Category Archives: Transformation

The Darkness Is Not Yet Complete

I am dis­ap­point­ed in our coun­try. Focused on win­ning, it is in fact filled with the defeat of our democ­ra­cy. I admit, because it often just seems so hope­less attempt­ing to cross the divide, I find myself resist­ing polit­i­cal argu­ments and exchanges. George Lakof­f’s descrip­tion of the con­ser­v­a­tive moral hier­ar­chy is enough of an explanation […]

The Greater Journey

If lead­er­ship is about any­thing, it’s about over­com­ing obsta­cles, both exter­nal and inter­nal. Of the two, the inter­nal ones are often tougher because they require self-knowl­­edge and ini­tia­tive: a stren­u­ous demand for per­son­al growth and change. The irony is that we can know a great deal about these inter­nal chal­lenges, such as lack of confidence, […]

Be” First, Then Decide What to “Do”

Dur­ing my career as a lead­er­ship con­sul­tant and coach I’ve lis­tened many times as a client leader has admit­ted some self-per­­ceived fail­ing. Jerome’s heart­felt “confession” was one of these moments. He sheep­ish­ly told me there was some­one who report­ed to him who intim­i­dat­ed him, a man­ag­er who seemed to be “much faster intel­lec­tu­al­ly” and “more […]

Waterfalls

Car­men and I hur­ried­ly zip our jack­ets and hun­ker down in the cold while I strug­gle to attach my cam­era to the tri­pod and put on the right fil­ter. Horse­tail Falls in the Colum­bia Gorge must be per­pet­u­al­ly in win­ter shade for Car­men notices how some of the mist com­ing off the falls turns to […]