Jim's Blog

Totality Connected

September 2017

My family and I had the good fortune to travel to Oregon’s zone of totality for the recent solar eclipse.

I’ve spoken to a few friends who shared stories of being around many others during the event with little dialogue between groups.

Our experience was very different. We shared the moment with a deaf couple from Washington state.

Our son, JJ, started the engagement by admiring their stylish RV. We soon realized that they couldn’t hear the compliment. The husband had no oral communication skills which perfectly matched my ASL abilities, but his wife quickly came to the rescue with her well worn notepad and pen.

There was something amazing and humbling about a small group of people on a random orb struggling – yet succeeding – to communicate under the spectacle of an overwhelming celestial event.

I’ll remember that moment, and that couple, forever.


About Jim Hill

Jim is the founder and CEO of Organizational Performance Systems.

Previously, Jim was a Marine Corps officer and an executive with Sun Microsystems. He is a past president of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI).

He holds degrees from The Ohio State University, Webster University, and Averett College, and he received his doctorate in human and organizational performance from the University of Southern California.

His book, Giving Away Power, was published in 2013.

He is the 2016 recipient of ISPI’s Distinguished Service Award.

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