Redeeming Cuba: Historical Perceptions Through a Pop Culture Lens

IMG_6061We are all stamped mentally with our own personal imagery of Cuba in a peripheral way. We really cannot escape it: the epic stories of Fidel Castro’s meteoric rise, the Bay of Pigs disaster that, in the end, accelerated the communist legend overnight and created New Age Communism.

People of my generation grew up fearing the Cold War and the Iron Curtain like nothing else, often having childhood nightmares because our parents told us a complicated story at the dinner table that the world almost ended over a 9-day period, because Cuba let Russia aim active missiles right at our backyards. Literally, with only a few communist fingers tapping buttons, it would have been the end of the world as we know it.

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“Compassion in the Workplace” at Festival of Faiths

The “Compassion In the Workplace” event, in conjunction with the 17th Annual Louisville Festival of Faiths, will be held this Thursday, November 15th  from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Russell Hall at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, which is located at 1701 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard in downtown Louisville, KY.

Local business leaders who are known for their business acumen and their compassionate work settings, such as Bridgeman Foods CEO Junior Bridgeman, Spalding University President Tori Murden McClure and Signature Healthcare CEO Joe Steier and Signature Healthcare Vice President of Spirituality Dianne Timmering, will be special guests at this event.

More details about the event can be found on the Festival of Faith’s website.

National Day Of Prayer

ImageAs I stood in the Signature parking lot this morning getting ready to go live with a broadcast with 74 Signature other campuses, and watching hundreds of business leaders, many stakeholders, religious pioneers, and facility residents, side by side with our most prominent political leaders from our state and city, the parking lot filled up quickly getting ready to start National Day of Prayer. I realized this was an epic moment for me!

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God In The Workplace

SHRM Conference by Dianne Timmering of Louisville Ky Signature HealthCAREThe following is a guest post co-authored with Dianne Timmering, VP of Spirituality for Signature HealthCare.

Joe and I served as the keynote speakers at the recent SHRM meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, a meeting made up of Human Resource leaders across the state. I will admit we were nervous, confronted with a topic normally anathema to such a group: policy and procedure conflicting with the enigmatic blanket of God in the Workplace. It wasn’t that they wouldn’t be gracious or offer a cursory listen – there was, after all, a $1,500 drawing at the end of the meeting for one lucky recipient, so they sort of had to suffer through. And it’s always hard to give the concluding speech to a sea of kind fatigue.

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Reflections on LTC 100 and NIC

Real Collaboration To Change Health Care Forever

There is such an organizational bias by many health care leaders that their approach to innovation, creative programming, and proprietary strategy is obviously the best route for their company because they may have helped author it. That may be a great way to have a homogenous battle cry that motivates closely aligned teams, but I often doubt if it creates many industry game changers that stick or grow. We have all been on the pulse of an organization where the command center operates like a one-way firehose to the field without interruption. I have fallen into that trap many times myself, when there is that “passionate rush” to operationalize top-down strategic opportunities that may have incremental impact at best.

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