The Day I Took the Red Pill

Posted by Scott Ryser

Nov 9, 2015 10:28:45 AM



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Topics: Insights & Musings, Culture, Lessons Learned

Stories That Inspire Us

Posted by Devin Gaither

Sep 29, 2014 3:00:00 PM

It's a gloomy Monday here in beautiful, historic downtown Frederick, but isn't it great when something cuts through the literal and metaphorical gloom and brightens everything? We just wanted to give a quick shout out to Gener.us for a great idea in creating a platform to share hope instead of the gloom the media pushes everyday. It's a topic that Scott has touched on in blogs in the past, particularly his piece on hope

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Topics: Culture, Core Values, Best Practices, Authenticity

Ten Tips for Happiness From the Big Man (No, we don't mean your boss)

Posted by Devin Gaither

Aug 18, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Christians and non-Christians alike are enamored with the most recent Pope's messages of love, acceptance, and what it means to be a person of character in the modern world. Pope Francis is a favorite figure of the internet, there is no doubt about it. Nearly everything he says becomes a trending topic on social media almost immediately. One of his latest releases caught our eye, too.

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Topics: Insights & Musings, Culture, Core Values, Best Practices, Authenticity

People are great! (It only took me 384 miles ...)

Posted by Scott Ryser

Aug 12, 2014 8:30:00 AM

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I took a little journey a few weeks ago. Starting from my house, I rode my touring bicycle down to the C&O Canal just outside DC, and then rode that and the Great Allegheny Passage trail all the way to the terminus at Point State Park in Pittsburgh. All told, it was 384 miles over 6.5 days. This wasn’t really a backcountry epic like some of our recent adventures, but I love these self-powered, self-supported journeys regardless. There’s nothing better than leaving the car behind for a week to create space for reflection and restoration.

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Topics: Identity, Adventure, Engagement

Share the Load of Employee Engagement

Posted by Devin Gaither

Aug 4, 2014 3:00:00 PM

This blog post was inspired by a LinkedIn article. Check it out here.

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Topics: Core Values, Engagement, Cultural Transformation

A Little Appreciation Goes a Long Way

Posted by Devin Gaither

Jul 16, 2014 9:28:00 AM

This past weekend marked the opening of the DC Captial Fringe Festival. Theatres from around the District invaded blighted properties, local lecture halls, and beautiful performance spaces to showcase their work -- mostly original, mostly new, and mostly strange & edgy. With over 150 shows spread across a dozen venues, it's a circus of actors, producers, directors, and writers running amok across the DC Metro Area, and the madness is contained thanks to the efforts of dozens of volunteers and hard working Cap Fringe staff members.

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Topics: Core Values, Awareness, Best Practices, Authenticity

You can take the boy out of Ohio ...

Posted by Scott Ryser

Jul 11, 2014 4:32:00 PM

... but you can't take the Ohio out of the boy. My open letter to LeBron.

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Topics: Identity, Purpose, Cultural Transformation

Last Day of Kindergarten

Posted by Scott Ryser

Jun 24, 2014 9:30:00 AM

That went quick. It feels like just a few weeks since I posted First Day of Kindergarten.

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Company Building: Easy as (Rhubarb) Pie

Posted by Scott Ryser

Jun 9, 2014 10:00:00 AM

My family joined a CSA this year (for those of you who aren’t familiar - it’s Community Supported Agriculture; you prepay for a fractional share of season’s produce.) Each week, we recieve a basket of produce that’s “in” right now. We just got the first basket, and I knew what to do with most of it: onions, fingerling potatoes, asparagus, farm eggs. But, the basket also contained an unexpected twist: two long red stalks that hardly fit sideways in the fridge. I knew those stalks were rhubarb, and I even knew (more or less) what to do with them (Rhubarb pie was Grandpa’s favorite). The “how” was a different story... I’m not much of a baker anyways, but I had no idea how to start. Do you peel them? Blanch them? Just cut em up?

Fortunately, Google returns a few million results for that search, and right at the top was a recipe for Grandma’s Rhubarb Pie. That HAS to be good, right? Well, ok, it’s actually strawberry-rhubarb pie and I didn’t actually make the crust (I bought some organic, whole-grain, full-of-flax-and-hemp-meal freezer crusts from the local co-op market.) No need to be a purist while making my first ever rhubarb pie. After re-arranging and working around the fridge-hogging stalks for a few days, it was time to get them into a pie. I was so proud of my effort, I posted a picture of the big achievement on Facebook.

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Topics: Insights & Musings, Company Building, Lessons Learned

Employees First, Revenue Will Follow

Posted by Devin Gaither

Jun 3, 2014 2:30:00 PM

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No doubt you've probably seen the New York Times article Why You Hate Work circulating around Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. Whether you've read it or not might say a lot about you. If you clicked on an article titled Why You Hate Work... well, then, you might want to stop and evalutate your choice of employeer. Being grabbed by that sort of headline is probably the first (or maybe not the first) sign that something isn't lined up right.

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Topics: Insights & Musings, Engagement, Best Practices