Leadership

Why We Should Navigate Conflict Like Meteorologists

“Conflict exists in community, and not all conflict is the same. It has dimensions. Nuance. If we’re to live in community with each other we must acknowledge this reality. Living in community requires a shared set of values and norms to serve as guideposts, defining the behaviors that we want to encourage and discourage, outlining […] Read more…

Lessons-learned after 5 days in “airplane mode”…

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” – Audre Lorde   A week ago my partner, Lia, and I boarded a plane and put our phones on airplane mode. It had been over two years since we’d taken a vacation, and with the swipe of […] Read more…

Hidden Curriculum

A Case For Putting The WHY In The Driver’s Seat   “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou   I believe we’re all teachers in some way. While it may not be a tradition, school, […] Read more…

Leading with Integrity: What It Really Means

And The Power Of Good-Enough “With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.” ― Zig Ziglar   Integrity is one of my most core values.   Everyday I aspire to lead with integrity, and everyday I make […] Read more…

Put Out The Fire

3 steps to intentionally effective communication   The community meeting was getting heated. Tempers were rising, accusations were cast, insults issued, and disruptions were spiraling the meeting into chaos. The leader, trying to take control of the situation, demanded everyone to take their seat and listen or not only would the meeting would end immediately, […] Read more…

Let’s Talk About Starbucks

Some thoughts on why we need to address the root cause of racial bias   If you’ve watched the news, you have probably heard about the reprehensible event that occurred at Starbucks on April 12 (summary here).   At first I had a lot of reactions and wanted to post with fury. But then, I […] Read more…

Transform Pain Into Power

Why It Takes Courage To Lead From Our Scars   We carry our past like baggage. The worst of of the pain is the heaviest. We try to keep it close to us, wearing it like a backpack. While we try to simultaneously hide and/or ignore it, there are times when it just can’t be […] Read more…

What’s Missing In the EI Conversation?

The Power Tool That Boosts Emotional Intelligence & Consciousness    Did you know that emotional intelligence is responsible for 58 percent of our performance? When I first saw that article I thought, “that makes sense”…but then I paused. There was a piece of the puzzle missing. How could they not talk about diversity and inclusion?  […] Read more…

The Key to Successful Communication

Why Internalizing What We Hear Is Important   Between 70 and 80% of our day is engaging in some form of communication with about 55% of that time dedicated to listening. Even so, most people can only actually remember between 17-25% of what they hear. 93% of all communication is nonverbal. (recent report)   I’ve […] Read more…