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Spectrum Connection: September 2021

From the desk of Dave Smalley Freedom A good friend of mine, Lars, and I were talking about freedom, and what freedom mean. He shared with me the perspective that being free means different things to different people, and that freedom is viewed differently around the world. So, I have been thinking about it. In…

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Spectrum Connection: August 2021

From the desk of Dave Smalley Getting Even (AKA, is Karma real?) I am a firm believer that Karma is a real thing, both positive and negative, just like getting even. You may be saying to yourself, “what do you mean, positive and negative of getting even?” Yes, getting even generally has a negative connotation.…

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Spectrum Connection: July 2021

From the desk of Dave Smalley HOPE! Hope abounds lately, as our world changes with a return to what we know. Hope is a wonderful thing, wouldn’t you agree? When I think about hoping for something, I feel my eyes lift up and my hands come together. What is your reaction when you think about…

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Spectrum Connection: June 2021

From the desk of Dave Smalley Boss or Leader? Recently we integrated with another company to secure a large project. It was fun, and it was interesting to see how the different cultures interacted and came together. One thing I was struck by is that I was repeatedly referred to as BOSS. Yes Boss, Thank…

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Spectrum Connection: May 2021

From the desk of Dave Smalley: One Bite At A Time We all face challenges and problems, both at home and in our professional lives. As we have conversations about reopening, and the seemingly overwhelming challenge it represents, I am reminded of a documentary I read. It was about a young man that accomplished many,…

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Spectrum Connection: April 2021

From the desk of Dave Smalley: Gut Feeling Melanie wrote about BYOG, “bring your own guts”, a few editions ago. I like that. It takes guts to face down tough times or a tough opponent. Guts can certainly be another word for courage I guess, which is different than a gut feeling. I get gut…

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Spectrum Connection: March 2021

From the desk of Dave Smalley: Perspective In reflecting on where we are, where I currently am, I reflected back a year and took an excerpt out of one of my Spectrum Connection notes. This is what I wrote: “It’s dark out. It is supposed to be dark out. It is 3:30 a.m., and I…

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Spectrum Connection: February 2021

From the desk of Dave Smalley: Dignity The other day I was stopped at a traffic light, on my way back to the office from an appointment. While waiting, I couldn’t help but notice a woman and a man that were about to cross the road, and I was intrigued by what I saw. Why,…

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Spectrum Connection: January 2021

From the desk of Dave Smalley: The River There are lots of rivers, often representing boundaries of a city or state. While most have bridges to cross them, they all represent a challenge or an obstacle to one who wants to get to the other side. In our lives, we all face obstacles and challenges…which…

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Spectrum Connection: December 2020

From the desk of Dave Smalley: A Novel -The Book of COVID The final month, the final chapter of the year 2020. I know it is likely popular to issue statements like, GOOD RIDDANCE, and Bye Felicia! I am tempted to join that band wagon. But the reality is, the calendar year is merely symbolic.…

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