My Week Off–With Dad

Monday, March 30, 2009 by Dave Blum A bit of explanation is in order, I think, for my week away from this blog.  On March 22, at ~6pm, my father, Walter, died at a hospital in Santa Rosa, CA, from complications related to lymphoma.  He was 81. It was a fairly sudden…

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Team building Idea from Battlestar Galactica

Friday, March 20, 2009 by Dave Blum Battlestar Galactica–my favorite TV series ever–ends tonight after a marvelous 5-year run.  I’m both excited and saddened:  excited to see how it all ends up; saddened that there won’t be anymore giddy adventures with the ragtag fleet of humans and their fight against…

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Showdown in Nepal, part 2

Thursday, March 19, 2009 by Dave Blum So there we are on the Himalayan bridge:  Matt, Julie, Laurie, Steve and I, plus one unperturbed Sherpa and 15 very-determined Nepalese oxen. Laurie, who’s at midpoint, sits down and wraps herself around her pack.  The rest of us turn and huddle against the…

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Showdown in Nepal…

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 by Dave Blum Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you couldn’t move forward and you couldn’t go back?  Well try standing on a rickety suspension bridge, 200 feet above an ice-cold river, with a herd of Nepalese oxen bearing down on you! The year is 1987 and I’m…

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Decoding the Puzzles of Humans

Friday, March 13, 2009 by Dave Blum In yesterday’s blog, I wrote about “decoding” situations.  Now what does that mean? According to Dictionary.com, “to decode” is: 1. to translate (data or a message) from a code into the original language or form. 2. to extract meaning from (spoken or written…

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Team-building in Cross-Cultural Settings

Thursday, March 12, 2009 by Dave Blum Jack walks into his weekly team meeting with a spring in his step.  Over the last few days, he’s been developing a plan that he’s sure will save the group thousands of dollars in time and budget.  He can’t wait to share it all…

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Surviving “Ed”

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 by Dave Blum It’s hard enough trying to cope with the economic situation when we don’t even know what to call it. A “recession”? — doesn’t sound strong enough A “depression”? — sounds, well, depressing An “Economic Downturn”? — that’s probably the most accurate, although it doesn’t…

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