Tag: Michael Gingerich

Vancouver

Dinner was over.  The lights of the Vancouver, British Columbia, harbor twinkled outside the ballroom’s large windows.  The evening’s emcee gracefully called everyone away from their conversations around the tables as the awards ceremony was about to begin.  The highpoint of the International Listening Association’s annual convention, at Simon Fraser University, the ceremony was the…
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New Possibilities. New Realities.

“Could I help you get your things up to the boardwalk?”  He asked us that last month, as we were packing up to leave the beach late that Sunday afternoon, during our annual week in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  He’d obviously noticed us, and had been watching from his spot several yards down the beach.  It…
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Silver Linings

Our team completed a two-day compassionate listening training event, our very first in Someone To Tell It To’s history.  The event was a big commitment for both the leaders and the participants, committing much of their weekends to learning, growing, and experiencing the power of listening together.  We could see the exhaustion (and enthusiasm) on…
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What Your Employees Might be Saying (Without Actually Saying It)–Are You Listening?

In the poignant yet lighthearted 1987 Academy Award-winning movie Moonstruck, an iconic scene emerged when on the morning after a spontaneous and unexpected night together, the character played by Nicholas Cage tells the character played by Oscar-winner Cher, that he is madly in love with her. Her response is to slap him—twice—and tell him to…
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These Last Two Years

I feel like I am not caring for Matthew well (because I am trying to work at home) and I feel like I am not doing my job well (because of all the time Matthew’s care requires). It is exhausting and I fear I may end up in the hospital like Matthew’s Direct Service Provider,…
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Being Believed In

SEASON 4: EPISODE 16 | April 26, 2022 Being Believed In with Austin Taylor Qualls A proud and grateful participant in The Lebron James Family Foundation’s “I Promise” program, created by the NBA superstar for students in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, our guest Austin Taylor Qualls talks with us about what he’s learned from…
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Bringing Our WHY to Life

SEASON 4: EPISODE 15 | April 12, 2022 Bringing Our WHY to Life with Stephen Shedletzky Stephen Shedletzky (Shed-Let’s-Ski) engages with people in meaningful ways so that we connect with depth and live in a more fulfilled world.  He’s said: “I imagine a world in which the vast majority of people wake up inspired, feel…
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Listen Courageously

SEASON 4: EPISODE 14 | March 29, 2022 Listen Courageously with Juliana Tafur Obama Foundation Scholar,  award-winning documentary filmmaker, TEDx speaker, and the creator of the Listen Courageously movement and workshop series, Juliana Tafur talks with us about listening to foster human connection.  We discuss her goal to find the “human side to every story,” what it means to…
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Quieting and Listening to Ourselves

SEASON 4: EPISODE 13 | March 15, 2022 Quieting and Listening to Ourselves with Jane Adshead-Grant Jane Adshead-Grant, of London, England, makes her second appearance on the podcast.  She is an author and an award-winning accredited executive coach with over 30 years experience in people-focused roles. In this episode, we talk with her about her…
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No More Killing Fields

This post was updated on March 18, 2022 Serene and heartbreaking. Sacred and horrific. The beautiful forest setting held a chilling secret. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the opening of the Iron Curtain, Ukrainians learned a long-held evil truth. Outside of the capital city of Kyiv, the quiet woods held thousands of…
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