Creating A Positive Workplace Culture, Learning from People You Love, 12 Year Old Activists & Amazing Pictures to Make You Think

This week:


Creating A Positive Workplace Culture – A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way:

Research shows positive environments produce positive benefits specifically to engagement, relationships, health and the bottom line

Does your company promote a positive work culture? Do you consider yourself a person who acts with kindness and positivity? Today’s high stress work environment is taking a negative toll on our overall well-being. We spend more time working than we do anything else. It is becoming more important now to pay attention to how we treat each other whether at work, home or at the grocery store. As a team and culture specialist, how we interact at work has consequences on our well-being

Students Learn From People They Love:

Putting relationship quality at the center of education and honoring the Power of Vulnerability where emotion is not the opposite of reason, it’s essential to reason…


12-Year-Old Activist Challenges Pope Francis to Go Vegan for $1 Million:
A group of animal advocates, including actress Mena Suvari, Sir Paul McCartney, and young vegan activist Genesis Butler, urges the Pope to set an example by going vegan for Lent.


What’s Going On In This Picture?
Amazing Images From Four Years of “What’s Going On In This Picture…


Thanks this week go to Marlaine M, Alan D, and leaders promoting kindness and positive culture everywhere!

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“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we have learned
here. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and
the acceptance of love back into our hearts.”

— Marianne Williamson


Your Soul Food for Friday of Valentine’s Day Week 2019: Pronoia, Happiness Habits, Forgiving Even When It Is Hard & Celebrating Differences

This week:


The title of Tina Turner’s first comeback song after a hiatus that followed an abusive marriage and domestic violence.
February—the month of love and friendship; the celebration of Valentine’s Day, and the call for people of character to do something (cards, candy, cash)

A History Lesson
Americans probably began exchanging handmade valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.”
Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

A Science Lesson
There is an extreme powerful force that, so far, science has not found a formal explanation…This universal force is LOVE….
Love is Light to those who give it and receive it.
Love is Gravity, because it makes some people feel attracted to others.
Love is Power, because it multiplies the best we have, and allows humanity not to be extinguished in their blind selfishness.
Love unfolds and reveals.
For love we live and die.
Love is the most powerful force there is, because it has no limit.
Love is God and God is Love….
From a letter by Albert Einstein to his daughter

A Question: What Is This Thing Called Love?
The title of a song written by Cole Porter that asks: “What is this thing called love, this funny thing called love? Just who can solve this mystery?
Psychologist, Barbara Fredrickson, author of the book Positivity, writes about “the science of happiness” and focuses on ten positive emotions – love, joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration and awe. She writes that these ten emotions give life to the “happiness habits” of building and maintaining strong relationships.
“Love,” she writes, “comes into play in a close and safe relationship. Love is the most common feeling of positivity and comes in surges. Love bonds us to those with whom we have the deepest connections. Love fosters warmth and trust with the people who mean the most to us. Love makes us want to do and be better people.”

Another Question: What is Good Character?
Our friend, character education guru, and psychologist Thomas Lickona answers:
It’s having the right stuff on the inside strengths such as honesty, respect, responsibility, caring, and self-control. Character is built, not born. We create our character by the choices we make. Good choices create good character; bad choices create bad character. Character is the key to self-respect, to the respect of others, to positive relationships, to a sense of fulfillment, to achievement, to a happy marriage, to success in every area of life.

Three Views of Character and Love
I found these quotes in my files. I do not know who the authors are.
Your character is who you are. To understand yourself is to know your character. To love yourself is to love your character.
People of character know how to love. They love unconditionally. They forgive freely. They lift up all people without prejudice or discrimination. You never really know the true quality of someone’s character until the road gets rocky…those, who truly love us, always stick with us; the losers fall off the boat quickly!


Practicing Forgiveness Even When It Is Hard:
This Grammy artist shares where that soulful spirit comes from.
Yes sometimes love means having to say you are sorry…

Difference: The ONLY Thing We Have In Common:
Empathy for others and seeing the divinity in them, even when they don’t look, think or act like us is a noble human trait!


Thanks this week go to Ed D, Marlaine C & All Lovers of Humanity and Sentient Beings

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Protecting Yourself and Your Kids Online

This week:


You Deserve Privacy Online. Here’s How You Could Actually Get It:

In 2019, it’s time to stand up for the right to privacy—yours, mine, all of ours. Consumers shouldn’t have to tolerate another year of companies irresponsibly amassing huge user profiles, data breaches that seem out of control and the vanishing ability to control our own digital lives.

This problem is solvable—it isn’t too big, too challenging or too late. Innovation, breakthrough ideas and great features can go hand in hand with user privacy—and they must. Realizing technology’s potential depends on it.

We all deserve control over our digital lives. That’s why we must rein in the data brokers Read the full story

Here Are Some Tips on How to Better Protect Your Personal Email Accounts:

  • Use complex passwords of at least 10 characters long (combination of upper and lowercase, symbols and numbers).
  • Change your email password regularly, and use phrases instead of words (e.g. Change “SmellyCat” to “_Sm3llyC@T_”).
  • Use dual-factor authentication (e.g. Gmail’s 2-step-verification), where access to your email requires your user credentials and a soft-token like a one-time code texted to your mobile device. If your email service does not have dual-factor capability, change email providers !
  • Do not use the same password for multiple websites. (We are all guilty of this)
  • Do not enter password hints when prompted.


I Mentored Mark Zuckerberg. I Loved Facebook. But I Can’t Stay Silent About What’s Happening:
I am really sad about Facebook. I got involved with the company more than a decade ago and have taken great pride and joy in the company’s success … until the past few months. Now I am disappointed. I am embarrassed. I am ashamed. With more than 1.7 billion members, Facebook is among the most influential businesses in the world. Whether they like it or not–whether Facebook is a technology company or a media company–the company has a huge impact on politics and social welfare. Every decision that Read the full story


What you can do if your child has allowed Facebook to mine their phone for $20/month:
Here are some issues you need to discuss with your child…

  1. Personal information is money

Let your child know that their personal information is worth a lot more than $20/month. They need to value it and protect it.  Talk to them about being selective with the information they provide to apps and websites.

  1. They can be spied on

Inform your child that they are potentially being spied by Facebook. Even though Facebook claims that they are not spying on teens but how do we really know what Facebook is doing.  Since Facebook is collecting all the information they have about your child, for all we know they are monitoring everything about their digital lives.

  1. They can be accused of a crime

Everyone has the right to privacy, especially children. Facebook collect — and store — untold amounts of data. It’s unclear what it is doing with the data they pick up. And if it’s subpoenaed, they might have to hand it over.

Say your kid jokes about terrorism or something else illegal; if there’s an investigation into those activities, Facebook might have to give up the transcripts.

  1. Talk to your child about online safety 

When such an incident happens, talk to your child about the event and the implications of it. Let them know that big tech companies can never protect them online. This goes not just for Facebook but all social media platform.

All the personal information your child have shared can be sucked out of them instantly. Once their data is exposed it is irreversible and Facebook cannot protect them from this.

Finally, don’t forget to install parental monitoring software on your children’s phone. This can help you oversee what sort of apps your child has downloaded. You can tighten their security or prevent them from installing apps that you’ve decided are just too risky or untrustworthy.


Apple rolls out fix for FaceTime eavesdropping bug- Everything you need to know about the iPhone XR

San Francisco (CNN Business) Apple has fixed the FaceTime bug that let people eavesdrop on unanswered group video calls.

The software updates — iOS 12.1.4 and macOS Mojave 10.14.3 — were rolled out to iPhones, iPads and Mac computers on Thursday, nine days after videos of the bug in action went viral on social media.

A person could exploit the glitch to hear live audio on another other person’s phone, even though the recipient had not accepted the FaceTime call. In some cases, the bug could also show live video of the other person if they pressed a volume button to dismiss the call.

Apple said it will compensate 14-year-old Grant Thompson and his family for flagging the bug more than a week before it attracted national attention. The company, which didn’t reveal how much the reward would be, said it will also contribute money toward his education.

While investigating the bug, Apple discovered another security issue involving Live Photos on FaceTime. The company did not specify what the bug was or how it worked, but the new updates fixes that issue. Apple disabled the use of LivePhotos in FaceTime on devices that have not yet been updated.

To install the software updates on iOS devices, go to Settings -> General -> Software Updates and tap “Download and Install.” On a Mac, open the App Store and go to the Updates section.

If you disabled FaceTime, you’ll have to turn it back on in Settings to resume using the feature.

The bug was first reported by 9to5Mac on January 29 after people began sharing videos of it in action on social media. Apple disabled the Group FaceTime feature later that day for all users while it worked on a software fix for the issue. The bug worked on iPhones and iPads running iOS 12.1, and Apple PCs running macOS Mojave, which recently added the Group FaceTime feature.

“Today’s software update fixes the security bug in Group FaceTime. We again apologize to our customers and we thank them for their patience,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement. “In addition to addressing the bug that was reported, our team conducted a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service and made additional updates to both the FaceTime app and server to improve security”

Thompson, a high school freshman in Arizona, discovered the flaw on January 19 while trying to start a FaceTime group chat with his friends. His mother Michele Thompson tried to warn Apple about the issue by calling, emailing, tweeting at, and even faxing the company, but Apple did not publicly address the problem until was shared online by other iPhone users.


If you are local…
Making Work Meaningful with Purpose Calling & Passion:




Join us for an Evening of Learning & Inspiration on February 12th

According to Gallup, only one-third of the American workforce are actually engaged, while 16% are actively disengaged, leaving 51% that are just showing up and doing the bare minimum!

But why? Jeff will explore what is behind this atrocity, what to do about it and what it will mean to you, your employees and your customers.

You will discover:
– How business lost its meaning
– How a leader’s personal purpose and calling are the cornerstone for positive change
– Proof: An experiential exercise to prove the process can make work meaningful

Click here to watch a video On Purpose.


5:30pm – 6:00pm – Networking, Registration, and Happy Hour
6:15pm – Welcome
6:15pm – 7:45pm – Main Event

Jeff Blanton

Biography of Jeff Blanton

Jeff’s purpose in life is “Mobilizing Possibilities.” His book, “Jailbreak Leadership”, provides a proven process for leaders to discover both their Purpose and Calling. When aligned to their natural passion, leaders gain the confidence to fully utilize their unique gifts and apply their own powerful principles to make work meaningful for themselves as well as the businesses and individuals they lead.

Frustrated, both by his own lack of satisfaction and the fact that over 80% of today’s workforce is not fully engaged, Jeff aggressively sought after a solution for making work meaningful. His 35 years of successfully leading large strategic change initiatives, for well-funded start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, became the backdrop for understanding how the Purpose and Calling of the leader is the key for changing how we all see work.
Jeff is the President of the Blanton Group, an organization dedicated to helping leaders transform Purpose into possibility. He is involved with multiple non-profit boards and has been engaged in all forms of business ministry.

Jeff’s radio show can be heard on AM 1210, FM 106.5 North County on Sunday afternoons. You can also follow Jeff and his guests on his highly engaging podcast, Jailbreak Leaders.

When: February 12, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:45 PM

Address and Parking:

Corporate Alliance
9540 Towne Centre Dr, Unit 150, San Diego, CA 92121

Free parking in front of building.


CCSD Member – $15

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Friends of CCSD – $20
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Non-Member – $30

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Thanks this week go to Peter S, Jojo S, Parenting 2.0 and Mindful Digital Citizens and Parents Everywhere!

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“Thomas Edison dreamed of a lamp that could be operated by electricity, began where he stood to put his dream into action, and despite more than ten thousand failures, he stood by that dream until he made it a physical reality. Practical dreamers do not quit.”— Napoleon Hill:


May I always be the person my dog thinks I am

This week on a doggone lighter note…

“May I always be the person my dog thinks I am”


Enjoy some light-hearted vids with (hu)man’s best friend!

Unleash your unbounded spirit with Stella
If this doesn’t make you smile check your pulse…

And this proves you can teach old dogs new tricks!

Can’t we just get along?

‘Superpower Dogs’ who will save the world & steal your heart:
‘Superpower Dogs’ finally pays respect to an overlooked breed of superhero: the four-legged variety. The first IMAX film to focus on dogs arrives March 15 in theaters nationwide, highlights canines that are saving lives, fighting crime and making life better for humans around the world…


Thanks this week go to Bob C for the vids, and to Kailee, Ellie and all the animals in the world that give us unbridled joy!

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“Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel.”– King Solomon

MLK Week: Character & Culture – “We are caught in an inevitable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny”

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
We are caught in an inevitable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
MLK Jr. Letter from Birmingham Jail


This week:

Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 90 this month, so this week we celebrate his work and enduring legacy of fighting for justice and liberation. And we remind ourselves of the work to come.  Rev. Dr. Steven Bland Jr. said, “We aren’t a nation that is divided, but a nation that is disconnected.”  This resonates even more today at this remarkable time in our country. As we strive to reconcile the disunited states of America, some brands are courageous enough to stand up for the beliefs and values that they hold near and dear.

Here are some poignant examples…

Race Relations
Hilarious AeroMexico Ad Trolls Border Wall Debate With Mexican ‘DNA Discounts’:
Surprise! You’re part Mexican!


Gender Issues
“It’s time we acknowledge that brands, like ours, play a role in influencing culture. And as a company that encourages men to be their best, we have a responsibility to make sure we are promoting positive, attainable, inclusive and healthy versions” of what it means to be a

Shaving company Gillette has been bombarded with both praise and abuse after launching an advertising campaign promoting a new kind of positive masculinity. Engaging with the #MeToo movement, the company’s new advertising campaign plays on its 30-year tagline “The best a man can get”, replacing it with “The best men can be”. The film, called We Believe: the Best Men Can Be, immediately went viral with more than 4m views on YouTube in 48 hours and generated both lavish praise and angry criticism.

“This commercial isn’t anti-male. It’s pro-humanity,” wrote Bernice King, daughter of the late civil rights legend Martin Luther King. “And it demonstrates that character can step up to change conditions.”


And the backsplash…
Me Too Ad Cuts Deep With Men’s Rights Activists


Color Flood
A more subtle yet equally powerful way to affirm diversity

It doesn’t just have to be businesses serving as a force for good
Canadian Air Traffic Send Pizzas to US Controllers Without Pay:
…one of CATCA’s control centers in Edmonton, Alberta, had the idea of sending pizzas to the controllers in Anchorage, Alaska. The units are so close that they regularly interact and the Canadian controllers thought it would be a nice gesture of solidarity. The idea took hold, and other units along the border sent pizza to the controllers with whom they share airspace. But now, units have been randomly selecting other units to send pizza to, sometimes based on similarities they think they share.


And here is a sound rejoinder to do it authentically!
Brand Purpose Is A Lie:
Purpose is something you believe, not something you make up one day as a marketing strategy

“An individual has not started living
until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns
to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thanks this week go to Alan D, Ron A, Ron M, Meg M, and all you fine individuals and organizations willing to stand up for what you believe!

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Pure Inspiration- Unbridled Joy of Sport and Art to Spark Your Soul!

This week:

Who's Awesome!?

Unbridled Joy of Sport and Art
Enjoy the unbounded delight, off the charts athleticism, and total engagement of her team and audience in this amazing soul-filled routine by Katelyn Ohashi that is a Perfect 10 in more ways than one!
Watch it a second time and focus not on her routine (good luck) but on the crowd that are one with the experience …

Behind each great talent and success story there is invariably a personal narrative, a heroine’s journey, an existential struggle and a coach/mentor/guide that helps press carbon into diamonds, turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones and convert the ordinary into magical…

UCLA Coach Helps Star Gymnast Find Her Way Back To A Sport She Loves
Perfect 10 Vid Gone Wild- Here is the Story Behind the Athlete & Her Coach

In your life are you the performer, the coach, the performance or the audience?

Thanks this week go to Charles B, and inspirers everywhere!

Stay Soul Filled and Surround Yourself with Those That Actualize YOUR Greatness While Actualizing the Greatness in Others!

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“One should guard against preaching to young people success in the customary form as the main aim in life.
The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work,
pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.” Albert Einstein, On Education

Talking ’bout My Education- Build a Culture, Set by Character Based on Collaboration & Commitment. Social Transformation Follows Personal Transformation! (+ Free Time Sensitive Purpose Field Guide Offer)

This week:

“Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts” 

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Art & Education to Inspire Action: A Mission of Love and Reconciliation

On October 28, 1938, Nazi secret police arrested 10-year-old Alfred Schindler at school because he was Jewish. That day he and his family were pushed out of Germany. Alfred never returned home to see his friends again. Of the entire Schindler family, only he and his brother Max survived the Holocaust. For the first time ever, German schoolchildren at Bewegte Grundschule, a primary school not far from Berlin have embarked on an art and education program to learn about the hate that embroiled their small town and much of Europe during WWII. They read the story of Alfred Schindler, a child much like them and the last Jewish boy to ever attend their school. What these students learned wasn’t easy, but they said they wanted to know what happened and they want to remember.


5 Guidelines for an Alchemical (Yoga) Class:
Insights for All Teachers of Integrity:




This blog was written as a direct result of reading David Brooks’ column, “Good Leaders Make Good Schools which I will summarize below.  The column topic reminded me of previous notes and publications that I wrote about school leadership.

For example, several years ago, I published an article in the Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education, and Development (September 2000, Vol. 39, Issue 1) titled, “Leadership for Character Education Programs.”  I suggested school principals and program leaders should be visionaries, missionaries, consensus builders, knowledge sources, standard bearers, architects, role models, communicators, collaborators, resource providers, and evaluators.  For each responsibility, I offered commentary about the “what and why.”

Elsewhere, I wrote described two views about character and leadership.

One was that of Zenger and Folkman (The Extraordinary Leader) who made a clear case that “Character is the center pole, the core of leadership effectiveness.”

The other was a summary of the Turknett Leadership Group’s “Leadership Character Model.”  Their view is that “Leadership is about character – who you are not, what you do.”  Their model includes three core qualities as the keys of leadership character:

1) Integrity [honesty, credibility, trustworthy];
2) Respect (empathy, lack of blame, motivational mastery, humility); and
3) Responsibility (self-confidence, accountability, focus on the whole, courage).

Current research about school principals is exciting and informative.  The Knowledge Center at contains more than 70 publications about school leadership.  In my readings of a few of the reports, I found evidence that effective principals establish leadership teams, led by the principal, assistant principals, and teacher leaders.  Team members shared responsibility for student progress.

Another discovery (at least for me) was that effective principals encourage collaboration “paying special attention to how school time is allocated.”  Another study reported that, coupled with collaboration, “principals who rated highly for the strength of their actions (commitment) to improve instruction were also more apt to encourage the staff to work collaboratively.”  Note this important finding, “When principals and teachers share leadership, teachers’ working relationships with one another are stronger and student achievement is higher.”

Now, all of this information is what I call “in-house stuff.”  My point—the public knows little about these significant findings.

Thus, it is left to journalists and the media to bring this important information to the public, especially parents, board members, and community leaders.  David Brooks did this in his column, “Good Leaders Make Good Schools” (NYT, 3-12, 2018).

In brief, here is what he wrote.

If you want to learn how to improve city schools, look how Washington D.C., New Orleans, and Chicago are already doing it. Restructuring schools and increasing teacher quality don’t get you very far without a strong principal.

How do they do this he asks?  His answer, “They build a culture…set by their behavior (character).”

He also notes that “it takes five to seven years for a principal to have full impact on a school….When you learn about successful principals, you keep coming back to character traits they embody and spread:  energy, trustworthiness, honesty, optimism, determination, and promotes a collaborative power structure.”

In bold type he writes a key finding from researchers who studied principals in 180 schools across nine states and concluded, “We have not found a single case of a school improving its student achievement record in absence of talented leadership.”

Brooks concludes, “We went through a period when we believed you could change institutions without first changing the character of the people in them.  But we were wrong. Social transformation follows personal transformation.”

The question for current school principals posed by Baruti K. Kafele, an award-winning former urban principal in New Jersey: “Is my school a better school because I lead it?”

His answer:

“It’s my strong belief that to lead your school forward, you must consider this question daily.  To answer this question affirmatively, you must be absolutely clear about who you are as the school leader, what your mission is, what purpose drives your work, and how you envision the future of your leadership and school.  These characteristics determine who you are, what you’re about, why you’re about it, and where you are going.  They serve as a mirror for why you do this work in the first place. You must lead your school with the confidence to say, ‘Yes, my school is, in fact, a better school because I lead it.’  And when you do, students win.”


Teachers and Trust: Cornerstones of the Finnish Education System:
Public school teachers in Brazil, Indonesia or Peru have stable jobs, enjoy high level of legal protection, and are part of teacher unions that shield them politically. Public school teachers in Finland also have stable jobs and are rarely fired. They are represented by a powerful teacher union, which is very influential among other stakeholders in policy discussions. Why do student learning outcomes among these countries vary dramatically?


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“There are two educations: the one that teaches how to make a living
and the other that teaches how to live”
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