Leadership, Learning & Change

New Year’s Revolution

I have always thought of death as a sort of dénouement. The mysteries of existence will be revealed to us at the moment we die. And one of the biggest mysteries I’m anticipating that death will dispel is: why do we resist ourselves? Why do we need resolutions, New...

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Two Women

I came across these two stories on the same day, and though these two women are worlds apart in who they are, and what they are about, they struck me as similar in their courage Patti Smith belongs to my youth. Because the Night was an electrifying anthem to something...

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The more things change…..

I can’t help but be influenced by the end of year recaps at this time of year –the best of this, the worst of that. It’s definitely a time to reflect, review, and plan. I love spending a few days, usually somewhere between Christmas and New Years, reflecting on  the...

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Carving Out Time for Creativity

I’m doing my end of year planning for 2011, and as I do every year, I struggle to carve out time for creative work, while trying to satisfy the demands of my work life. Writing, for instance, requires a lot of time for cooking and cogitating. It just can’t be done...

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Taking the pulse of your learner

I just finished teaching a seminar in Australia, Beyond our Grasp: The Art, Science and Flow of Learning, Performance and Change. I really enjoyed working with a new topic, and having the opportunity to trial new ideas and learn together with such an enthusiastic and...

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Performance Pressure

One of my favorite topics. I wrote a post a few years back, which I originally called Game Day (changed to Leading Under Fire) talking about leading under stress, and the challenges of performing under pressure. Peter Bregman's post, The Big Test: How to Handle...

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Breaks: Intended and Otherwise

I've been a bit absent. I was offline and away for a week on Cycle Oregon. I didn't realize that while I was on a break, my website took one as well. While I was happily pedaling along, offline and out of touch, my website was shut down because of a security breach....

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Fighting the good fight – or not.

Atul Gawande, in an article for The New Yorker, writing about the soaring cost of health care, looks at the role dying and the terminally ill play in those costs: Twenty-five per cent of all Medicare spending is for the five per cent of patients who are in their final...

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Deep Democracy as a disruptive innovation

In the wake of the recent G20 in Toronto, my friend Annahid and I were talking about the state of social change movements today. Annahid has been on the front lines of social change her whole life, and is founder and senior partner of Anima Leadership Institute in...

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The Reading Round Up – Summer version

Last March I posted The Reading Roundup. I got a lot of comments and suggestions from readers, and so I'd like to make this a regular feature, perhaps once a quarter, provided I've actually read enough. So, here is a list of some books I've enjoyed since the last...

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Civil discourse and political debate

I wrote recently about the polarizing tone of civil discourse, and find Michael Sandel's recent TED talk on The Lost Art of Democratic Debate encouraging. Sandel, professor of political philosophy at Harvard, looks at the essence and moral questions that underlie...

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We all need somebody to lean on

In a post-game interview, L.A. Laker Ron Artest thanks his psychiatrist for helping him relax under the intense pressure of the playoffs. First reactions to his comments were critical, yet when players thank God or Jesus for help, which they often do, I rarely hear...

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