We recently purchased a home that requires a total makeover. It is a DIY’ers dream. Eager to get started, we got clear on our vision, made our plans, and jumped in. Task 1: In 6 weeks, remove 1600 sq. ft. of tile, carpet, and hardwood and install some great-looking LVP. We’re just rounding week 8 and are at least a month from done. Long story short, the old flooring was reluctant to leave. During this slowdown, we realized that demo’ing a half-wall that separated two areas would greatly improve our space for entertaining. …


Back of Keurig Machine

On week 2 of my new job, I walked into the administrative suite and announced to a colleague that I’d broken the Keurig machine. Quite an accomplishment in my first month of work I thought. She asked, “Did you turn the power button on?” I had just finished a thorough 5-minute inspection of the Keurig. I said, “Uh, I don’t think this one has a power button,” and continued on my way. The next morning, determined not to go without coffee, I again inspected the Keuring — no power button to be found. I let the same colleague know that…


Young boy diving into a bean bag

If you are a leader who has intentionally fostered psychological safety in your workplace, cultivated the allure of grand challenges, and invested in the deep development of your people’s potential, all while remaining tenaciously on-mission, then you’ll see a video like this and smile. It resonates with something you’ve observed first hand in those you serve and you revel in it!

Meet my son, Theo. A wonderfully typical 9-year-old mid-elementary schoolboy. He knows the physical properties of a bean bag (safe), continually explores the limits of his abilities for the joy of the experience itself (challenge), and enjoys unlimited time…


Many days I have the pleasure of hearing snippets of teaching and classroom discussion taking place with my 9 and 11-year-old sons as they participate in their pandemic-induced online curriculum. As a result, in ways that were not available to me before, I get a close-up look at what is happening in their “classroom” on a daily basis. As I’ve seen these boys grow intellectually over the past three months, I’ve frequently thought to myself that there is a group of professionals in the U.S. that is not getting enough positive press during the pandemic. They are K12 teachers. This…


“It’s glitchy!” was the howl that rang out through our little apartment as my 9-year-old threw up his hands in exacerbation. One of the downsides of our brave new era of online K-12 education is that the synchronous show is not 100% reliable. In the mind of a child who has become fully reliant on his bandwidth for a smooth schooling experience, it is a BIG DEAL… or at least it used to be. After 10 weeks of this modality, he is near expert at serving as his own IT Help Desk. He is also better able to discern when…


The Nightmare

In the spring of 2020, nurses, nursing faculty and staff, and nursing students, stood witness to the unraveling of the entire process of clinically educating the next generation of nurses. And it only took a matter of days. All over the country, clinicals were brought to a complete halt. Though there has been some restoration of traditional approaches, for many, the old way of doing things remains severely challenged. This reality was brought home by a recent survey of healthcare agencies and nursing education programs conducted by the Oregon Center for Nursing in August, 2020. …


Let’s revisit the old standards of core statements: Mission, Vision, and Values. Most simply, mission is what you do, vision is where you are headed, and values are the way in which you will pursue mission and vision. Values rarely get the attention mission and vision do.

Recently, my wife and I were hiking outside of Colorado Springs on a remote trail when we came across rock-climbing anchors mounted in the face of a small cliff (see picture). Seeing up close-up the security of the anchors in the rock, you’re confronted by how important they are to the whole enterprise…


A few weeks ago we were visiting grandparents. After the first 24 hours of excitement wore off, my 9 and 11-year-old sons were thick into the work of fending off boredom. Happily, they found an old basketball in Grandpa’s shed. Of course it was a bit flat. So after a little rummaging around they came up with an air pump and a single needle. If you have young ball-loving children, you already know the rest of the story. My son walks in the front door announcing with a sigh, “Dad, the needle broke.” With the experience passed down from generation…


I’ll admit it, I can get hung up on a big idea. Right now, the big idea is the importance of psychological safety (PsyS). I’ve posted about it several times before and I’m posting about it again. If you are not familiar with the concept, the jargon can be misleading. “PsyS” sounds like an attempt to make the workplace a utopia where every idea is good and everyone’s performance is exceptional… smiles, nods, and a lot of non-disruptive chatter. Coincidentally, that’s actually what the lack of PsyS looks like. This kind of environment is no utopia at all. The apparent…


Picture of Zoom+care in Portland, Oregon

A determination that a leader often needs to make quickly is whether the person walking in the door is interested in a transactional moment or a relational moment. Getting the answer right can mean the difference between a satisfied employee and a frustrated employee. Over the long haul, it is a demonstration of your level of emotional intelligence. I recently had an experience where my desire for a transactional experience was fully grasped and it came in an unusual setting… To hear the whole story, watch this short clip at my LinkedIn page.

Devon Berry

Devon Berry recently served as clinical associate professor and executive associate nursing dean at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing.

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