Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 433 Together We Can Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 433

Not quite 15 months ago, right before the coronavirus shut down life as we knew it, Laurel and I participated in a community event attended by the Greater Cleveland Congregations; representatives of area synagogues, churches and mosques. Along with lay leaders, congregants and clergy, the dais was filled with government executives, law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, judges, defenders, and city officials from as far away as Cincinnati. Laurel was a guest speaker who shared our family’s journey with our son’s addiction...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 432 Addicted to What? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 432

I watched the movie, The Social Dilemma, for the second time the other day. It raises serious concerns as to how the social media companies have developed the technology and platforms that have taken control of our lives, our privacy, our society and possibly the future of our democracy. Here are the key takeaways I’d like to share with you and as always, I welcome your thoughts and feedback: The business model for these companies has changed from selling products...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 431 Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 431

Yesterday was a historic day in America with a guilty verdict rendered in Officer Derek Chauvin’s trial in Minneapolis. I didn’t watch the proceedings, but I know that many did, and the nation was on pins and needles as the announcement came that a verdict had been reached and forthcoming after less than 12 hours of deliberation. The book of Deuteronomy, chapter 16, contains one of the most well-known verses in scripture; Justice, justice you shall pursue…even Supreme Court Justice...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 430 A Moment of Silence Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 430

Today, is Yom Hazikaron, a national day of remembrance in Israel. It is a day in which this small nation honors and remembers all of her fallen soldiers and their contribution and sacrifice throughout the decades since Israel’s statehood in 1948. On this day, at 8 pm and again on Thursday morning at 11 am, sirens will blare throughout the country for one minute and all citizens stop what they are doing and stand in silent reverence. It is a...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 429 What Have You Learned Recently? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 429

As most of you probably know, I write a lot. I share my thoughts and insights to help impact your life and business. But I also consume a lot of content from others in various ways such as: books, blogs, social media, online courses, virtual communities and more. To help me better internalize the content I absorb, I simply summarize my key learning insights and enter them into Evernote so I may easily digest and retrieve the content as needed....

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 428 Yes We Can Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 428

Since being fully vaccinated 3 weeks ago, Laurel and I took the opportunity to reunite with our children and grandchildren this past weekend to observe the second Passover seder, finally, in person. We hadn’t met with them unmasked since last year and since we now met the CDC requirements, we got to bring them back to Cleveland for 2 days! As soon as they climbed out of the car and into the house, they flew down the basement steps to...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 427 10 More Reasons to Repurpose Your Content Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 427

I was getting ready to write my next newsletter on the topic of why it is important for us to repurpose our content. I decided to first do a quick search on my own blog as I discovered the article 10 Reasons to Repurpose Your Content (which I just repurposed J) written last year. So, in the spirit of challenging myself to improve on what I previously wrote and stay true to the concept of repurposing content, here are my...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 426 Business as usual or unusual? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 426

One year into the pandemic and we’re still not completely out and about, leading workshops and developmental experiences, speaking at events or sharing our knowledge and wisdom face-to-face with our clients. I think we can all agree that electronic video meetings often feel stale and uninspired. So, what can you do to improve the quality of your online meetings: Make your appearance presentable. Shower, groom your hair and dress well as if you are meeting in person Show your positive...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 425 Success and Happiness Booster Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 425

Most of us are constantly looking for ways to increase our success and happiness. Although I have written on this topic ad nauseam, I study these topics continually and enjoy expanding my mind while sharing my findings. Here are my 15 recent discoveries: Make a promise to yourself and keep it. Share it with your trusted partners/advisors to help hold you accountable to that promise. Force yourself to take your first step towards taking action rather than towards continual planning....

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 424 Now Go Take On The Day Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 424

Good morning from sunny Cleveland It seems as though Cleveland’s winter is in its final push as we fluctuate between below freezing temperatures and balmy spring like days. Typical weather for us here, as the saying goes, “if you don’t like today’s weather in Cleveland, wait 24 hours and it’s going to be completely different!” Virus is down, vaccines are up, and the skies here are predicted to be sunny for the next 5 days which brings optimism and hope...

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