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Mindful Leadership

Wise leaders take the time to pause, reflect, and really see what is needed in the moment. They have honed the skill of getting out of their own (and their teams’) way. “Mindfulness is the place in the middle, which is not sucked in and overcome by something; nor is it pushing it away or […]

Honoring Different Ways of Knowing

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Honoring Different Ways of Knowing I recently returned from a visit to Bali, where I was immersed in the culture, people and a land that opened my mind and heart to more expansive ways of being and knowing.  Rarely do we have an opportunity to step away from our day-to-day lives and truly open to new ways […]

The Lost Art of Storytelling

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The Lost Art of Storytelling This summer I had the opportunity to work with a young man from Nigeria whose stories were quite thought provoking and validated our societal need to listen more generously. In our hurry to achieve and accomplish, many of us have lost the capacity for taking in much more than sound bites. […]

FIERCE INDIVIDUALISM: Our Best and Worst National Value

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FIERCE INDIVIDUALISM: Our Best and Worst National Value Climate change is tied with the Islamic State as the most-feared security threat across much of the world — except in the United States, where it is the third-most severe perceived threat, after ISIS and cyberwarfare. Just 56 percent of Americans surveyed, identified global warming as the most serious […]

NATURE: Our Best Teacher for Leadership Effectiveness

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NATURE: Our Best Teacher for Leadership Effectiveness Take a walk in nature and REMEMBER what you need to know to be more effective. As you put one foot in front of the next, start tuning into the sounds around you. At first you will notice a few birds chirping. And then you will hear more. And again even more. Eventually […]

Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

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Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable Whatever happened to just experiencing standing in line with nothing to do or awkwardly working your way through the pause in a conversation?  Have our handheld devices become such a crutch that they have shielded us from being with ourselves when the going gets a bit tough? Has a game of Words with Friends […]

Alone You Will Go Faster, But Together You Will Go Farther

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Alone You Will Go Faster, But Together You Will Go Farther Today at yoga class the teacher paraphrased the well-known African idiom:  “Alone you will go faster, but within this community, you will go farther.”  Of course it depends on the community or group, but in general, do you subscribe to this thinking? Despite an increasingly […]

“The African Doctor”​ – An inspiring film about perseverance and what it takes to live and work in a country and culture different from your own.

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“The African Doctor”​ – An inspiring film about perseverance and what it takes to live and work in a country and culture different from your own. TRAILER   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2UZe8FNsck On a recent flight from Germany to the US, I watched a delightful film that was not only entertaining, but exemplified the traits needed to successfully live and […]

Global Programs

– Global Communication Effectiveness:  August 29th Chester, UK  (private) – Global Team Effectiveness:  September 17th, Toronto, Canada (private) Upcoming:  Developing a Global Network:  “Relationship first, expertise second” Minneapolis, MN USA/May 2014* registration begins January 2014 Paris, France/Fall 2014  *registration begins May 2014

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