Obama’s Tightrope Walk | Stratfor

by Shaun Kieran

Obama’s Tightrope Walk | Stratfor. Part 2 of of George Friedman’s analysis of our President’s choices in Syria.

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What actually happens when you consult with me (or someone like me)?

by Shaun Kieran

Clearer thinking, less inner turmoil, and more clarity about the best way to make headway on personal goals and/or progress on real world situations – that’s actually what happens. Almost always, people get little glimmers that they ought to consult with someone, then mull it over for awhile, and finally they realize that whatever was holding […]

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It’s a different road now……

by Shaun Kieran

She did look different as she sat down. I could tell she wasn’t in the mood for the usual pleasantries, so I just waited. With a slightly sardonic smile she said she’d just been at the school conference about her 11-year-old son who’d stopped doing any homework, and was becoming a behavior problem – at home as […]

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Parenting and Honesty

by Shaun Kieran

I realize I’m mostly preaching to the choir here on this blog, and I also know that a lot of this stuff is fairly straightforward – but I’m increasingly worried that the “basics” on parenting just aren’t even being put out there. Here’s an audio riff that runs around 7 minutes:

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Typical – and Unique

by Shaun Kieran

Almost before she sat down, Brenda had to let me know the news: “We’re done. It’s over. There’s no going back.” Her 9-year marriage had just “finally, officially” ended. For Brenda this was a major moment, and she was so ready to move on with her life. The problem was her two children were absolutely […]

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My kind of consulting: the optimal connection

by Shaun Kieran

This audio might help someone get the gist of working online with me as his or her consultant. Please click here:

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Supervisor Success: Big Picture, Not Big Personality

by Shaun Kieran

These days, outstanding supervisors come in all shapes and sizes, male or female, type A or low-key. But there’s a common thread: the best supervisors help create an atmosphere of trust and a focus on the work. The “trust” we’re talking about is the assurance that the supervisor’s priority is the “big picture” and will […]

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David Stockman takes us all to the woodshed.

by Shaun Kieran

Sundown in America – NYTimes.com. A true Jeremiad.  I was skeptical at first, but I appreciated his passion when I was done reading. I especially liked his dismissive phrase: “the blather that passes for political discourse these days,” since one of my constant themes is the total lack of adult conversations we should be having […]

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Truth Telling: When Things Aren’t What They Seem

by Shaun Kieran

A heartwarming scene:  As friends and family dab their eyes, a 19-year-old young man, in Special Ed since middle school for both “behavioral” and “cognitive” learning disabilities, hears his name over the loudspeaker, and with unself-conscious delight in his face shuffles across the platform to loud applause.  He receives a warm hug from the principal […]

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Guys in the Hurt Locker

by Shaun Kieran

I still have a few friends with whom I can speak honestly about what I’m seeing these days and not worry about their reactions. One of the things we talk about pretty consistently is how guys are such train wrecks these days, why that is, and where we can go from here. It’s always been […]

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