Diversity Conversations: Finding Common Ground – Written by Eric M. Ellis, M.A.

Diversity Conversations: Finding Common Ground

Book written by Eric M. Ellis, M.A.

Greetings,

This is a deceptively small book, while only one-hundred and fifty-nine pages in length it simply can’t be read fast. The words within require a substantial amount of thoughtful pondering. It caused me to recall ferocious arguments between my harshly race and politically divided parents that raged way back in the 60’s and 70’s. It hit some extraordinarily sensitive spots. With the interjection of the Johari Window as a tool for determining a wider spectrum of review one must beyond superficial personal evaluations and look dreadfully deep. Not always comfortable.

I loved the chapter on “Professional Diversity Polarizers.” I must confess that I adore many of the political humorists that make up this category and follow their commentaries with religious zeal. I also must confess to loving to hate various pundits of the opposition and they spark within me a level of ardor that I rarely experience. The text does a great job of illustrating that these “PDP’s” come at a high price and frequently impede forward progress all the while lining their pockets. Fairness, honesty, and clarity are often lost in the angry haze of nurtured polarity.

Mr. Ellis provides an elegant vocabulary and strategy for addressing these matters in chapters such as “Conversation with Ourselves, Conversations with Like Others, and Conversations with Diverse Others.” We just don’t normally think about most of these issues with these type lenses. Additional aspects cover “Regular Self-Analysis, Process for Feedback, Personal Feedback Coaches, and developing Intellectual Curiosity.” Overall Mr. Ellis challenges everyone to become “Diversity Critical Thinker.” He acknowledges that this is not probably on the top a priority center screen for many and handles that as well. See “Principles of the Junk Yard Dog” on page 124.

In an era of mounting polarity and a time when any “common ground” negotiation is seen as “caving” or “weakness” reading between the lines “Diversity Conversations” should also be hailed as a cautionary tale of what could happen if society doesn’t strive to hold on to progress made over recent decades. Social and civil tensions are on the rise. Increased crime and a society plagued by addictions grow as threats from within. Both the Tea Party and Occupy Movement bring both menacing anger and passive-aggressive behavior to their “conversations.” Words and weapons are prolific and the long-term costs could be very high. We should all be working together.

And back to that Johari Window, my own could use a good cleaning.

Expectantly,

Monte

Diversity Conversations written by Eric M. Ellis, M.A.

Diversity Conversations written by Eric M. Ellis, M.A.

“This is an honest book, loaded with learnings and insights expressed in real-world terms. It will be a rare reader who leaves this book without being more aware of his or her own beliefs and better able to appreciate those of others and, as a result, being able to live a more satisfying life.”John E. Pepper retired Chairman and CEO of The Procter & Gamble Co. and Retired Chairman of The Walt Disney Company

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No $timulus! Taking A Summer Break…

No $timulus!

$timulus Is Taking A Summer Break

Greetings All,

It’s summertime and the heat wave is breaking. We’ll take a break from $timulus and reassess come autumn. Get out and meet some new friends, try some new groups and make things happen! Read a few good books, catch some festivals, and put some new moves into action.

Expectantly,

Monte

Most Patriotic Entry in 07.03.12 Streets of West Chester "Cruise In!"

Most Patriotic Entry in 07.03.12 Streets of West Chester “Cruise In!”

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Open Networking and Car Show Continues in the Streets of West Chester, OH 07.03.12

Open Networking and Car Show Continues in the Streets of West Chester, OH 45069

$timulus Open Networking

Book-Free Night

Tuesday evening 07.03 at 7

Greetings All,

The excitement continues as cars and warm evenings continue to roll in for the summer “Cruise In” of classic cars in The Streets of West Chester. We will have another book-free night to visit and stroll amongst the antiques and visit with their owners. The DJ from On-The-Air will have the oldies cranked. You never know just who you might meet out there in the streets. The people that own these masterpieces don’t seem to be hurting for money.

Join us, won’t you?

Monte

“Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Still fast even while sitting still.


$timulus: An Open Book and Networking Group

Barnes & Noble in the Streets of West Chester

(I-75 Exit 19 Union Centre Blvd., Past The Rave Theater)

9455 Civic Centre Boulevard, West Chester, OH 45069

Every Tuesday evening at 7:00 P.M. (Weather Permitting)

There is no charge for $timulus!!!

Monte at 513.769.6313 or montewashburn@gmail.com

Complete with surf board, old bikes, and coolers.

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$timulus Open Networking and Classic Car “Cruise In” Continues 06.26.12

Open Networking and Car Show Continues in the Streets of West Chester, OH 45069

$timulus Open Networking

Tuesday evening 06.26 at 7ish

Greetings All,

The excitement continues as cars and warm evenings continue to roll in for the summer “Cruise In” of classic cars in The Streets of West Chester. We will have another book-free night to visit and stroll amongst the antiques and visit with their owners. The DJ from On-The-Air will have the oldies cranked. You never know just who you might meet out there in the streets. The people that own these masterpieces don’t seem to be hurting for money.  No rain is in the forecast for early this week.

Join us, won’t you?

Monte

“It’s a never-ending battle of making your cars better and also trying to be better yourself.”  – Dale Earnhardt

 

Simply Elegant!

$timulus: An Open Book and Networking Group

Barnes & Noble in the Streets of West Chester

(I-75 Exit 19 Union Centre Blvd., Past The Rave Theater)

9455 Civic Centre Boulevard, West Chester, OH 45069

Every Tuesday evening at 7:00 P.M. (Weather Permitting)

There is no charge for $timulus!!!

Monte at 513.769.6313 or montewashburn@gmail.com

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$timulus Open Networking and Car Show Continues 06.19.12

Get your engines rev’d for summer!

Open Networking and Car Show Continues in the Streets of West Chester, OH 45069

Open Networking

Tuesday evening 06.19 at 7

Greetings All,

The cars and warm evenings are back for the annual summer “Cruise In” and classic cars in The Streets of West Chester. Last week was fun and even more cars and folks should turn out this week. We’ll take a break from hitting the business, personal development, and cosmic change books quite so hard and put some of them to work out in the streets. We’ll meet briefly in the café for a few tickler points and questions from some various books. Anyone is free to roam and see the cars and chat up their owners.  The DJ will have the oldies cranked.

Bring your business cards, cameras, and be ready with your power message. You never know just who you might meet out there in the streets. The people that own these masterpieces don’t seem to be hurting for money. The Ghost-Busters vehicle was there last week. No rain is in the forecast for early this week.

Join us, won’t you?

Monte

 “A dream without ambition is like a car without gas… you’re not going anywhere.”  – Sean Hampton

 

$timulus: An Open Book and Networking Group

Barnes & Noble in the Streets of West Chester

(I-75 Exit 19 Union Centre Blvd., Past The Rave Theater)

9455 Civic Centre Boulevard, West Chester, OH 45069

Every Tuesday evening at 7:00 P.M. (Weather Permitting)

There is no charge for $timulus!!!

Monte at 513.769.6313 or montewashburn@gmail.com

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Open Networking Event- Summer Cruise In in the Streets of West Chester, 45069

Networking in the Streets of West Chester, OH 45069

Open Networking

Tuesday evening 06.12.12 at 7

Greetings All,

It’s Summer Cruise In time once again and classic cars will be cruising back to the Streets of West Chester. We’ll take a break from hitting the business, personal development, and cosmic change books so hard and put some of them to work out in the streets. Johnny Kasich says that unemployment is way down and everybody is back to work so we can turn to partying on Tuesday nights, at least for the summer. There will be plenty to do and see with all manner of classy cars in attendance, and the story-filled characters that own them, all to a DJ driven soundtrack. Bring your business cards, cameras, and cocktail lines! You never know just who you might meet out there in the streets. Sometimes the Love Bug Herbie (53) makes an appearance. Many power cars that don’t exactly quality as classic or antique find their way onto the lawn as well.

If we get rained out we will meet in the Barnes & Noble Café and look at some Fire Starter materials from Lady Danielle LaPorte.

Join us, won’t you?

Monte

What is your RPM?

What is your RPM?

Everything I’ve accomplished has had inner circle support — high-minded, big strategy, sleeves-rolled up kind of support. No secrets, souls-bared, nuts and bolts hashing it out. Late nights in living rooms, emergency cellphone calls on street corners. Power advice by texts. Three-day retreats with coloured pens, calendars out and red wine. You get the idea. – Danielle LaPorte

Class is ageless!

$timulus: An Open Book and Networking Group

Barnes & Noble in the Streets of West Chester

(I-75 Exit 19 Union Centre Blvd., Past The Rave Theater)

9455 Civic Centre Boulevard, West Chester, OH 45069

Every Tuesday evening at 7:00 P.M. (Weather Permitting)

There is no charge for $timulus!!!

Monte at 513.769.6313 or montewashburn@gmail.com

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Be Challenged! Read “Get Rich Click!”

Get Rich Click!: The Ultimate Guide to Making Money on the Internet

Open Discussion on the Book Written by Marc Ostrofsky

Tuesday evening 06.05.12 at 7

Greetings All,

Could you be self-employed and just not know it? For the many that have been left unemployed or under-employed in recent years the economy is not giving any signs of major improvement regardless of who gets elected next year. Can you afford to wait? Continuing on the theme from last week we will look at additional options for entrepreneurship. In “Get Rich Click!” Marc Ostrofsky offers proven methodology and strategies revolving around online entities. Many of the opportunities Ostrofsky presents can be handled while you are still looking for a W-2 job or holding one.

The special emphasis this week will be on creating and operating your own web site, also, functioning as an affiliate. Marc shows the ropes on how to create/choose a product or service, setup a way to be paid, handle shipping, delivery, and service. Why not take a shot at some of the opportunities outlined in “Get Rich Click!” You own a computer and have Internet service or you wouldn’t be reading this. Or you could keep waiting for The Man or politicians to make things better.

 “Get Rich Clicks” For Discussion:

  • What “niche” could you fill in the digital marketplace?
  • Define “need and fulfillment”
  • Repeat question: Is your current employer or current industry looking out for you?
  • Repeat question: How much time do you waste per week that could be used to create a viable enterprise?
  • Repeat question: What are your “excuses?” “But, but, but…?”
  • Repeat question: What if you “fail?”
  • Repeat question: How are those “retirement projections” looking about now?
  • Repeat question: What is “job security?”
  • Repeat question: Next steps?

 “Taking action is my mantra for success. Get Rich Click will show you how to take
action online. This is a book that will move you toward your dream of building an
online business.” – Les Brown

 Join us, won’t you?

Monte

What else could you be doing?

What else could you be doing?

$timulus: An Open Book and Networking Group

Barnes & Noble in the Streets of West Chester

(I-75 Exit 19 Union Centre Blvd., Past The Rave Theater)

9455 Civic Centre Boulevard, West Chester, OH 45069

Every Tuesday evening at 7:00 P.M. (Weather Permitting)

There is no charge for $timulus!!!

Monte at 513.769.6313 or montewashburn@gmail.com

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