This is the latest episode of my show What’s Your Excuse featuring my guest Peter Altschul.
Peter is also an author who happens to be blind. He has written two books, and our conversation was mainly about the topics in his latest work Breaking It Down and Connecting the Dots.
We discussed his views on what keeps people apart. He has had many jobs where his goal was to bring together groups with vastly different beliefs. These groups would even have violent tendencies such as some of the people on both sides of the abortion verses right to life issue.
We talked about his various guide dogs, their training, their general care, and how these wonderful animals have impacted him and his family at every time in his life since graduating from college.
And we talked a little about being a husband and father who is blind. I love how he shows that blindness doesn’t stop a mom or dad from being a proud parent just like everyone else.
I don’t want to spoil the interview for you by giving it all away, but I guarantee you will be inspired, informed, and motivated.
Peter Altschul’s unique professional journey has been kaleidoscopic. Ivy league graduate. Customer service rep for the most hated federal government agency. Grants manager. Trainer of New York City taxi drivers. Mediator between pro-life and pro-choice activists. Workplace diversity and conflict management specialist. Author, editor, musician, husband, and stepdad. All with the assistance of six wonderfully quirky guide dogs.
Connect With Peter
Working and Loving While Blind
How do a specially-trained guide dog and a person who is blind learn to work together to become a team? What lessons might those who lead others in the workplace learn from this process? These are two of the themes that the author weaves into his compelling memoir.
Breaking it Down and Connecting the Dots
Creating Common Ground Where Contention Rules
This book contains a selection of blog posts I have written during the past five years on family life, organization behavior, rhetorical rabbit holes, music, public policy, sports, dogs, diversity, Christianity, President Trump, and a few other things.
Sharing Is Caring
I really appreciate Peter taking the time to share his experiences with me and my audience. I hope you will help me thank him by sharing the link to this episode.
Like I often say it doesn’t matter how inspiring the words are if no one ever hears them. So, please spread the word about this episode.
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I do appreciate your continuing to spend some of your limited valuable time with me. I couldn’t keep doing this without your interest and support.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts about the show.
Until next time thank you, God bless you, and take care out there, Max