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The Gift of Appreciative Feedback
Need help finding a gift this season for that friend, or colleague, or
student, or family member? I invite you to consider a very inexpensive, simple,
and life-changing gift. The gift of appreciative feedback. When I was starting out as an advisor to colleg...
The Gift of Appreciative Feedback
The Gift of Appreciative Feedback
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A Senior's Thanks
“Gentlemen, please be quiet!” The roar of the room continued unabated. “Gentlemen, please!” the President shouted again. “Guys SHUT UP!” offered the much more forceful Vice President, who was blessed with a thunderous voice. The room finally settled down. “...
A Senior's Thanks
A Senior's Thanks
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#myFraternity
This Wednesday, September 12, the North American Interfraternity Conference is asking all fraternity men to tweet, using the hashtag #myFraternity, about the impact of their fraternity experience. The goal, as I see it, is to fill the twitter-verse and beyo...
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John Shertzer: Speaking and Consulting Services
John Shertzer, founder and primary author of this blog as well as the author of the 2018 book Forever   Fraternity: Essays to Challenge, Celebrate, and Advance the College Fraternity is available for speaking and consulting services. John's speaking talents...
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What if Pledging Programs Sounded Like This?
Check out some of these clips of Steve Kerr (head coach of the defending NBA champions the Golden State Warriors) talking to team superstar Stephen Curry. Coaching. It's not just for sports anymore. Coaching is a term that is readily used now to describe an...
What if Pledging Programs Sounded Like This?
What if Pledging Programs Sounded Like This?
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Going for Gold (or actually, Green)
I absolutely love the Winter Olympics. Cool stories, a fun study in geography, and strange but interesting sports. When else does ski jumping, curling, and slopestyle become prime time viewing?  I noticed something different during the figure skating compet...
Going for Gold (or actually, Green)
Going for Gold (or actually, Green)
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Five Signs That Could Save a Life
Another horrible school shooting.  Like you, I’m wondering why the hell this happens and what we can do for it to never happen again. Maybe like you, I also recognize it’s a complicated issue that will need to be addressed from several angles. In the afterm...
Five Signs That Could Save a Life
Five Signs That Could Save a Life
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The Place Between Places
I recently experienced some changes in my life professionally and personally that had me somewhat flipped upside-down.  Life changes as a 21-year-old can be thrilling, as a 31-year-old can be invigorating, but as a 41-year-old can be downright terrifying. I...
The Place Between Places
The Place Between Places
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The Dark Side of Fraternity and the Fears That Take Us There
I am a Star Wars nerd, and proud of it. I grew up with the original trilogy and still have the boxes of toys and action figures to prove it. Tonight I take my sons to see the newest installment and I'm stoked. While as a child I appreciated Star Wars more f...
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5 Signs Your Fraternity is a Thick Organization
"Some organizations are thick, and some are thin. Some leave a mark on you, and some you pass through with scarcely a memory." - David Brooks It seems to be all the rage right now for campuses to ban, either by administrative fiat or IFC resolution, fratern...
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