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After years of a mediocre online presence I have grown sick of myself.  I don’t think it’s related to what I write, what I post, my political leanings or any of those common topics that make an online persona what it is.  I don’t think it’s my online persona per se.  I am just sick of myself, in all areas of my life, online and off.  So, with some hesitation I will be removing all of my various blogs over the next few days to weeks.  I may re-emerge in some manifestation but at this point I could not tell you what that manifestation will be.  I blame recent life events for this identity crisis, as I’ve labeled it.  I no longer really know who I am or who I want to or should be.  Some things will never change and that is my dedication as a father.  I will always love my children with all of my heart and will never cease to be everything that they deserve.  To be honest, my children are, what I consider to be, my one saving grace.  Loving them, and being loved by them, has made some pretty tough situations survivable.  However, every other aspect of who I am is fair game. It’s time to make a change, for better or worse. I don’t really know if anyone reads this blog anymore but if there are any passers by, farewell…  Thanks for stopping by.  Maybe our paths will cross elsewhere in the future.

K

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My last class in my MBA program was “Leadership.”  While working through the course, it was amazing how many parallels I found with psychology.  It really makes sense when you think about it.  Psychology is the study of human behavior and leadership is when a person acts in a way to get others to work together to accomplish a common goal.  In order for a leader to be successful, they have to be aware of their followers’ behavior and how they can modify that behavior to meet the organization’s needs.  We look at behavioral (operant) approaches as well as coercive approaches to leadership.  Interesting…..to saythe least.  Obviously the course was much more in depth than what I have written here, but the parallels are obvious.  My advice for those who are in leadership roles, or wish to someday be in a leadership role, is to learn as much as you can about psychology.  Understanding why people behave the ways that they do can help to offer solutions when trying to alter that behavior.

Please check out my previous  post as it gives all the details and provides a link if you have further questions.

WBMX in boston is hosting a radiothon to raise funds for Boston Childrens Hospital.  For two days, they are taking donations to benefit children all over the world, who find themselves in the care of BCH staff.  Boston Children’s Hospital is known wordwide for providing exceptional care to children across the globe.  It is easy to say that you will never find yourself there, but the day may come when you have no other choice.  If your child becomes sick, BCH is where you want them to be.  If you are capable of giving any donation, I urge you to do so.  Every little bit helps and it benefits the well being and future of the world’s children.  If you can donate anything please call 1-800-457-KIDS (5437). 

You can read more here: http://www.mix985.com/

I have no affilitation with Boston Children’s Hospital or WBMX.  I just saw an opportunity to possibly help a worthy cause and decided to post it here.

Selfless Acts

Posted: July 5, 2006 in Misc., My Opinion, professional

Taking pride in your work and actually caring about what you are doing is a quality that seems lost today. I have never been in a position that gave me the ability to make a big difference in the community. I have never been looked upon by society as a noble, selfless individual. My father, on the other hand, has committed selfless acts. It is after hearing about his actions that I try to mold myself into who I hope to someday be. I know I carry his work ethic wherever I go. I know that people I supervise over, appreciate the work ethic and compassion for people that my father has taught me. Let me relay to you, a quick story about my father. I think it is a great story. I think of it fairly frequently as it is the perfect model for how people should go about their work and about their life.

My father is a pediatrician. He came to the area and started a small local practice, where he currently is, 30 years ago next week. He and my mother bought a small house, finished the basement and started his practice in the basement of his home. My grandmother (maternal) came to help my father get things in order. She told him she would help him for a few weeks, until he hired some help. She still works in his office to this day. Twenty eight years ago, two years after he started the practice, we were struck by the blizzard of ‘ 78. My father, being a dedicated, new physician, called the town department for help. Not help for himself or for my family, but for the community. My father received calls regarding some patients who were very sick and needed treatment. Roads were closed and buried under tons of snow. No one could go anywhere. As a solution to this problem, my father, with the help of dedicated town employees, made housecalls. He was picked up in the morning by a plow equipped front end loader and spent the day braving the elements and dangerous streets, to care for his patients.

I mention this now because I think it is an important lesson for everyone to learn. Not only does it demonstrate a great way to go about business, but also a great way to go about life. In a day and age when we are threatened by terrorism, missile launches and nuclear armament, it is comforting to think of the people who commit such selfless acts as the one above. Hearing these stories is also motivating. I like to think that if I can share these types of stories, more people will adopt this type of behavior and incrementally impact society.

Does anyone have any stories of truly selfless acts? They can be about people you know, people you’ve heard of, or just a story you read in the paper. Please take a minute to post your story to the comment section of this post. If I get enough, I will create a separate page just for these stories. If you have a wordpress blog or any other site that you want linked, feel free to mention it and I will include it in your post.