3 Minutes to More Effective Leadership

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in leadership, mindfulness | 0 comments

If you could improve your leadership in just three minutes a day, would you make the time to do it? What if this magic 3 minutes consisted of doing… pretty much nothing at all? Sound too good to be true? In leadership, our ability to connect with people and align them towards common goals is a function, in large part, of our leadership presence. Presence is how we show up. It’s the quality of our be-ing (as opposed to the content of...

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Read this the next time you’re doubting your ability to get it all done.

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in inspiration, leadership, productivity, time management | 0 comments

You will never get it all done.  Let’s start there. There will always be more work to be done than you can get to in your lifetime. Accepting this doesn’t mean you are admitting defeat (we need your hard work).   It doesn’t make your organization’s vision of the world any less important (we need your compelling vision).  The truth is this: None of us can do our best work in a state of relentless stress, overwhelm, and...

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From the Vault: Pondering Purpose in the (Jewish) New Year

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in inspiration, leadership, mindfulness, social justice | 0 comments

  For those who celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, now is a time of reflection, of returning to that which we value most, and of reconciling our best intentions with our actions.  In the spirit of the holiday, I offer this post from the vault: Pondering Purpose in the New Year.  Whether or not you are celebrating the birth of a new year this week, I invite you to take a moment to step back and reflect with this exercise....

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The One Planning (and Focusing and Decision-Making) Tool I Couldn’t Live Without

Posted by on Sep 9, 2011 in front page, leadership, management, mindfulness, productivity | 1 comment

  Three years ago at the Selah Leadership Program, I was introduced to a planning tool that I’ve used every single day since.  This magic tool?  POP. The POP Model was developed by organizational consultants Leslie Sholl Jaffe and Randall J. Alford.  POP stands for Purpose, Outcomes, and Process, and it’s a simple and effective tool for keeping yourself and others focused aligned in almost any context. Purpose answers the...

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5 Questions for Deeper Self Awareness in Sticky Situations

Posted by on Feb 24, 2011 in front page, leadership, mindfulness | 2 comments

Deep self-knowledge — an awareness of our own thoughts, feelings, behavior, and motivations — is one of the cornerstones of thoughtful leadership, yet it is often neglected.  In the rush of everyday work life, with its cascading opportunities and challenges, we can easily forget to keep our “selves” in mind.   Yet, whether you pay conscious attention to your self or not, you are the person driving everything you...

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Pondering Purpose in the New Year

Posted by on Jan 3, 2011 in inspiration, leadership, mindfulness, social justice | 0 comments

Today I’ve been revisiting some of my favorite perspectives on the concept of purpose.  I am particularly moved by these words by choreographer Martha Graham: “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action.  And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.  If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.  The world...

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