Tag: self-reflection

What’s In Your Christmas Stopping?

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To me the most remarkable part of Christmas is how everything goes from ridiculously busy to a remarkable stop. The end-of-year reviews, the 2013 planning, the rehearsals, the concerts, the shopping, the cooking, the visits, and then the pause. When I walk into a candle lit church, all the chaos seems to melt away. We stop, we remember, we give thanks, we hope. On Christmas, my running also becomes an ironic form of

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Today I offer my grace of thanksgiving for all that I have been given. I also whisper a humble grace for the messy work that is helping me to become. May you too be blessed in your grappling this Thanksgiving.

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you

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Labor Day was first organized in 1882 by labor unions as a celebration of the contributions of working class Americans. Although not a big union supporter, Grover Cleveland formalized it as a National Holiday in 1894. There is some good background here for those who want to know more Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day? Labor Day has always seemed to me to be one of those unsung holidays where the meaning gets a bit

Is Fitness a Leadership Competency?

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As a yogi, I believe in the connection between body, mind and spirit. I also know that my fitness routine is a vital aspect of who I am as a leader. For me, time spent on fitness is time to think, to clear my head and to become mentally and physically stronger. When I am exercising more and eating right, I feel better. I lead better. Would I go as far to say that fitness is a leadership competency? I have been

Email as a Reflective Practice: Thoughtful Writing to Spark Conversation thumbnail

Having a Reflective Practice means finding a deliberate way to stop and think. It’s a ritual you do regularly to pause, consider, and learn. So, can email be a good medium on which to build a reflective practice? Stop laughing.

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
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Kermit the Frog as Leader? It’s Not Easy Leading Green thumbnail

Growing Leaders of All Ages:

Part of my mission for this blog is engaging leaders of all ages in the leadership conversation.  Today, I present a guest post from Jared Herr, age 12.  If you are a leader of any age, interested in collaborating on a guest post on leadership, let’s talk more.

Kermit is a strong leader in many ways:

He works to make the muppets the best that they can be He

Beginning With Questions

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Beginning well is an art. Taking a deliberate approach to how we start something new, can lay the groundwork for future success.

Firefighters Beginning Well

Last night I had fish tacos with about 20 firefighters. Well, not actually real firefighters– yet, that will happen tomorrow after graduation. This was a team of new “recruits” finishing their 12 week, intense, training academy ready