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!

Rescued from the Dinghy Rack

There is no prison, no box, no punishment that will ever compare to that imposed by our own self-talk. No one will ever judge us more harshly. No truth will ever feel so absolute. Yet... As I walked the waterfront with my dear friend, I circled the wagons around my...

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The only choice – is yours

Love your life...      (or not). Be inspired...     (or not). Do great work...     (or not). Go first...     (or not). Lead...     (or not). These are the choices to be made. Each, a binary choice; there are no others. Making them true is not binary, but making the...

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Are you free to lead?

It's hard to lead from inside a box - cramped, dark, lit only by the peephole you poked in the side to see what's going on. Some boxes are imposed from the outside, created by wrong-headed policies, inadequate funding, or morale-draining "leadership" from above. Some...

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It’s your job to see beauty!

Even (especially?) leaders tend to see work as a list of responsibilities: coordinate, oversee, organize... We rarely use words that reflect what matters most: inspire, empower, engage... But real leaders don't have the luxury of simply executing tasks and strategies....

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Time to Lead

I left the house Saturday morning expecting to join 1,000 or so people at Portland's Women's March. Instead, I found myself shoulder-to-shoulder with more than 10,000. It took my breath away. What really caught my eye was the positive, forward-thinking tone of so many...

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There is a kind of person…

There is a kind of person with whom I - and perhaps you - share one unmistakable quality: We want more. And that desire for more, a desire that runs to the very core of our beings, has endless form. If we teach, we want to reach more kids at a deeper level. We want to...

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The art of showing up

I was wired to be a Dad. Despite all my character flaws, and all the "stuff" my children must now recover from in their adult lives (don't we all!), being a Dad is where I feel most successful and most at peace. Funny thing is, while I certainly tried to bring as...

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Two Questions

While trivialized by the sheer volume of internet "noise" devoted to it, thinking deeply about the past year, and setting intentions for the new, is still one of the most powerful practices in which we can engage - at least for we humans who sincerely want more, and...

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Light the Candle

 As we close out this extraordinary year, it feels right to adapt for our time a piece first published three years ago. Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.  ~ Chinese Proverb No matter what your tradition, that is the the invitation of this amazing...

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Your life, as it is now…

Thinking a lot about joy these days. 2016 has been, for many, a rough year - politically, professionally and personally (intertwined as these are). Have you felt the impact on the weight of your soul? The level of your presentness? Your access to lightness and joy?...

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