do the challenges at Pine Ridge belong? Is reservation life an Oglala, Lakota, Sioux, Indigenous, North American, or human concern?…

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What do you do while you are at Pine Ridge? This is a question I often receive back home in Maine. Initially I struggled to answer, but now I simply tell the truth. “I don’t really ‘do’ anything at Pine Ridge. I just spend time with the people who live there,” I now reply. Most…

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During the COVID-19 pandemic I once heard someone rhetorically ask, What if we are the virus? It was a hypothetical question. The speaker did not mean to suggest that it was literally true, but rather to offer a fresh perspective from which to view humanity’s capabilities.  For a moment I could picture all the other creatures…

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I remember how I felt the first time I realized that genocide was part of the American story. It was another windy and searing summer after- noon, and I had just crossed the White River near the town of Interior, South Dakota. I pulled the car over and began walking in circles through the hardened…

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I have read and heard that the American Dream is dead. With this pronouncement comes the suggestion that it was easier to achieve success in past generations than it is today. I find this premise both doubtful and disappointing. The notion of a uniquely “American” dream dates back to our nation’s founding, and was often…

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Time is more than just an opportunity to be productive. This understanding is a gift I brought home with me from my excursions on the northern plains. As a CEO I have tried to incorporate this wisdom into the world of work. As productivity improves, work should take less time, not more. Work should be…

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I once helped the Oglala Sioux Tribe build a home in a reservation community near the Nebraska border. Our company donated the building materials and then shipped them to Pine Ridge. I flew to meet the truck and to help unload it, knowing the freight company contractually allowed four hours to accomplish this task. I…

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If you read a news report summarizing the challenges at Pine Ridge you might well conclude that the situation is overwhelming. According to the well-regarded nonprofit Re-Member: • The unemployment rate at Pine Ridge is 89 percent.• The poverty rate is 54 percent.• The high school dropout rate is over 70 percent.• And 85 percent…

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In an uncertain world filled with chaos, diversity, and strife, isolationism has its advocates. If I retreat, perhaps I can be safe and secure. But in an epoch defined by connectivity, isolation is a false haven. Isolationism doesn’t work when there is no ability to isolate. It takes fifteen hours for a human to travel…

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