When your team has had a challenging or even winless season, it is not uncommon to hear, “It builds character.” Does it? Can losing one more close game somehow transform my inner self, my very being, to now be better? Character has multiple definitions and has been the focus of many quotes and inspirational slogans. […]
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When describing his NY Times bestselling book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell once said “The biggest misconception about success is that we do it solely on our smarts, ambition, hustle and hard work. There’s an awful lot more that goes into it than we admit.” Gladwell’s book was a bestseller for a reason. Through interviews, research and a […]
Through The North Group Podcast, our team invites you into their discussions on a range of topics including organizational health and leadership development, while seeking to instill hope, build character, model an others-centered focus, and encourage balanced living. To begin, our theme is “Brought to Light” – conversations on long-standing, popular phrases focusing on […]
In his book Margin, author Richard Swenson, M.D., talks about the need to protect and, where needed, expand our margins in life. Just as a printed page would be difficult, if not nearly impossible, to read without margins, our lives can become overloaded and ineffective without appropriate space “between our load and limits.” While there are […]
“It’s 2017 for goodness sake!” This and other similar refrains have come to dot our relational and conversational landscapes. They are attempts to “nicely” enlighten their audience, informing them that the world has advanced while they – clearly – have not. Most often, these refrains occur on social media, behind the veil of anonymity and […]
Last week my family attended a classical music concert together – not a typical Saturday for the Murrays. Several pieces were memorable; one is still impacting me. The conductor gently raised his hands and a young lady with blonde hair stepped down from the second row of risers. As she approached the microphone stand beside […]