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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Anonymity means a lack of psychological safety

By mattyd | April 11, 2024

Here’s a good rule of thumb for your business or organization: If you need to allow the people in your organization to remain anonymous while completing an employee satisfaction survey, a professional development evaluation, or…

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First rule of unkindness

By mattyd | April 10, 2024

The number of times when you say something unkind about a friend or colleague – and then that bit of unkindness makes its way back to the person to whom you directed the unkind remark…

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Apology note artistry

By mattyd | April 9, 2024

Sometimes, the apology note is so spectacular that you find yourself grateful for the transgression.

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Charlie is expanding in a very good way

By mattyd | April 8, 2024

Charlie competed in his second cubing competition this weekend in Ridgefield, Connecticut. He competed in the 2×2, 3×3 (the classic Rubik’s cube), Pyraminx, and clock events. Although he didn’t make the second round in any…

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Elysha has joined a less-than-auspicious club

By mattyd | April 7, 2024

Elysha was hit by a car last week. Her car wasn’t hit by a car. She was hit by a car. While crossing a parking lot from Dunkin Donuts to her car, coffee in hand,…

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Never, ever too late

By mattyd | April 6, 2024

A World War II veteran proved it’s never too late to make your dreams come true or reinvent yourself after embarking on a career as a children’s book author at age 95. Baker decided to…

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Guess what?

By mattyd | April 5, 2024

Here are two creations of my son, Charlie, while waiting for our meal in a local restaurant. Can you guess what either or both are? The top image is… TAKE A GUESS. A penguin with…

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Long days no more

By mattyd | April 4, 2024

Never regret a day in your life. Good days give happiness, bad days give experiences, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories. —Professor Richard Feynman Feynman was a Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist and…

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Mike Maddock is a coward and fool

By mattyd | April 3, 2024

Did you hear about the Republican state representative in Michigan, Matt Maddock, who claimed on social media that he had photo evidence of “illegal invaders” arriving at Detroit Metro Airport? One of the two photos…

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Best and worst April Fool’s Day pranks ever

By mattyd | April 2, 2024

Yesterday was April Fools’ Day. I didn’t have much time to plan this year, so other than emptying some students’ water bottles when they weren’t looking, I didn’t do much. I’ve been a little busy…

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