Leadership

Reflections on leadership, coaching, zen approaches, and student affairs.

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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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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A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a day long mindfulness retreat with Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. This was a wonderful experience for a variety of reasons including the luxury of devoting a full day to building my mindfulness practice with wisdom and guided exercises (meditation, mindful lunch, […]

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The Book of Joy chronicled a week of conversations between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Dharamsala, India to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday. The two spiritual leaders discussed joy based on the similarities and differences in their spiritual traditions and lifetimes facing hardship, violent oppression, and genocide. Douglas Abrams participated […]

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Last week at the ACPA Annual Convention, I was invited by the Commission for Social Justice Educators (CSJE) to share some history of the Commission’s coming into being 11 years ago. I was also invited to share some thoughts on the future of social justice education in higher education. I worked with several other good folks […]

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