Addiction Education · addiction treatment · Leadership · substance abuse treatment · Writing

Addiction Treatment providers should clients as people, not as stomachs…

If there’s one thing I’ve studied consistently over the years, it’s leadership. I’ve been able to lead people towards their goals pretty much all of my life. Not only have I been successful as a leader professionally, but I’ve also formally studied the concepts behind leadership psychology and if there’s one thing of which I’m… Continue reading Addiction Treatment providers should clients as people, not as stomachs…

Addiction Education · addiction recovery · addiction treatment · blogging · Leadership · psychology · substance abuse treatment · Writing

Vilifying Substances simply doesn’t work…

It’s all too easy to point to a substance and say, “that’s evil” or “that’s the problem with things in my life.”  I’ve written about heroin and its relationship with actual evil, but although I do think the conditions associated with heroin use coupled with heroin’s physical affect can lead to evil, I don’t think… Continue reading Vilifying Substances simply doesn’t work…

Leadership · mental health · psychology

2 types of problems and how each works

I was talking with a colleague the other day about a proposal we were working on. There were challenges with what we were suggesting and I, as usual, was nitpicking about the details and issues our direction may cause. He shook his head and said, “Look, these are problems of opportunity. We are in a… Continue reading 2 types of problems and how each works

Addiction Education · addiction recovery · Education · Leadership · Recovery · substance abuse treatment

Ethics Workshop to show how Leadership can eradicate Substance Abuse

I’m not the best salesman in the world, but I do consider myself a good writer and even better teacher (plus I have really strong evaluations to support my consideration).  Among the great joys of my life is presenting information so that clinicians can the use it to create applicable knowledge in their practices.  To… Continue reading Ethics Workshop to show how Leadership can eradicate Substance Abuse

Leadership · mental health · reflective journaling · Writing

The lessons of a spider…

A few nights ago, I saw this spider between my fence and my trash can.  It was about 9 PM when I first saw it; when I got home it was about 4 PM.  The web hadn’t been there when I arrived, which means that in the four hours between when I got home and… Continue reading The lessons of a spider…

addiction · Addiction Education · addiction recovery · addiction treatment · Leadership · Positive energy · Power · psychology · Recovery

Define success or wander in the dark

It never ceases to amaze me that people wonder why they don’t succeed at things when they’ve never really defined what it means to succeed. For example, I was once hired to build a software application that accurately predicted a woman’s risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Before I ever began, I worked with the clinical… Continue reading Define success or wander in the dark

Addiction Education · blogging · Chicano Studies · Education · Government · Leadership · Writing

Proposed Living Wage ammendment could help employ and develop teens

Last night, a group of high school students spoke at a forum in Santa Fe about teen life in the City Different. Their top concern/priority? Jobs. It appears that they cannot find work and have no idea about how to secure work. Here’s the thing: Santa Fe has a minimum that stands (as of March,… Continue reading Proposed Living Wage ammendment could help employ and develop teens

Leadership

3 big reasons why projects fail

I’m not a big fan of failure, but my life’s work must account for the potential for an undertaking to fail. Though I hate to admit it, I’ve been a part of more unsuccessful projects/programs in my twenty-five (25) years of building teams, people, and software than I really care to admit. The good news… Continue reading 3 big reasons why projects fail

Leadership · Writing

Want to recognize leadership?

What is leadership? Most people can’t describe it, but do know what it is when they see it. I, however, believe in it, almost as fervently as if were a religion. I’ve offered this definition of leadership to whomever asks for it (and even to those who don’t ask for it): Leadership is the contextually… Continue reading Want to recognize leadership?

Leadership

Real leaders don’t assume…

Leadership, whether within a treatment program or within a professional setting, requires both a vision and a followership that’s attached to that vision before anything resembling leadership can emerge. To illustrate, I’ll call upon my old friend Aesop and his fable entitled, “The Traveler and his Dog.” A traveler was about to start a journey… Continue reading Real leaders don’t assume…