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The Peacemaker

on 9/13/21 3:43 PM By | Jim Paluch, President, JP Horizons, Inc. | 0 Comments | Personal Growth
The comment was just made in passing during a conversation with some friends around the dinner table. It was such a simple statement that I almost missed it, and my brain needed several seconds to process and recognize how profound it actually was. A young mother was talking about the commitment her husband, 4- and 6-year-old daughters, and she had made to work at being a peacemaker throughout the summer. No matter what the situation was, if a conflict or disagreement came up, the first choice and action were to find common ground, be kind, and find a solution to the situation. She said that it didn’t happen 100% of the time, but it did create awareness. She then added the statement that inspired this newsletter, “There are no unintentional consequences in peacemaking.”
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History Repeating Itself

I guess deep down inside I knew this, but there was something about a recent day spent with our grandkids that caused me to truly appreciate how history repeats itself. When the two of them, their grandmother and I, along with the dog, ventured into the woods for a morning, it felt very familiar to other days and special times throughout my life. We picked up sticks and trimmed branches to clear a path for no other reason than to simply be clearing a path . . . for the fun of it. The magic started with Calvin’s “OH YEAH MAN!” response when he took a pair of hand pruners and cut off a dead hemlock branch, and it continued with the amazement in his older sister’s eyes when I awarded her the opportunity of using the loppers. I was keenly aware of the privilege of enjoying this with them and felt grateful for the many days through the years that generations of Paluches have spent time in the woods not as work, but as a form of family entertainment.
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Passive-Aggressiveness

I was wondering earlier this week if there was a topic we have not tackled in the People Solutions newsletter. I looked back through the archives and realized we have covered a lot of stuff. Then it hit me, like a bear coming out of the woods, startled then contemplative . . . I don't think we have ever tackled the subject of Passive-Aggressiveness. Why? It is a subject I find incredibly interesting, which borders on the edge of mysterious and comical if it were not so hazardous to the health of all involved.
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Fewer Distractions . . . More Discoveries

on 3/5/21 12:26 PM By | Jim Paluch, President, JP Horizons, Inc. | 0 Comments | Come Alive Outside
Several years ago, we shared our experience with bringing company owners to our home in North Carolina for three-day retreats with limited cell service and internet. What we thought would be a drawback to participants became one of the greatest takeaways. I was reminded of that newsletter this week in a conversation with someone on the challenges of being addicted to our smartphones. With time spent on these devices growing every year, the pandemic has caused an even larger dependency on that piece of technology so close within our grasp. Forbes reported in April of 2020 with the pandemic, average time on mobile devices was up 20% over 2019 to 4.3 hours per day. Most people check their phones 58 times a day and 30 of those times are during work hours. Even though most of those diversions are only 2-3 minutes in length and total screen time may not be impacting your efficiency, how often you are picking up your phone and getting distracted undoubtedly could be. With this in mind along with my own personal struggle to manage the impact of technology on my time, we have provided a few updated statistics on what most of us have turned into an obsession and will also share the previous insights on the value of getting disconnected from the distractions of our times. 
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Leadership Maturity

 
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