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I’m often asked what books I recommend. These are my top 5 most commonly recommended books. Except they aren’t all books* and there are more than five*. They are not necessarily my favorites or the most meaningful to me personally, but after getting to know folks a bit these are the books I most often […]

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In the spirit of often mocked but often clickable end of the year listicles, here are the top posts from this blog in 2017. #1 Top Post Lessons from Brené Brown’s Braving the Wilderness The most clicked and most read was this post summarizing my take aways after hearing Brené Brown speak a couple of […]

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Here is a brief recap of most of the books I “read” in 2017. I put “read” in quotes as I listen to most of these via Audible as I workout, commute, or travel. Perhaps you’ll add some of these to your reading list and make a suggestion or two that you think I should […]

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Stress + Rest = Growth. Brad Stulberg & Steve Magness, Peak Performance

In Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success, authors Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness share the science on what makes successful performers, whether they be winning the New York marathon, writing a best selling book, oil painting, or corporate consulting. Their insights comes from research and interviewing […]

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Mindful Leadership

Mindful leadership seems to be a term resonating with folks, even if they aren’t sure what it means. Many of us are looking for new ways of being as leaders. Here are some of the components of mindful leadership I find myself working to practice myself and discussing with others in keynotes, presentations, and retreats. […]

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Authentic Masculinity. Recognizing external socialization. Discovering self. Giving up performing & mask wearing. Aligning with full authenticity & humanity. Living in integrity.

Men are socialized, as soon as we enter this world, about how we should think, feel, and behave as men AND how we should not think, feel, and behave as men. This gender socialization is so successful that my research participants couldn’t tell me when they first learned it, because they couldn’t remember not knowing […]

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Supporting survivors. Safety. Believe. "It is not your fault. Empower.

When I speak about preventing sexual violence on college campuses, I often share brief definitions of different forms of sexual violence including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape. Once I’ve given these brief definitions I then ask, “How many of you know someone who has experienced sexual violence?” Again and again, on campuses across the […]

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On Sunday evening I had the opportunity to hear Brené Brown speak in Minneapolis about her new book, Braving the Wilderness, which came out on Tuesday. I’ve benefitted greatly from Brené Brown’s work including her previous books; Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong as well as her TED Talks. Her ideas and concepts have been helpful in my presentations, […]

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Do you have a voice inside you that you trust? Could getting more clarity about that voice help you access it more readily? Could it help you trust your instincts or connect with what your brain is processing right below your level of conscious awareness? One of the things I learned in my coaching certification […]

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Last week I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Kathy Obear‘s book In It For the Long Haul: Overcoming Burnout and Passion Fatigue as Social Justice Change Agents. Her book is out today and available for free download. In It For the Long Haul is a much-needed look at burnout and sustainability […]

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