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The holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving is past; Hanukkah and Christmas are here with a speed that defies readiness. With the coming of the seasons’ festivities, we are nourished by good words like family, cheer, love, joy, festivity, lights, decorations, and food. For some, however, these are tough days. Many people struggle through the holiday. For those who suffer from depression, this time of year can be lethal. Depression is an illness that often

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Kathie and I are fortunate in many ways. The most obvious is our three adult children and the lives both personal and professional they have crafted for themselves. One of those blessings is the fact I receive some of my very best reading recommendations from them. Such was the case a few weeks ago when Justin placed in my hands Mistakes Were Made (but not by me) by authors Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. Published

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When she sat in my office, I could not stop translating her face. The raised eyebrow was saying one thing but the upturned, impish mouth another. What I first sensed was a tough conversation soon turned in to one of the most delightful visits of the day. How do you translate faces? What tools come to mind when deconstructing a frown, a smile, a grimace, even a yawn? Facial recognition software is no longer the

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Here’s a test. Scan your file marked “New People Met” and bring to recent memory two or three names, faces, or circumstances when you met someone for the first time. What do you remember about that encounter? What was your first impression? What do you think your first impression was to each of those individuals? Did you glimpse a smile? Was the handshake weak, firm, harsh? What kind of space did you sense the other

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The unthinkable has happened yet again. Two weeks ago, on a clear Sunday evening, a joyous crowd of music lovers was assaulted by a madman firing an automatic weapon from a room on the 32nd floor of Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay hotel. As of this morning, 59 are dead and more than 500 injured. Everyone at that concert and millions more will never experience life going forward quite the way it was when the music

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Many years ago, I sat with a man whose cagey demeanor told me there was something “back there” that haunted him. In all candor, all of us have moments in our past which we have put in a lock box because they are too painful, too raw to take out and revisit. With gentle nudging, I let him know I was safe. He could tell me anything in confidence, and I would, without judgment, listen

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A good friend who is also Dean of School of Business at Henderson State University recommended I read Sheena Iyengar’s fascinating book, The Art of Choosing. In the book, Dr. Iyengar, S.T. Lee Professor in the Management Division of Columbia University’s Business School explores how choosing and choice function both in our lives and various cultures both domestically and globally. Not surprising, her research casts compelling light on our advisory work and the choices we

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At the last minute, three of our five grandchildren made us an offer we could not refuse. Visiting from Atlanta, as did all our children and grandchildren, they and their parents (our son and daughter-in-law) stayed over Sunday evening to chase the eclipse into South Carolina Monday. So we joined them, drove north to the Botanical Gardens at Clemson, and made a memory with our family. No photograph has yet captured the palpable, overwhelming eye

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Several years ago, I was in conversation with an older clergyman who had served the same church for over 25 years. In the course of that conversation, I asked my friend, “How have you sustained a ministry at one church for those many years?”  Without hesitation, he answered: “I’ve always had some project, some new ministry venture, some personal goal that I was looking forward to accomplishing. Looking forward to new challenges brings energy to

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Following a recent talk, someone posed a question about discovery you may have asked. “Is asking questions about a client’s life, family, family-of-origin issues, work, money, health, and fears going too far?” In other words, are we asking questions that are “too personal.” Is there a line we can cross when doing deep discovery? I’ve heard the “too personal” question many times. It is not only a great question but reveals an insecurity that is

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-Marc D. Miller, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Business, Henderson State University