Monday, July 26, 2021

Making Wise Choices

Before Patrick Lencioni wrote The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive in 2000 and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team in 2002, he wrote an earlier book called The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable (Jossey-Bass, 1998). While this book was not as well-known as the previous titles and did not become a best-seller, it still contained some important insights which many leaders this summer need to explore.

The book focuses on five temptations that every person in a leadership position faces on a regular basis. They are as follows:

- choosing status over results

- choosing popularity over accountability

- choosing certainty over clarity

- choosing harmony over productive conflict

- choosing invulnerability over trust

In each of the above temptations, leaders have a choice. The difficulty is that many times we do not think before we choose. We just choose to get things done, and move quickly on to the next thing on the list.

This summer, following the advice of Lencioni in the above book, I hope you will “make results the most important measure of personal success”, “work for the long term respect of your direct reports, not their affection”, “make clarity more important than accuracy”, “tolerate discord as tumultuous meetings are often signs of progress while tame ones are often signs of leaving important issues off the table”, and “actively encourage your people to challenge your ideas…. as a CEO, that is the greatest level of trust that you can give.”

We all have important work to do this summer. Making wise choices is the first step.

Geery Howe, M.A. Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational Change Morning Star Associates 319 - 643 - 2257

Monday, July 19, 2021

Navigating the Complex

According to Virgina Satir, the influential American author and psychotherapist who is recognized for her pioneering work in family reconstruction therapy,  wrote that highly functional people tend to do the following:

- see and hear what they see and hear, rather than what they are supposed to see and hear.

- think what they think, rather than what they are supposed to think.

- feel what they feel, rather than what they are supposed to feel.

- want what they want, rather than what they are supposed to want.

- imagine what they imagine, rather than what they are supposed to imagine.

As I ponder her insights, I am reminded of something Kevin Cashman shared in his book, Leadership From The Inside Out: Becoming a Leader for Life (Berrett-Koehler, 2008). As he wrote, “Five leadership skills are required to navigate complex challenges: collaboration rather heroics, building and mending relationships, participative management, change management and adaptability, risk taking.” He continues by pointing out that “all significant change begins with self-change…. Our ability to grow as a leader is based on our ability to grow as a person.”

This is a major insight on so many levels because, as Virgina Satir pointed out earlier, it means we have to be more conscious about what we see, hear, think, feel and want. We need to recognize our choices because the road ahead will be filled with many opportunities to navigate complex challenges.

This week, I encourage you to reflect on one more statement by Kevin Cashman: “We lead from who we are - the leader and the person are one…. as the person grows, the leader grows.” I hope you will choose a pathway this summer that yields tremendous personal and professional growth.

Geery Howe, M.A. Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational Change Morning Star Associates 319 - 643 - 2257

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

What’s Going On With My Team?

For the last 30 days during executive coaching sessions, I have encountered many questions related to teams and team work. Many senior executives and middle managers are completely stumped on why their teams are struggling or becoming more and more dysfunctional over the course of this summer.

In order to offer perspective about such an important topic, I have had to help people pull back from the challenges of this summer and look at the issue over the course of the last three years. 

First, 2018 and 2019 were challenging times. We forget this because 2020 was brutal. Still, we need to recognize that during these two years before the pandemic teams were stretch by fluctuating market conditions and uncertainty. The result was that many teams entered into 2020 struggling and worn.

And then in March, the global pandemic arrived in full force. Highly functional teams with many heritage relationships handled the initial impact of the pandemic fairly well. They could switch into a high degree of teamwork and collaboration. They focused on how to maintain operational continuity and customer service with its mix of adaptive and technical problems.

However, most teams struggled in late March through early June of 2020. If they had any degree of dsyfunctionality going into the pandemic, it just got worse because of the need for fast execution, and in-depth problem solving.

From my vantage point, most struggling teams during the second and third quarters of 2020 de-evolved into single leader work groups. This would be a normal response during a crisis situation where time is of the essence. But the difficulty over time is that many single leader work groups actually became “a genius with a thousand helpers” mode of operations, citing the work of Jim Collins in his book, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap. . . and Others Don't (HarperBusiness, 2001). The difficulty of this model of operations is that the “genius” becomes a hub through which all communications and decisions have to take place. And when working in a highly adaptive problem solving period over a long period of time, the genius does not have enough time, energy or perspective to make the best decisions. It becomes reactive leadership that leads to decision fatigue and team disengagement.

As 2020 moved into the fourth quarter and then into 2021, many teams and single leader work groups plus numerous burned out geniuses continued to de-evolve. Under more and more pressure to solve problems quickly and people’s natural tendency to silo up during extended periods of high stress and low control, most teams became work groups. 

Within a work group, the members of the group interact primarily to share information or perspective, and to make decisions to help each individual perform within his or her area of responsibility. There is no reason for either a team approach or a level of mutual accountability. To members within a work group, team building activities are pointless and take time that could better be spent “doing real work.” In short, the focus is to share information and then for me to get back to getting my work done. There is no focus on collective goals or collective solutions.

This situation has been compounded by the lack of analog or face to face team interactions. With everyone meeting on digital platforms like Zoom or Teams over such a long period of time, the 2D world of digital communications has made communication between people focus on getting things done. Task management has become more important than relationship management. And this never leads to improved teamwork or collaboration.

So, recognizing that the pandemic is not going away anytime soon, and this has resulted in a massive amount of team de-evolution in combination with silo behaviors at the individual level, what do we do?

First, it is time to rebuild our teams. It is team building 101 all over again. Begin by clearly defining who is on the team and why. Next, define the purpose of the team and how they will measure progress and success. Then, clarify expectations about communication before, during and after team meetings. Finally, discuss decision-making within the team. 

Remember there have been numerous good books and articles on the subject. It is time to reread or consult these resources. The solution is to consciously focus on building or rebuilding your team. In the end, you want a highly cohesive team that focuses on collective goals and collective responsibility.

These are challenging times. Therefore, we need healthy teamwork and collaboration in order to be resilient in the midst of it all. Now is the time to create healthy teams moving in the same direction. When you do this, you and your company will handle whatever happens next in any market, against any competition, at any time.

Geery Howe, M.A. Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational Change Morning Star Associates 319 - 643 - 2257

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Bumble Bee Soccer

Many years ago, our two elementary aged sons participated in a nearby youth soccer league. They had 1-2 practices per week and a game every Saturday morning.

Having grown up playing soccer, I was glad our young children were playing. But when young children play the sport, it really is bumble bee soccer. By this I mean, where ever the ball is all the children run to the ball. It is a swarm of action.

I remember one game in particular. We were playing in a small park with lots of trees surrounding the field. For the parents, it was delightful to finally have some shade.

As the game unfolded, the coaches and many of the parents were shouting for the young players to spread out, maintain their positions and to pass the ball. But the urge to just kick the ball often conquers the need to play as a team.

So on this particular Saturday morning, right in the middle of this game with a swarm of little children racing around after the ball, an antique plane flew over the field. One by one, every little boy and girl stopped playing, looked up, and watched the plane. The ball rolled to a full stop. Once the plane was out of sight, they again swarmed the ball.


I don’t remember who won the game. I just remember that during the entire game, the players had two focal points, the ball and for a brief moment a very cool old plane.

Right now, as we move through these busy summer days, it feels like many departments and teams are playing bumble bee soccer. People are chasing after the ball or dropping everything to stare at a plane. They are just working in the moment.

In many companies, no one is playing their position and passing the ball to others. No one is executing the game plan. No one is thinking about the whole season of playing the game. It’s all now, all the time.

I think the solution to this problem is for team leaders, divisional leaders and senior leaders to call a “time out” and refocus everyone on three things. First, we need to clarify the strategic direction and the strategic goals. We must win the game and we must win the season. Next, we must rebuild our teams so they actually play as a team. Each player has a role and a position. Each player has strengths and we must build on them as a team. And finally, we need to remind the team that we must learn from each game we play so over the course of the season we improve how we play. In short, bumble bee soccer creates busy bumble bee execution, and this is never a winning strategy.

Geery Howe, M.A. Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational Change Morning Star Associates 319 - 643 - 2257

Monday, July 12, 2021

Make Each Day Meaningful

I am a voracious reader. It is common for me to read at least one book a week on a wide variety of topics. This morning I am reflecting on The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams (Avery, 2016). In this delightful book, the two authors discuss the challenges of living a joyful life. And given all we have lived through this past year, we need more joy and compassion in our lives right now.

In particular today, I am reminded of a section in the book when the Dalai Lama said “… as soon as I wake up, I remember Buddha’s teaching: the importance of kindness and compassion, wishing something good for others, or at least to reduce their suffering. Then I remember that everything is interrelated, the teaching of interdependence. So then I set my intention for the day: that this day should be meaningful. Meaningful means, if possible, serve and help others. If not possible, then at least not to harm others. That’s a meaningful day.”

We all want to experience more meaningful days within the context of a caring and supportive community. As the authors explore in the book, there are eight pillars of joy. “Four were qualities of the mind: perspective, humility, humor, and acceptance. Four were qualities of the heart: forgiveness, gratitude, compassion and generosity.”

When I reflect on the Dalai Lama’s word and the 8 pillars of joy, I am reminded of something Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Catholic Benedictine monk and scholar wrote: “It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy. Every moment is a gift. There is no certainty that you will have another moment, with all the opportunity that it contains. The gift within every gift is the opportunity it offers. Most often it is the opportunity to enjoy it, but sometimes a difficult gift is given to us and that can be an opportunity to rise to the challenge.”

Many wise people, including the above two authors, understand that how we choose to act each day is what matters. My hope is that this week and this month we all act with integrity, clarity and commitment to make each day meaningful in service to others.

Geery Howe, M.A. Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational Change Morning Star Associates 319 - 643 - 2257

Monday, July 5, 2021

A Time To Focus Forward

As we slowly move through these summer months, recent executive coaching sessions have focused on the need to think carefully about what life and work will be like post a global pandemic. Some executive are tentative about what to do next. They are continuing to create bridge plans in order to support maximum adaptability. Others are clear and focused about what to do next. They want to create expanded growth and profitability given pent up consumer demand. 

From my vantage point, there is one problem. Few people are talking about recovery from a global pandemic. While some believe things will just go back to normal, others are questioning what is normal now that we have experienced a global pandemic. There may be normalcy on one level, but we have to recognize that reconnection and reintegration is not going to be seamless. Post traumatic stress and anxiety, a normal outcome of a global pandemic, is not going to vanish once all are vaccinated and we reach herd immunity. We will have to deal with recovery at work and at home.

Therefore, the upcoming Fall 2021 From Vision to Action Executive Roundtable on September 22 - 23, 2021 will focus on these issues from a variety of different angles. We will be meeting in-person at the Brown Deer Golf Club & Conference Center in Coralville, Iowa. 

Here is the agenda for your review:

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

8:30 am - Arrival & Visiting Time

9:00 am - 10:15 am - How do we recover organizationally from a global pandemic?

10:15 am - 10:30 am - Break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - How do we lead with strategic thinking rather than reactive operational problem solving?

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch and Networking 

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm - How do we plan for the future when the future is still so unpredictable?

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm - Break

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm - How do we empower others to move forward during this recovery period?

4:30 pm - Adjourn

Thursday, September 23, 2021

9:00 am - 10:15 am - How do I recover personally and professionally from a global pandemic?

10:15 am - 10:30 am - Break 

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Integration and Application

12:00 pm - Adjourn

The price for the full Fall Roundtable is $ 295.00.

The price for the one day Fall Roundtable attendance is $ 200.00.

Here is the link to the registration form:

I hope you will reserve September 22 - 23 on your calendar, and e-mail me today about whether or not you and your team are coming. 

Then, when the first cool winds of fall arrive and the apples are ready to be harvested from your local orchard, all we will need to do is come together to explore some interesting ideas and concepts with a variety of great people at the Fall 2021 From Vision to Action Executive Roundtable.

In the meantime, stay strong and stay healthy. We are making it step by step through this global pandemic.

Geery Howe, M.A. Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational Change Morning Star Associates 319 - 643 - 2257

Monday, June 28, 2021

The Road Is Not The Journey

As presented at the Spring 2021 From Vision To Action Executive Roundtable on April 8, 2021.

The Road Is Not The Journey

As many of my clients and students know, I like to tell stories. I also like to listen to stories. I find them fascinating and intriguing, influential and powerful. I grew up in a family of story tellers and I suspect I have passed this on to both of our sons. 

Some of my stories are quite long. Others are dramatic. And some are just crazy, comical and delightfully insightful.

After 35 years of consulting and 40 years of teaching, living and learning, I have come to the conclusion that we are wired as human beings to connect, understand, and remember stories, not just statistics or data. John Kotter, author of The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations (Harvard Business School Press, 2002), wrote: “The single most important message in this book is very simple. People change what they do less because they are given analysis that shifts their thinking than because they are shown a truth that influences their feelings. The flow of see-feel-change is more powerful than that of analysis-think-change.” From my experience, I believe the flow of story telling, namely hear-feel-change, is just as powerful and transformative as the see-feel-change process.

For many years, people would come up to me once I had told a story and say, “Geery - you got to write those stories down.” So, in late 2017 and early 2018, I sat down and started writing. The result was the booklet in the From Vision to Action Series called “The Map Is Not The Road”. It was a legacy project for me and important step in my journey personally and professionally.

Then, on June 1, 2018, after the booklet was published, I sat down for coffee with one of my Kitchen Table Cabinet people and gave him a copy. He looked at the cover, paused and said to me, “The road is not the journey, Geery.” And thus, I started a multi-year journey of reflection, many conversations, a vast amount of reading, and many cups of coffee and sharing, all of which has led me to this morning.

According to the dictionary, a road is defined as “a means to an end; a static creation; a way to overcome obstacles; the creation of an engineer.” On the other hand, a journey is defined as “a process over time” and it involves intent and choices. It also involves movement, but not always moving.

Our life is a journey, be that physical, mental, emotional, social, and ultimately spiritual. Our life is the sum of all the experiences we have had to date. It is a journey of highly interconnected relationships, experiences, and choices.

As we gather here this morning at the Spring 2021 Roundtable, we need to remember that we are all a part of one, great big, never ending story. I am one small part of something really quite big. We are all a small part of something really quite big. 

I think acknowledging this gives us the foundation to do two of the hardest things in the world, be that in the world of leadership or in our personal lives. First, we must start from the place of respecting all people, no matter the situation. My late brother-in-law Warren role modeled this so well. He never met a stranger in his life journey. And, second, we must remember that we are all connected, no matter our class, our privilege or our experiences. You and I are on the same journey. We are part of a larger whole.

Here are three important lessons I have learned in my life journey.

Listen to Your Heart

This Roundtable that we are all participating in here this morning started with a dream, a most terrifying dream and a loving, supportive and kind woman, my wife Jane.

When I finished five years of teaching high school history, I was exhausted and burned out. It was not just a physical or emotional thing. It was a whole life thing and I just needed to move on. 

So, I searched for a new job and finally found one in the trades. Every day, I went to work. I tried to be happy in the new job but, upon reflection, I was just going through the motions.

Then, one August night, I woke up covered in a cold sweat, hyperventilating, and terrified. I was shaking so badly that I woke up my wife Jane.

“Are you alright?”, she asked.

“No,” I responded.”

“What happened?”

“I just dreamed that my boss was about to cut out my heart.”

“Wow. What is the message of this dream?”

“I need to listen to my heart.”

“What is it saying?”

“I need to quit this job.”

“Okay.” And with that she rolled over and went back to sleep.

Once I had recovered my breath, I lay in bed and realized I had just made a huge decision. I was newly married and we had a child under the age of one. And I had no idea where I was going in life or what I was supposed to be doing. I just knew that I was way off my path. I was not where I needed to be. So, in the morning, I gave notice. And shortly thereafter, I came home. 

I framed up the first week of not working as a vacation. This was much needed as I had finished teaching one day and the next day started in the trades. But after a week of vacation, I needed to figure out what to do with my life. 

So, every morning after breakfast, five days a week, I would walk up the steps to the landing on the second floor of our home, sit down at a small table with my college, electric typewriter and write a letter.

The first line of the letter was always the same: “Dear God. This is Geery…”. And I would write and write until I had nothing left to say on that day. Then, I would put the letter in a folder, and go downstairs to engage with the day. I did this week after week, and slowly the path before me became clear.

James Kouzes and Barry Posner in their book, A Leader’s Legacy (Jossey-Bass, 2006), wrote “There’s solid evidence that the best leaders are highly attuned to what’s going on inside themselves as they are leading and to what’s going on with others. They’re very self-aware and they’re very socially aware... leadership development is first and foremost self-development.” 

I believe that the best people are also highly attuned to what’s going on inside themselves and to what’s going on with others. As Kevin Cashman wrote so many years ago, “If you want to become a better leader, you must become a better person.” Truer words have not been shared. And in life’s journey, becoming a better person is paramount.

I have learned that in order to become a better person listening to the heart  is critical. It helps us to know the difference between what is and what is not essential. That is the essence of life’s journey, namely figuring out what is essential. I have learned from this life journey that what is most essential is all of the small stuff: listening, kindness, compassion, respect, and love. It is all about family and friends, children and grand children. 

Some would say that these are the “soft skills” of life. I, on the other hand, have come to conclusion that these are the hardest of hard skills. It involves seeking wholeness rather than fragmentation as the foundation of one’s life. It involves learning, unlearning and relearning. It requires resilience more than effectiveness. Listening to one’s heart requires us to be present to our life journey and to move forward with faith.

Embrace The Journey

Many years ago, my late father-in law invited our family to Pioneer Days in their local community. It was the annual gathering of people who show cased old fashion methods of farming and living on the farm. Along with a wide variety of old tractors and old farm machinery, there were displays about quilting, canning, sewing, etc. It was a fascinating adventure into the past with so many interesting things to see and do.

In the afternoon, my father-in-law took me aside to show me something special. We walked to the edge of a large field where a line of older men stood, watching and waiting. Then, in the distance I noticed someone coming toward us with a team of horses and a mold bore plow.

“That man is one of the best in this area for working with horses and a plow,” my father-in-law explained. “This is the way we used to do things when I was growing up.”

The man next to me leaned over and said, “Yes, indeed. I brought my boys over earlier to watch him work. They didn’t get it at first.”

Just about then, the horses and the plow passed by us. Everyone got real quiet. I did too.

“Did you hear it?”, asked the man next to me.

I had heard the horses and the man calling to his team, but I was not sure this was what they were talking about so I replied, “I’m not sure.”

“When he comes round again, focus on the plow and the sound of the earth turning. You don’t hear that any more. It is the legacy of farming.”

He continued, “Nowadays, everyone gets so wrapped up in bigger and better machines that they miss the sound of the earth turning. At times, they forget the beauty of simple action. They forget the gift of the earth. They forget that we are in the business of growing food, not just using bigger machinery. At times, they forget the relationship between the plow and the seed. Each needs the other in order to be successful.”

During the last 35 years, we have plowed a lot of ground together and we have planted a lot of seeds. We also have cultivated a lot ideas. And we need to accept the fact that not all of them have grown to full maturity.

Still, we need to remember that the dictionary definition of the word “embrace” means “to accept something”. When we choose to embrace the journey, it means to accept the fact that plowing new ground and planting seeds is worth the effort.

Shortly after I self-published The Map Is Not The Road booklet, I shared a copy with my dear mother-in-law. When she finished reading it, we visited and she told me that the stroke she had in 2015 was her “flat tire experience.” As she explained, “from there on, I have been in a new country. Choices reduced and experiences reframed…. I’ve entered a new state. New road signs, new map-makers, yet all the maps of the past are still in the glove compartment, for references when needed.”

I’ve had my own flat tire experiences in life’s journey. Some are private and others are personal. A few of them were professional. For example, I remember the day when nearly a year and half’s worth of work was canceled because one corporation was purchased by a larger corporation and they no longer wanted to provide on-going leadership training. Another time, after partnering, designing and presenting leadership training for a few years, a different  company decided to move the entire process internal, and I lost this major contract. Each time, I wondered what would happen next and how the business would move forward. And each time, I learned some important lessons. 

First, I learned that to embrace the journey is to respect the journey. I had to be willing to move forward and accept the path before me, not passively but actively embrace it. I needed to engage with the journey, not in denial but with eye’s wide open. As Brene’ Brown says, “To embrace the suck.”

As part of this embracing the journey, I needed to be willing to experience the moments of unknowing and still move forward. As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Faith is taking the first steps even when you don’t see the full staircase.”

Second, I learned an important lesson years ago during a Fall Roundtable when Christina Smith, CEO of Community Support Advocate, shared that “our sacrifices must reflect our priorities”. To embrace the journey is to have the courage to begin something that you do not know how it will end. Having the courage to dream and dream big is what most people think is the challenge, but  for me the real challenge is to start the journey without fully knowing what will happen during the journey. It is to commit to one’s priorities and to recognize that I may not fully know the outcome or the destination. Yet, I am willing to commit to the journey because I know what is most important. As the old Irish proverb reminds us, “a good beginning is half the journey.”

Third, to embrace the journey is to be humble and recognize that we stand on the shoulders of others, namely our mothers, fathers, teachers and mentors. These people loved us and encouraged us in spite of their challenges and in spite of our own challenges. As  Linda Hogan, a Native American Chickasaw, wrote “You are the result of the love of thousands.” For when we have the courage to embrace the journey and are humble in the process, we will open doors, open minds, and open hearts. And the results will be transformative for all involved

Make your life a story worth telling.

Over time, many of my stories have become our stories. Some of our favorites include the following: What you feed grows; You can’t push sheep, you have to call them; The cannon story; The three stooges and certain hand gestures in Mexico; Canoeing around a light house in the middle of a hurricane; Seeing “capacity” in a room full of children with disabilities.

These stories are filled with key words and certain phrases. They continue through your sharing of them with others. They have the power, to transform us, to ground us, and to reconnect us with all that is good, vital and important in the world.

When I teach the From Vision to Action Leadership Training, I tell my students that words equal action, i.e. speaking is an action. As Krista Tippett in her book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living (Penguin Press, 2016) wrote: “I take it as an elemental truth of life that words matter. This is so plain that we can ignore it a thousand times a day. The words we use shape how we understand ourselves, how we interpret the world, how we treat others. From Genesis to the aboriginal songlines of Australia, human beings have forever perceived that naming brings the essence of things into being. The ancient rabbis understood books, texts, the very letters of certain words as living, breathing entities. Words make worlds.” This is a profound truth. In the world of leadership and in our personal lives, words make worlds.

I want us to remember that as we move forward in life’s journey that words matter, that words shape understanding, that words create clarity, and that words make worlds. And we need to choose our words carefully. We also need to give ourselves permission to tell our stories, to own our stories, to live into our stories, and to share our stories. For each of us has learned something worth sharing in life and each of us is the better when we share it.

Moving forward from this time and place, I hope each of us can choose to live a life and to do work where you do not want to be some where else. I hope you will fill your life with amazing family and friends. I hope you will find your own voice, own your story and own your journey. I I hope you will always speak from your heart. Say “please”, ”yes” and “thank-you” more than anything else, and say “I love you” regularly to all those who are most dear to you. And finally I hope you will always remember that we are all in this big journey together.

The biggest and most important lesson in life’s journey is a simple one. As former President Barack Obama wrote, “What we do echos through generations.” In time, we all will become memories. But the impact of our choices and the impact of our actions can be detrimental or transformative. The choice is ours. My hope is that we choose wisely because we all have the opportunity to be a part of a great and empowering story.

Thank-you for a life time of shared experiences and shared memories. Thank-you so much for listening to all my stories and for sharing your stories with me. Thank-you so much for welcoming me into your work, your homes, and your hearts. I treasure our time together and your presence in the journey of my life. Thank-you for including me in this important work.

Geery Howe, M.A. Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational Change Morning Star Associates 319 - 643 - 2257