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!

A conversation with fear

You know that feeling when you know - without question or doubt - that you need to clear the cobwebs out of your thinking and start anew? As if your very life depended on it? That's me. Big time. No question or doubt. OK, I lied. Lots of doubt.I've allowed a too-long...

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Speechless for Dr. King

I've lost count of how many times I've sat down to write this reflection. I knew it had to be about Dr. King, yet I am left speechless. Ironic, I know. Dr. King was anything but speechless. He cut through the noise with such clarity, such vision, such courage. And...

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Moments of Grace

What have been your moments of grace? That teacher who saw you for who you really are? The relief of discovering your own strength - and knowing you would be OK? Being loved, being seen, feeling joy, perfect timing, second chances, the road rising up to meet you,...

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Joyous in this moment…

In a recent interview, the 85-year-old Ram Dass was asked this question: "Are you happy?" "I am joyous," he responded. Then, as he laughed that contagious, joyful laugh, "In this moment, I am joyous." Ah, yes. That's where it lives! It's crazy, right? Suffering lives...

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5 Truths, No Lie

Truth #1: You are where you are, relative to everything in your life.  The first time I heard this, I thought, "Yep, can't get more honest than that!"  Whatever else is true, we are where we are. The question is, what's next? Truth #2: It's all true Your moments of...

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The joy of stepping out

Listening to a phenomenal interview with Maya Angelou. Buying tickets to visit my daughter in Thailand. Allowing myself to step fully into my brilliance - and feeling that powerful energy bounce right back toward me. Three times in the last week when I felt infinite...

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Beyond Thankful

Welcome to my life... No pay for sick days or vacations. Weekends are an illusion from the past. Health insurance premiums are a nightmare. And I am thankful beyond words. Failures outnumber successes. Uncertainty is my constant companion. Fear stands waiting. And I...

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A Dance with the Universe

I first published this four years ago. My daughter is now a Fulbright Scholar teaching in Thailand, and my mother-in-law has descended into the house of mirrors that is Alzheimer's. Yet, I am deeply moved by how much remains the same - as truth tends to do. As you...

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