A good time to chill

Good Group Decisions has been going strong for 17 years. I’m not one to sit around. But I’ve decided it’s time to try.

As we all know, it is SO hard to make plans in the face of such uncertainty. And in my case, my work has evaporated. Seems like a good time to step out of the work world and onto a beach or something. I have always loved the idea of a sabbatical. The timing has never been more right.

I recognize what a privilege this is. It’s forced by coronavirus, but many many people have been forced into far worse situations. I am so grateful to have a little money saved and my supportive wife Carol, with a solid job. I am blessed to be able to do this so I’m gonna.

Good Group Decisions is closing for the summer, due to re-open on September 22.

If you have a project in mind for the Fall, click here to tell me about it.

For now I am making no commitments. I am keeping my calendar clear for awhile. I am considering all possibilities for next steps. If you have ideas or suggestions, I would love to hear your thoughts!
Economic injury falls hardest on the poorest among us

When coronavirus first struck, a friend told me “Craig, you gotta get some of this money! There’s like free money for businesses. Just fill out a form online.” He was talking about CARES Act EIDL money. I filled out the form. I got $5,000. And apparently I don’t need to pay it back.

I’ve decided to give this money to Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston. Oh for sure, I could totally use $5,000 right now. My business has absolutely suffered economic injury. But I know who has suffered way more economic injury from this disaster: people who find themselves jobless, hungry, or homeless. As usual, disaster falls most heavily on the underprivileged; people without friends who know where the free money is, people unable to get to a website and fill out a form.

Trinity Jubilee Center is on the front lines of fighting economic injury resulting from the pandemic disaster; a very good use of these funds. I have worked with them and I believe in their Executive Director, Erin Reed. Located at Kennedy Park in downtown Lewiston, they are open six days a week and offer five programs: the Meals Program, Food Pantry, Day Shelter, Resource Center, and Refugee Integration Program. More than 1,000 people are served by these programs every week.

By the way I am not reporting this to get praise but rather to be an example for other privileged people and businesses. It feels good to help others.
Good Group Tips

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Topics include: Attitude and Personal Growth, Communication, Conflict Prevention, Group Creativity, Group Efficiency, Group Facilitation Techniques. The videos are transcribed.

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And if you might be interested, I have assembled a library of resources on how to talk across the political divide, over at the Make Shift Coffee House website.
Thank You

Thank you for understanding and supporting my notion to take some time off. Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience. I very much look forward to connecting with you soon!

- Craig