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Thanksgiving 2017

Posted by Dave Griffith on November 22, 2017 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

In America, we are about to enter into a time that in many parts of the world would be impossible to experience, let alone understand. This Friday will be black Friday, Monday will be Cyber Monday, and then it will be 25 days to Christmas. Billions, with a “B,” spending will be massive, and consumer debt will swell for the January credit card mailings.


As I reflect on what is undoubtedly ahead, I think about why this bothers me so. As we get ready to head to our...

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Priority

Posted by Dave Griffith on October 31, 2017 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)


One of the core learnings in the Leadership research I have done and in the teaching that I do as well as in my experience is that the only real asset we have that we can control is time.

Someone will always be smarter; someone will always be better looking, someone will have more toys, and someone will have something you do not. Another lesson for another time is someone will also have less.

On reflection the only ...

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Privilege and Poverty

Posted by Dave Griffith on October 17, 2017 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)



“I know a few folks who were born on third base and think they hit a triple.”


“ People in poverty just don’t want to work.”


In the work that we do I hear the above all the time. The issue is the very uncomfortable topic of privilege. Privilege defined as a condition afforded to one set of individuals and not another. Th...

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Values

Posted by Dave Griffith on September 29, 2017 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Over the last several years much has been written about values. To the point where one could grow numb. Perhaps this is a function of individuals giving speeches about their values and then living a life inconsistent with their words. Substitute the word faith for values, and the same comments are accurate.

I am not saying, in fact, few of us would say, that our own accountability to our v...

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Thoughts

Posted by Dave Griffith on September 21, 2017 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Values Matter.

Dignity

Community

Justice

Impact

Wear Muddy Boots.

Go into the field and listen.

You can be in the maintenance business or the change business.

Choose change

It is all about talent.

Your goal as a leader should be to be the dumbest person in your organization.

Scar Tissue is the best teacher.

Just make sure it is not repetitive.

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Labor Day

Posted by Dave Griffith on September 4, 2017 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Labor Day


I have long viewed Labor Day as a significant annual marker. Two-thirds of the year is gone, a third to go. Summer ends and the school year begins. The first days of fall give rise to the change of colors, the days grow darker, and soon the V’s of geese will be forming for the migration south.


This year it also marks a rise...

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No more Tweets

Posted by Dave Griffith on August 2, 2017 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)




As I write this posting, the world has changed a bit since the first Muddy Boots Blog in November of 2013. As is our family practice, I am sitting on the porch of a house in Codfish Park in Sconset Nantucket overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. I am about as far away from Philadelphia, and our work at Episcopal Community Services as one can be. Perhaps it is the contrast that sharpens my thoughts, and...

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July 4, 2017 Mr. President

Posted by Dave Griffith on July 4, 2017 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)


Age and Citizenship requirements - US Constitution, Article II, Section 1


No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been...

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All Rise

Posted by Dave Griffith on June 7, 2017 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (1)


I went to a New England boarding school in that late 1960’s. Part of that experience is the instilling of traditions that become imprinted. Class room dress, Chapel dress, mandatory sports, mandatory study hall, and lights out. One that has a particular memory for me is the tradition of standing when the headmaster and his wife entered the dining room for family style dinner. A prefect woul...

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Long into the Night

Posted by Dave Griffith on March 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Long into the night I look out the kitchen window, the glass acting as a dark mirror, sitting at the table with a cooling cup of coffee, the phone in my ear, listening, trying to be present when I cannot physically be.

In my work words matter, but so does the ability to listen. Tonight the person on the phone just needs to talk to a trusting ear. Some nights they just need an assurance, oth...

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A Change Pivot

Posted by Dave Griffith on February 10, 2017 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)


I remember clearly the first time I was told that change is constant and that if you don’t adapt, you die, and that change is what happens. On reflection that was harsh advice for a 5 year old on the passing of his dog, but setting that aside, the observation has, as we all know, proved out. The evidence is overwhelming. No comment on the parenting skills.

So why do we fight it?

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Resolutions

Posted by Dave Griffith on January 2, 2017 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)


It would be way too easy to fall into the trap of if 2016 was a wine we would put it away and never drink it. Might gift it, but that’s another post.


However I will agree that 2016 has been a year of high highs and low lows.


On the high side our Son moved back east and is working and living in Philadelphia. I don’t miss the 3000 mile...

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The Power of a Safety Pin

Posted by Dave Griffith on November 25, 2016 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

So the presidential election is over. No doubt it will take some time for the dust to settle.

 

Thanksgiving has come and gone.

 

Advent begins.

 

Winter is upon us, I know this because of the movement of geese settling into the cut fields, feeding, and calling loudly as they do this time of year. You can set a seasonal clock by their call. It is a season defined more by the da...

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Chicago UnleashWD

Posted by Dave Griffith on October 22, 2016 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)


I was recently in Chicago to speak at “UnleashWD”, a conference on innovation in the distribution space that feature speakers in a TED like setting. Three of us were asked to speak on leadership in an environment of innovation.


While I am currently in the nonprofit space with Episcopal Community Services, I have been in distribution most of my professional life. I...

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The Founder's pledge

Posted by Dave Griffith on September 24, 2016 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)


“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”


One of the benefits of living and working in Philadelphia is we have many reminders of the founders of the Republic and the events which brought them together, starting wit...

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It started with Muddy Boots

Posted by Dave Griffith on August 6, 2016 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)



Muddy Boots


The title of this blog comes from an experience when I first became a manager at IBM with responsibility for employees. I called my Dad and let him know I had become a manager. He asked me to stand up, look down, and tell him what I saw.


Black wingtips I replied.


Wrong Answer: you need to be wearing muddy boot...

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A long line of towns.......

Posted by Dave Griffith on June 14, 2016 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Remarks to the staff and stakeholders of ECS where I am an employee:


The events this weekend in Orlando catch all of us. I fear that we grow numb to the violence and note that would be a great danger because it is all around us. In Orlando now and in communities across our country 50 dead or 1 dead due to gun violence or any violence is one too many. At ECS our work is about building bridges and not walls between communities. It is about leaning into the work of inclusion an...

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Remarks from St Mary's

Posted by Dave Griffith on May 10, 2016 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Good Morning. My name is Dave Griffith and I am honored to be with you this morning here at Saint Mary’s and I thank you and Father Mike for the invitation.

Before I share with you my prepared remarks I need as an Episcopalian to comment on events this week. I have never been prouder to be a member of the US Episcopal Church and with our new Presiding...

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