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Super Bowl Pool!

February 2nd, 2011 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Personal

Help Support My Graduate School

You may be snowed in, and the Bears may not be in the game, but the game does go on. So does the Wright Foundation for Transformational Leadership’s 2nd Annual Super Bowl Squares Fundraiser.  As you may know, I have been developing myself as a leader by studying human potential at the Wright Graduate Institute, which is supported by the Foundation.

Proceeds from the pool fund education loans, scholarships, graduate research, and symposia to support the development of human performance technology, philosophy, and methodology. They also support the Transformational Leadership Award. This year’s award recipient is Nobel Award winner and originator of micro credit, Dr. Muhammad Yunus.

I’d appreciate your support by buying a $100 square. Details are below.

Contact me by email at or at 773 426-7000.



  • A $100 square gets you a chance to WIN BIG if your square wins!
  • YOU WIN $2,500 if the score at the end of the game matches with your square.
  • YOU WIN $1,250 if the score at the end of halftime matches with your square.
  • YOU WIN $625 if the score at the end of quarters 1 and 3 matches with your square.
  • YOU get to feel good about supporting a good cause.


  • Purchase a square or squares to split with your co-workers, family and friends.
  • Sit back. Relax. Enjoy the game! The rest of the work will be done for you.
  • Watch the score at the end of each quarter to see if you are a winner!


Once you purchase a square your name will be added to a 10 X 10 square grid.  Once the
squares are filled numbers from 0-9 will be randomly drawn for the NFC and AFC teams
participating in the super bowl.  Completed squares will be emailed out to participants.

Watch the game, or not, you don’t need to be present to win.  At the end of each quarter match the last digit of each team’s score with the grid to see if you’ve won!

Moving Sale!

June 4th, 2010 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Business, Personal

Canright Communications is moving downtown! We’re sharing office space in River North with Lyons Consulting Group, a firm that started in our Ravenswood office. And we’re selling a lot of well loved and vintage office furniture.

If you’re interested in anything and want to see it (or pick it up), email me at or call 773 248-8935 ext. 9404 and leave a message.

Bookcase, Wall-Sized – $575

Large, custom-built oak bookcase for a wall-of-books look. Approx. 8ft wide by 7ft tall. Disassembles into base, top piece, and two shelf units for transport. Currently used as a wall divider in a loft office, with ceiling guy wires. Back side is painted white and has three short shelves installed. That’s optional–the unit can stand against the wall as well.

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File Cabinet-Lateral (4 available) – $45

Beige-colored two-drawer lateral file cabinets. We have four available.

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File Cabinet-Lateral-Four Drawer – $75

Beige four-drawer lateral filing cabinet.

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Antique Desk with Typewriter Return – $125

Antique office desk (painted red) with a spring-loaded typing table. A lot of great articles, marketing materials, and a few books were written here.

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Glass Desk and Shelf – $525

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Desks–Wooden (three available) – $50 Each

Three wooden desks: Two are maple veneer. One is maple laminate. One has separate rolling drawers. See images. One is 64 in x 32 in; one is 70 in x 34 in; and one is 60 x 27 in.

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Conference Table and 8 Knoll Chairs – $400

Wooden Conference table with eight rolling chairs. Table is 10×3.5 ft.: $150. Chairs are black cloth: $30 each.

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And while we’re at it, we’re also selling some personal items we no longer want:

Lyon & Healy Troubadour II Lever Harp – $925

This is an older (late 1970s) version of the current model, the Troubadour VI. Harp is in good condition with no broken strings but will need maintenance and tuning. Specifications on a model III are:

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Round Dining Room Table/Chairs – $350

Unique round wood veneer table and 4 chairs for dining room or game room. Came from Bavaria, according to the dealer I bought it from, who shops in Prague. Good condition but nicks to the veneer on both table and chairs and some mars on the legs. All chairs are tight, and the table is sturdy. Table is 50.5 inches in diameter and 31 inches tall

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Couch-Cabinet-Treadmill-Microwave – $150

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Ill Definition

February 27th, 2010 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Personal, Psychology

The way we define things and how we name them determine how we view the world and, as a result, how we act and treat one another. Modern neuroscience shows that human perceive not the thing itself but a copy, an illusion created by the human brain, a copy that is as created by mental beliefs and attitudes as much as it is generated by energies in the physical world. Things are not as they appear, and how things appear can change over time.

A story I heard today on the radio show “This American Life” illustrates how powerful definitions are and what it can take to change them. “204: 81 Words,” covers the history of how the American Psychiatric Association (APA) decided in 1973 that homosexuality was no longer a mental illness. It’s about both the power of a family story and a social label, artfully and informatively told by National Public Radio reporter Alix Spiegel.

The story’s professional theme shows how the 81 words in American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) that defined homosexuality as a disease were replace by 204 that say it is not. For years, psychiatrists treated it as a disease to be cured, and psychoanalysts probed patients to see where the causes lay in family history.

I assume that “This American Life” host Ira Glass and his crew decided to rebroadcast the show, originally aired in 2002, because the forthcoming fifth edition of the APA’s manual, DSM-5, to be published in 2013, is now available for public comment. Comments are due April 20, 2010.

The story’s family theme focuses on the power of family stories. The reporter, Spiegel, is the granddaughter of a man who played an important role in revising the DSM description of homosexuality. Her family’s family story was more or less single-handedly responsible for the change. The granddaughter, in telling the history, found that the true story was much more complex and her grandfather’s role much less central, though still important.

I am not sure how Spiegel and her family changed through her telling of the story and the consequent shattering of the myth of her grandfather. I’d like to, for family stories provide a powerful organizing device for a family and the perception of its members. A change in the narrative generally changes the characters in the future, but his is not in Spiegel’s scope.

My personal interest centers on how things become named–more properly how people use language to designate aspects of human experience with words that have meanings upon which people act. “80 Words” recalled how appalled I am at the number of psychological experiences have been labeled diseases that should be treated by drugs.

About two years ago, I got into a cab on the way home from Midway airport and had a conversation with an extremely articulate and bright cab driver about philosophy, politics, and, of all things, drugs. When I mentioned that the drug seller’s on the streets of the city were not necessarily the biggest causes of the country’s drug problems, and my driver took that bait.

“Oh yeah, the real pusherboys work for the big drug companies,” he said.

“Makes the guys on the street seem like rank amateurs,” I replied in agreement.

Turned out we had both read an article in The Chicago Reader that week (2/14/08) called, “How Shy Became Sick.” That article and the book it profiles, Christopher Lane’s Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness, provides a critical bit of history on the development of the psychological profession in recent years. It convinced me that if I had been in high school in the mid 90s rather than the mid 70s, I would have been on meds.

I would have been a very different person, and not for the better, though it occurs to me that I was on meds not sanctioned by the psychological profession. But that’s a different story.

“204: 81 Words” is well worth the hour it takes to play.


February 23rd, 2010 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Personal, Technology

I’ve been working on new things a lot lately: new online marketing ideas, including an ebook on staying connected through email and social media; new studies in group dynamics and leadership; new writings in neuroscience, social intelligence, and nanoscience.

In going over my strategy for bringing in more business through our online marketing in my sales group this morning, it became apparent that I have been giving close to short shrift to the technical writing I have done and managed for so long. Our largest current projects are a software manual revision and a series of hardware manuals for an electronics test equipment manufacturer–one of the first times we’ve been able to completely redesign and rewrite a hardware manual.

So I decided to spend some time on LinkedIn searching for other software companies in the Chicago area to call on. I came across a lot of Motorola software engineers in my network, a company I have done only one project with, an edit of a white paper 20 years ago on Six Sigma and producibility. I remember wading through the math and getting to the core idea that any product had to be designed with the particulars of manufacturing and production in mind. It seemed quite simple.

I passed on making making connections to the Motorolans for the time being. Their work it is too far away from my experience at this point.

But the electronic data interchange developer I came across isn’t, though it’s been like 10 years since I worked with the subject directly.

In thinking about the EDI work I did, I recalled all the documentation I did in the electronics industry. So I did some LinkedIn searches on the keyword “electronics” and came up with some people at a company I had worked with about 15 years ago.

The new services are critical areas of growth, but sometimes it also pays to look back at what’s worked in the past and reconnect.