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No fail, no success. Know fail? Know success!

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Let’s look at this situation and see if we can use it to help us measure success. Here is a common scenario. It will either be a recipe that is fit for a righteous celebration or a tactical party pooper. 

Success Cake

These are our Success Cake people ingredients: The Group Leader, who manages the Kitchen; a stable of Culinary Professionals; the order from our important customer is a request for a Success Cake. Not just one cake, but a Success Cake from each of the Culinary Professionals. The Success Cake must be made according to the established Kitchen recipe.

These are our Success Cake work ingredients: Dedication, punctuality, teamwork, individual effort, leadership, best practices, meetings, feedback, output, improvements, and, of course, failure. Why? Failure in the past is what helps us remember what to avoid and what to prevent.

These are our Success Cake measurements: sufficiently increased brand awareness (chocolate), higher revenues (two layers), and an enlarged customer base (royal icing). If we can meet all three of these criteria, then aren’t we just doing our jobs?

We work together in a kitchen with Culinary Professionals whose experience ranges from a few months in this kitchen, but years in others, to professionals with many years in this kitchen and no other locations. What happens if there is an ingredient missing?

Someone left the cake out in the rain . . .

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Truth Recipe

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Once upon a time there existed a civilization called the Mesopotamians. These people accepted the logic of the elements, the weather, density, weight ratios, and natural powers much mightier than themselves.

They accepted these things as the ingredients of their lives.

This was their “truth” in its basic and practical form.

Let’s take the cute “Weather Rock,” a charming little tchotchke often sold to tourists in the American west.

The instructions read:

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And he sent it back from whence it came.

by Lawrence J. J . Leonard


Yes, on a few occasions have I met
others with supernatural powers.
Understanding their craft was my greatest asset and
realizing that the extent of their

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The Toothpaste Moment

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

How many meetings have we been to when, unexpectedly, one person in the group comments about something another member has done or said?

We may have heard this declared or even aimed in our direction: “That’s so odd. I just have to say.”

Did the person who just got labeled as “odd”
FEEL something negative because of that declaration?

Declarations such as this are markers.
They are the DNA of culture bias.
They are cultivated in

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Let’s Talk about a Suffering Plant

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

I want to share with you a story
which gives an analogy of love and of nurturing.

This, by the way,
has nothing to do
with being or not being a vegan.

There is a plant sale and a big plant makes it back to our house
but it is in a small plastic pot.
We want it to grow so


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Two cents worthy

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

The following “One Liners” are not necessarily puns.
I happily share them with you because when you read this,

you may have forgotten that it’s not quite Friday.
Here are my two cents worth of smile material.

And they make great toasts for your next imbibe interval.
Cheers! or Gotcha!

* Life is ugly. Get a faith lift.

* I was addicted to the Hokey Pokey. Then I turned myself around.

* Save the planet! It’s the only one with beer.

* Six out of seven dwarfs are not happy.

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Funny thing about Robots

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Queen News of the World

American artist Frank Kelly Freas altered his 1953 painting for Queen’s album art.

They used to cling and clang. They were faceless and only had numbers for identification.
We now refer to them as “A” “I” creatures. But robots, as they will always be known,
only get the AI designation if they are higher up in the chip processing pecking order.

What is our fascination with a pile of bolts and silica personified? Power?

Is it that we want more than just a reflection of what we see? Relationship?

Is it that we are so surrounded by wonderful creation that we are inspired to re-create creation?

Robots seem to give us a pathway to enhance our own reality. Like Radio Controlled cars and drones.
Not like Virtual Reality (VR) at all. More so in a physical way.

These days robots can be much more.
How is this possible?
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