Category Archives: Radiance

No Mud, No Lotus

A few years ago, the Viet­namese Bud­dhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, pub­lished a slim vol­ume called, No Mud, No Lotus. The premise is straight­for­ward: the “mud” of suf­fer­ing is essen­tial to hap­pi­ness. The two are inex­tri­ca­bly linked. To find hap­pi­ness, first embrace your pain, look deeply into it, and learn to “suf­fer well.”  Last week, after […]

Moving Toward Wholeness

Not long ago my friend, Ed Batista tweet­ed that he felt inspired by how I had con­nect­ed lead­er­ship to psy­cho­log­i­cal whole­ness in a recent post. That was very kind, and it also plant­ed a seed. I’ve writ­ten before about what I think whole­ness is for lead­ers, but look­ing back to that 2011 post, I was disappointed […]

On Worthiness

In many ways, wor­thi­ness is the very first and the very last top­ic of lead­er­ship. From the start a leader is some­one who is con­cerned with know­ing and rely­ing upon his or her self-val­ue. With­out it the per­son who wants to lead, to cre­ate change, to bring peo­ple togeth­er around a new idea or movement […]

The Horse

I stopped along a coun­try road to take a pho­to­graph. I had been down by the riv­er under the moun­tain, but the shad­ows had grown longer and now on my way home the moun­tain was immersed in late after­noon light. At first, two hors­es gal­loped to see me, but they soon wan­dered off, dis­tract­ed by […]