Author Archives: Mark

An Anger Journey

As my fist was going through the wall I could feel my anger surging. Even with temporary adrenalin-induced tunnel vision, I could see the 2×4 wall stud right next to the hole my fist created. I had almost crushed every … Continue reading

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I am them, they are me

Black, White Sunni, Shiite Rich, Poor We all laugh We all cry We all bleed I am them, they are me Gay, Straight Christian, Muslim Native, Immigrant We all dream We all falter We all die I am them, they … Continue reading

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Accepting Hatred – Part 1

“Be nice Mark” was a constant refrain while growing up in Wheaton, Illinois, a city with white picket fences, churches and apple pie. The message came from my mom, my dad and our church. They taught me why to be … Continue reading

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Conquering the Fear of Asking

In my mid-twenties, I developed a motto for my life that was “face your fear.” Over the years, after much self-reflection and many conversations with my wife, I changed this motto to “identify your fears and break through them.” This … Continue reading

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Getting Ron Off The Streets

Ron is a homeless friend of mine. I met him in 2009 during my Homeless Project. He is in his late 50’s. He is an alcoholic and has been on the streets for about two decades. He clothes are dirty, … Continue reading

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A followup on Ron my homeless friend

A friend of mine just posted on my blog his experience with the homeless. To quote him, “After our brief talk, I could see tears welling up in each of their eyes. I think it’s easy to forget that the … Continue reading

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Tattoos on the Heart

I just finished reading a wonderful book called “Tattoos on the Heart” written by Gregory Boyle (Father Greg), a Jesuit priest and the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA. Father Greg has been working with gang members in … Continue reading

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Social Venture Partners International Conference 2010

I recently returned from my fourth Social Venture Partners International Conference, held this year in Long Beach, CA. Hundreds of fellow SVP partners from around the world gathered to learn, share best practices and, of course, have a great time. … Continue reading

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Learning about the homeless, August 2, 2010

For people reading this blog entry that have not read my previous entries on the homeless, I encourage you to read Homeless Project Background. It will give you some background on my project. Briefly, I have made a commitment to … Continue reading

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Fackler’s Five

These are some conclusions about running a business that I have come to after 19 years in Vistage and working with hundreds of CEOs. 1) If you are worried about an action that has to be taken, you have already … Continue reading

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