Inspired Personal Leadership

Reflections on seeing & leading differently...

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Every week or so, sometimes more often, I write a thought piece about some aspect of seeing differently – in life, in relationships, in work and our engagement with the world. Please feel free to search by category, using the tools on the right, or just browse to your heart’s content. Your comments make all of this rich with your ideas and insights.  Enjoy!

The Last Step

Ironic, I know. I spend my life helping people get out of their heads and take inspired action. And I can tell you, those first shifts, when you finally step off the treadmill of your own thoughts, are the hardest. But what about that last step - the one where you've...

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And the dream grew closer…

I spent last weekend with a group of dreamers. Every person at the retreat was reaching for something that did not yet exist in their lives - at least not in it's fullest, dreamed-of form. So why weren't they more inspired? Why was there such pain attached to the gap...

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Looking for hope

This week's reflection, as we look in the mirror of the senseless killings in Las Vegas, is quiet and simple. In fact, the words are not my own, but those of our beloved teacher and neighborhood friend, Mr. Rogers: Look for the helpers. If you look for the helpers,...

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The Truth of Affirmations

I recently heard a debate about affirmations that made me think it was time to re-share this reflection, first published in 2009. Affirmations have become the catch-all solution, the salve for whatever ails you. Just think it and it will come true: "I am a...

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Does It Tire or Inspire?

I was reviewing reflections I wrote in 2007 and this one jumped out as a perfect reminder for our times... Talk about on the mark! On the Today show last week, I listened to Kris Carr, author of Crazy, Sexy Cancer Tips, talk about her dance with a type of cancer that...

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The antidote to ugly

I can't remember a time in my life when ugliness has been so prevalent, so in my face. The daily barrage of pure, unadulterated ugliness somehow unnerves me and leaves me in a constant state of uncertainty. I'm not talking about crime and violence. I know what to do...

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In service of what?

Research (and lots of it!) tells us that how we think about happiness and success is backward; that happiness is not the result of success, but rather, success is the result of happiness. So, is the pursuit of happiness, along with the pursuit of our dreams and...

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Is this what you intended?

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life.” ~ Mary Oliver I've been listening to you very intently for a while now, and here's what I've heard... For many of you, your experiences have given birth to an idea, something quite marvelous...

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