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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.

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.

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.

Compassion is Human Business

Compassion is Human Business

Recently, I spent a weekend at a Mindfulness Summit in Washington D.C. As we got through the first half-day, I have to confess, I felt like a fraud. There was a lot of talk of mindful meditation, being present, and yoga – to name a few. How do I practice mindfulness? I don’t. I consider myself mindful person, but practice it on a regular basis? I do not.

Truth and Avoiding It

Truth and Avoiding It

As a loyal University of Kansas graduate and die-hard Jayhawk fan, in my 38 years I have never supported or cheered for anything related to the University of Missouri.

Until now.

Core Practice

Core Practice

I am not that woman gleefully balancing on the gym ball in the ab workout ads. I do not like to do core work. I’m just not consistent. I feel like no matter how many different exercises I do, that little soft squishy mommy belly is not going to go away. I want one exercise for the core to just take care of it.

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.

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.

Insight Over Content

Insight Over Content

Exciting news!  We’re at the NeuroLeadership Summit in San Francisco. My favorite comment (of many great comments) is: “Should instructional design perhaps shift from content delivery to creating space for insight?” We say YES!!!!

In Praise of Founders

In Praise of Founders

During national election cycles we hear a lot about “the founders” of our country. Candidates spend a lot of time parsing their words and trying to decipher what “the founders” meant 200+ years ago when they wrote the documents that govern our nation. Thomas Jefferson isn’t here to tell us exactly what they meant when the Constitution was written. Maybe that’s a good thing. It allows us to explore the basic values, interpret them and adapt them to new realities. That’s definitely a good thing.

We Can Learn From Each Other

We Can Learn From Each Other

Leslie was recently quoted in a Software Advice blog called, “The Secret to Landing Corporate Donations” from The Able Altruist: (http://able-altruist.softwareadvice.com/the-secret-to-landing-corporate-donations-1113/). The message of the blog post is that if an organization is seeking corporate support, it is helpful to get to know that corporation inside and out. Professional fundraisers seeking corporate support “must position their organization’s campaign to align with the company’s brand, employees’ interests and community goals to form a mutually beneficial and lasting partnership.” This is absolutely true.

Frameworks

Frameworks

I talk about “frameworks” a lot. What are they? Good question.

I think about the framework as the box within which we make decisions. Yep, “inside the box” is a good thing here!

Sea Glass

Sea Glass

Sea glass is glass that has been tossed around in the ocean for years and years until it’s smooth and beautiful. The only pieces of sea glass I’ve ever found are very small; the large pieces are fairly rare.