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Take a Breath and Count To Ten

Take a Breath and Count To Ten

“Sometimes you need a friend whispering advice in your ear and telling you to breathe at those most difficult moments in the work when you really need to hear it.”

Someone really nice said that to me yesterday. Great timing as I gear up to simultaneously launch my first book into the world, wrap up a crazy year, plan for an even crazier 2017, and plan for the holidays. So, I’m passing along the advice.

Ready to Launch

Ready to Launch

For a long time people have been asking me when I’m going to write a book.  Well, it’s finally that time!  On December 15, you’ll be able to download Finding Time to Lead.  I hope you like it.

Normalize Disequilibrium

Normalize Disequilibrium

“The simple and honest process of letting people know that discomfort is normal, it’s going to happen, why it happens, and why it’s important, reduces anxiety, fear and shame.” – Brene Brown, Daring Greatly

The Flood of Life

The Flood of Life

Maybe it was the cold. It was 12 degrees that day.
Maybe it was distance. I was half way through my 6 mile run.
Maybe it was being alone on a trail.
Whatever it was, I was reflecting on the beauty of what was around me.

Fly Like an Eagle

Fly Like an Eagle

Do you have ever a dream that makes you sit up in bed? Last night was it for me.

Your Buffet of Choices

Your Buffet of Choices

Choice is a funny thing.
Sometimes we want to choose.
Sometimes we want to be told.

We have to the power to choose nearly every minute of every day. 

Steps to the Unattainable

Steps to the Unattainable

“The (one) who pursues the mere attainable should be sentenced to get it… only through the unattainable does a man achieve a hope worth living and dying for – and so attain himself.”
– Eugene O’Neill

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sit Down and Be Quiet

Sit Down and Be Quiet

I don’t know about you, but I like to talk. I pretty much think I have the answer most of the time. (Ask anyone!)

Empathy/Creativity Mashup (and Mixtape)

Empathy/Creativity Mashup (and Mixtape)

“True empathy’s impossible. But if a piece of fiction can allow us imaginatively to identify with a character’s pain, we might then also more easily conceive of others identifying with their own. This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside. It might just be that simple.”  – David Foster Wallace

Empathy and creativity keep coming up in conversation – certainly while following current events in the news, and also around the “water cooler” at Elements.

Proceed Until Apprehended

Proceed Until Apprehended

Sometimes you just have to do something bold and not look back.

Be subversive. Take a risk. 

Slack in the Chain

Slack in the Chain

How was your 4th of July weekend? Still holding on to some of that three-day weekend freshness? Do you even remember back to the 4th of July? Wait? What?! It’s the middle of July already!?

Continuity, Found in the English Countryside

Continuity, Found in the English Countryside

Even on vacation, some familiar new practices can pop up.

Over Memorial Day weekend, I was lucky enough to meet some friends south of London where we toured Petworth House – a Downton Abbey-esque manor and grounds that have been turned into a museum and vast public park.

I am _________________.

I am _________________.

What if you were asked to stand in front of a room of colleagues or friends and finish the sentence:

“I am ____________________.”

How would you feel doing it? Nervous? Scared? Thoughts of “what will they think?” running through your head or “what if I sound arrogant?” “What if I’m wrong?”

Our Deepest Fear

Our Deepest Fear

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, the most frightens us.” – Marianne Williamson

Really? Hmmm… I’m not so sure.