Purpose, Passion, Productivity. In That Order.

Early in my career facilitating leadership development, one day I jumped out of bed thinking, “I can’t believe I get paid to do this!” At this moment, I realized what work is meant to be. Too often, work seems to be something different. Instead of feeding our heart, modern work may be suffocating, crushing our souls given […]

Yin Leadership: An Alternative to the Masculine/Feminine

Sometimes I just long for life to be simpler. Years ago, things seemed more cut and dry, and I didn’t question matters much. I knew what was right and wrong, and of course, I was usually on the side of right. With age, we tend to realize that matters are rarely so black and white. Nuance […]

Walking for Life: Voting with our Feet

In the USA we have just come through a long election cycle, which appears to have no end in sight. No matter where a person falls on any ideological or political scale, it is paramount for everyone to vote. Voting is one way to listen to each other, even if what we hear is unpleasant. […]

Diversity, The Myth of Separateness, & Earth Care

“The myth of the separate self underlies our entire civilization, says philosopher and author Charles Eisenstein. This dualistic view of the world pits people against each other and turns nature into something we want to control. But we can choose another story — one of interdependence and connection. By doing so we become able to […]

Why We Have Systemic-isms

Did it feel like this discussion about systemic racism came out of left field?  I suspect it took many of us off guard, not unlike the discussion about gay marriage several years ago.  One day, everyone is saying WTF?, and then the next we’re all acting like the change is a no-brainer. These left field surprises are […]

What the Pandemic and Demonstrations Have in Common

This confluence of pandemic and Black Lives Matter is no accident.  We created this through one common denominator: aggression towards what we view as “less than.” In a way, we can’t help it.  We constantly have to sort through the millions of things in our lives and decide, usually subconsciously, quickly and accurately, what is good and what […]

Weathering the Storms within Our Communities

This time of year is when those of us who live on the coast start bracing ourselves for the approaching peak of hurricane season. June 1 is the official start of hurricane season, but the storms started early this year with Tropical Storm Arthur in mid-May. As the season dawns upon us for yet another […]

Self-Justification and Agression

George Floyd.  Ahmaud Arbery.  Sean Reed.  Eric Garner.  Michael Brown.  Trayvon Martin. And these are only a few of the most public cases where unarmed black men were killed while exhibiting no apparent threat to others. Additionally, there are thousands, if not millions, of other cases that fly under the national radar, where people are killed, assaulted, or abused, oftentimes […]

A Vision for a Vibrant Future, Post-COVID-19

The projections for what will become of us after the dust settles from the pandemic ranges from “we’ll go back to the way things were 3 months ago” to “descending to authoritarian and fascist solutions.”  I suppose either are possible, but they seem to represent two unlikely extremes, neither making room for positive deviance from this […]

Our Great Big Time-Out

A shutdown of nonessential goods and services.  It feels like I’m in a months-long time-out.  Grounded, barred from the things I used to enjoy. For those of us who are empty nesters, this concept is somewhat a distant memory of a type of punishment that removes the things our misbehaving children enjoy the most as a disincentive […]