|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on August 21, 2021 at 10:40 AM||comments (0)|
It is early Saturday morning. I am sitting on the couch in my study, my laptop on my lap, and the dog asleep next to me. I have hit a wall, and so have many of the people I work with, and what I note is that wall is vastly bigger and taller for the people we serve at my agency in Philadelphia.
I have been through tough times before, and the lesson is always you come through, and the sun comes up on another day. Different than the one before, but the light and the warmth return. I refle...Read Full Post »
|Posted by email@example.com on June 27, 2021 at 8:10 PM||comments (0)|
I spent a late afternoon in the pool with my grandson. It is June, and it is hot. However, the water is still cool, and the contrast to the humid and sticky air is delightful. He is learning to swim, and while he uses a noodle to float, it is way more fun to use it to redirect the return jets and shoot water at his Grandfather. So we take a break and, sitting on the pool steps, half in and half out, have a Popsicle. We debate which is better, ice cream or frozen Popsi...Read Full Post »
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on May 16, 2021 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
May 15, 2021 is a Sunday. For the first time in 14 months we went to an indoor worship service with fellow parish members. Yes we are vaccinated and yes we wore masks and yes communion was bread only. But it was a gathering of fellow souls for whom in service worship is the bedrock and foundation of the rhythm of our lives. While we have a ways to go and much of the world will not be the same, it was good to return to the simple rituals of faith and to reflect that that same faith is what has...Read Full Post »
|Posted by email@example.com on April 23, 2021 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
The following message went to the ECS community last night.
The longest day must have its close—the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning.
An eternal, inexorable lapse of moments is ever hurrying the day of the evil to an eternal night,
and the night of the just to an eternal day.
-Harriet Beecher Stowe
The verdict for Derek Chauvin reminds us how often the system has failed Black Americans, how many times the oppressor has gone Scot free. Tamir Ric...Read Full Post »
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on March 21, 2021 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
As we make the turn to a time post-Covid, some things I suggest we think about and a call to action.
1.Organizational North Star. What is it, and does everyone in your organization know it and where they fit?
2. Talent. New rules, new challenges, the hybrid experience makes communications, travel, and interaction different. You need to adapt.
3. How good is the team at giving and getting feedback, crucial conversations, and being able to name the elephant in ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by email@example.com on February 19, 2021 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
This week as I attended virtually staff meetings, board meetings, committee meetings, check-ins, and zoom with friends and family, I heard a common comment. “Our people are exhausted!”
The next question is, “ What action can we take?” I have heard a range of suggestions. No meeting days, shut the business for a day, listening sessions, send snacks, put off non-essential tasks, set hours for email and work, lower expectations. You could...Read Full Post »
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on December 17, 2020 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
“We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before, and others will stand on ours. Let our shared legacy be that even in the darkest of days, ECS gave light to the darkness and answered with our full measure the call to service. There will always be fires, and we will always respond.” (150th remarks)
One of my favorite quotes with attribution to St Francis is “Preach the gospel and sometimes use words.” As I reflect on the year th...Read Full Post »
|Posted by email@example.com on November 8, 2020 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
2020 has been dark, even in the bright days of summer.
But even amid darkness, we have seen rays of light and hope.
Shift changes at medical centers at the height of Covid. Horns honking and individuals cheering and clapping as doctors and nurses came and went about their round changes. With 220,000 deaths and climbing, we see births, marriages, virtual graduations. With record unemployment and shutdowns, we see businesses reinventing and finding new ways t...Read Full Post »
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on September 15, 2020 at 10:50 AM||comments (0)|
With a few weeks until 11.3.2020, I thought it appropriate to frame the issues and what is at stake against one of my go-to bedrock quotes.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort w...Read Full Post »
|Posted by email@example.com on August 16, 2020 at 10:40 AM||comments (0)|
My daughter takes about CV19 in terms of the “before” time, the “now” time, and the “after” time. The “now” time has all of our attention, frustration, and hope. At ECS, we are working to deliver essential services at our shelter and emergency housing, and getting ready to staff our Out of School Time program in the Fall to support the City and School District as Philadelphia children go back to school virtually. Plans are underway to provide po...Read Full Post »