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Note: What follows isn’t for everyone. Written during the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus here is on dealing with disappointment and changing expectations that result from measures like voluntary isolation and physical distancing. …


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The facade of Falls Church Episcopal, by Southerngs. (CC BY-SA 3.0)

An article published by The Washington Post caught my attention recently because it discussed a church split. …


This past May I read ‘The Making of a Manager’ by Julie Zhuo, and though the book was well-written, I was left unsatisfied. Her guidance, drawn from her years of experience (exclusively at Facebook) would have been helpful to me earlier in my career. It’s Management 101, and a solid book for that level. I needed something a bit deeper, and I’ve found it — at least for a start — in Jocelyn Davis’ fascinating ‘The Art of Quiet Influence.’

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Jocelyn worked at The Forum Corporation (now called ‘Achieve Forum’( for over 23 years, working her way up to EVP. This is a business leadership training company, and according to her description, it bases its curriculum on careful research and quality data. Further, in her experience at the company there was a real effort, with a few exceptions as she notes in the book, to put their training into practice in their own offices. From what I see in her LinkedIn profile, her education has always centered on philosophy, with the most recent degree being a Master of Arts in Eastern Classics. This education, together with many years of thinking about life in an office and putting her learning into practice, makes for an excellent book on leadership. …

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Adam Gonnerman

Enterprise Agilist • Unitarian Universalist • AdamGonnerman.com

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