#48 – Letting Go

Of expectations Of how it’s “supposed to be” Of old hurts Of waiting for other people to “get” you Of old patterns Of smallness Of hoarding Of dualism Of negativity Of waiting to be “picked” Of isolation Of separation Of the facade Of control Of fear Of silence Of what no longer serves you, yourContinue reading “#48 – Letting Go”

#44 – The Greater Good

“Social distancing” “Hunker down” “Self-isolate” “Flatten the curve” I did not plan to include “The Greater Good” on my list of “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For” but it’s never been made more real or more important to fight for it than right now. Yes, it’s possible that we are already too late, that a surge ofContinue reading “#44 – The Greater Good”

#42 – Common Sense

Common sense leadership practices in times of crisis: Take care of yourself. Take care of your team. Trust your values. Trust your strengths. Ask for help. Learn. Share your learning. Today is a good day to turn each of these into a question and to assess how you’re doing: How have I taken care ofContinue reading “#42 – Common Sense”

#40 – Explain About the Thread

“The Way It Is” There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die;Continue reading “#40 – Explain About the Thread”

#39 – The Real Conversation

Open. Authentic. Honest. Vulnerable. Expressive. Sometimes painful, always a catalyst for new learning. The real conversation is the one below the surface of the one that is familiar and comfortable. It is the one hinted at but only entered into when two people agree to ask the un-askable questions give the un-giveable answers. I amContinue reading “#39 – The Real Conversation”

#38 – Competence

It’s worth fighting for more competent leaders. You don’t tolerate incompetence from your doctor or your accountant but do you feel the same about your leaders? Maybe you think that effective leadership is that much harder to measure than the successful treatment of an illness or the filing of a tax return. I don’t buyContinue reading “#38 – Competence”

#37 – Eat What You Want (It’s your birthday)

Years ago when I was downplaying another birthday as “just another day” and “not a big deal,” a friend suggested otherwise. She said that the day of our birth is inherently important because it is the day we started being us. It matters that we are here and because that wasn’t always so – andContinue reading “#37 – Eat What You Want (It’s your birthday)”

#36 – Look to Nature

Lines Written in Early Spring {William Wordsworth} I heard a thousand blended notes, While in a grove I sate reclined, In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts Bring sad thoughts to the mind. To her fair works did Nature link The human soul that through me ran; And much it grieved my heart to thinkContinue reading “#36 – Look to Nature”

#34 – The Next Smallest Thing

At the conclusion of a speech last October, on my way out of the conference hall, the organizer of the  event said that he would be more than happy to provide a written reference for me to include on my web site. This week, I finally followed up with him and asked if the offerContinue reading “#34 – The Next Smallest Thing”