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Autumn 2012
What Happened to Summer!
You are reading the latest edition of the Common Ground Email News. From time to time, we'll send you a quick email to let you know about new resources, training events, and special opportunities related to your work and ours. We hope you'll relax and take a few minutes to enjoy the update.
Finding Inspiration
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Surround yourself with people whose view is large enough to see that you're trying to move mountains. Don't waste time with the ones complaining about the rocks and pebbles. Real change can't happen without uprooting the old.
What We're Reading Online This Month
Using Social Media to Attract Donors

What Successful People Do the First Hour They're At Work

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More than 90% of all of our work the past few years has come from your direct referrals and for that, we are overwhelmed with gratitude.


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Our work at Common Ground is all about helping you and your organization uncover and discover the unique gifts you can use to help manifest powerful change for yourself, your community and in the lives of those your work touches.


I spend a lot of time on the road and that means I'm getting to do what I love: using presence, passion, and purpose to help people and organizations become the very best you can be at doing what you do. I'm grateful for the connection we share. Thanks for the chance to learn from and with you.
Efficiency is doing things right. 
Effectiveness is doing the right things. - Peter Drucker 


Though 2012 continues to be a tough year for so many, we have been overwhelmed by all of the ways people and organizations are finding not just to survive, but to thrive. Even in the midst of difficult times, we've seen our world come together to embrace the notion of what's possible. At Common Ground, it has caused us to become more innovative when it comes to the 

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services and assistance we can offer.


For example, Common Ground is now offering leadership coaching services to our social profit and civil society clients. Using telephone and internet video communications, we're able to help you solve tough problems without you having to incur ever-increasing travel expenses. 


Of course, we'll still be on the road with you as often as necessary, but our hope is that this additional offering will meet some of your short-term or emergency consulting needs. It has been our experience that coaching can be especially effective when combined with our other organizational development services, making those processes much more efficient. To learn more about our new Leadership Coaching or to schedule a session, please click here.

Leading with Lollipops
We have all changed someone's life, usually without even realizing it. In this awesome TED talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other's lives. He believes--as we do at Common Ground--that leadership is not a characteristic reserved for the extraordinary. Rather, it's in each of us.
TEDxToronto -  Drew Dudley
They Spoke to the World


For the past couple of years, we have had the pleasure of working with the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF). We conducted our S.T.A.R.T. process to help strengthen the organization and last year designed the inaugural SikhLEAD Leadership Academy based on Common Ground's Infinity Leadership Model. It follows on the heels of our many other global leadership programs. 


Please click here to read a first-hand account of the academy from one of the participants.


Earlier this summer you probably heard about the tragic shooting which occurred at the Sikh Gurdwara (a Sikh congregational place of worship) in Oak Creek, WI. In what law enforcement described as an act of domestic terrorism, the attack left seven people dead and injured many more. Our thoughts and prayers have been with the Sikh community in Wisconsin and our many SALDEF friends and colleagues. 


We're honored during this difficult time to have been asked once again to design and facilitate their youth leadership academy and participate in their national gala. In the spirit of Chardhi Kala (high spirits), we are looking forward to being a small part of their efforts to honor the memory of those who lost their lives and recognize the heroes who were born from the tragedy in Wisconsin.

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If you haven't visited Common Ground's website yet, we hope you'll also check it out. When you get to our site, go to the login area under "Members" on the left, and enter the email address where you are receiving this note and then create a password.


After that simple step, you'll have access to dozens of fully downloadable resources (many new resources just added!) to help you in your work. You'll also be able to view our snapshots gallery; and we'll be able to involve you directly in our work around the world.

In Community,

Craig A. Bowman
Common Ground Consulting LLC

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