Category Archives: Shadow

The Hole and the Portal

Peo­ple nat­u­ral­ly turn to those they con­sid­er lead­ers in times of cri­sis — for answers, deci­sions, emo­tion­al sup­port, for a clear path through tense real­i­ties that risk immense and painful change. If you want evi­dence of this turn toward lead­er­ship, note the wide-spread cri­tique of the Pres­i­den­t’s inac­tions, cor­rup­tions and lies well rep­re­sent­ed by this […]

The Tender Spot

I am design­ing a new lead­er­ship work­shop and recent­ly I asked a friend and col­league for some feed­back about the design. As we reviewed the mate­ri­als and exer­cis­es, he stopped at one point and said, “I think you are going too fast here. What you are ask­ing peo­ple to share about them­selves in this part […]

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 […]

The Politics of Contempt

All you have to do these days is read just about any polit­i­cal post — say on Face­book if not some oth­er favorite web­site –and then go to the com­ments sec­tion: Per­son A: “Per­son B, what a liar! You should be forced to prove your accu­sa­tion. Peo­ple like you are ene­mies of the state” Per­son C: […]