Character Creates Opportunity® – The Bright Side of Loneliness: Thursday, November 16, 2017

If we chose to believe the statistics, either ourselves or someone close to us on our left or right struggles with feeling alone.  If we take an honest reflection of our own lives, there are probably times when we felt the sense of being out there all alone facing a particular situation: In the workplace, we can feel alone in dealing with a difficult boss, being a part of a project team that just doesn’t function like a team, or when we lost that “critical” account and everyone is turning their eyes on us. In school, when the “cool” group leaves us behind or we stayed home instead of attending the big party, we can feel a bit lonely. In the home, we can feel alone during times of struggle in a marriage, children whose birth order may align with certain experiences (it is more than just the middle child syndrome), or when adult children start making life choices that conflict with the hopes of parents. We can all feel lonely from time to time.    There were two times in my adult life when I have walked down the road with a close friend facing a terminal illness. […]

Character Creates Opportunity® – Gentleness: Thursday, November 2, 2017

As we continue on our journey to build and strengthen our character, today’s theme is about a principle that gets little mention in today’s “loud and proud” environment.  When we call roll for those who have delivered lasting, positive impact in our world, in our communities, and most certainly […]

Character Creates Opportunity® – The Avoidance Strategy: Thursday, October 5, 2017

Psychologists, social researchers in academia, and our own personal experience would say that the vast majority of us avoid having the difficult conversation to address lingering frustrations that inevitably come with relationships in the home, the workplace, and the community. Leaders in the workplace often delay having the difficult […]