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London & occasionally Seattle
Thought partner, advisor & coach to leaders of global change & transformation
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I started this blog as a daily blog, in part to begin a practice and discipline of daily writing. I was doing really well - until a few weeks ago. About 2 weeks ago, I let it slip. Just for one day. I told myself, it's just one day. It... Continue reading
For the last few years I have practiced setting a clear intention for each year. This has proved valuable and powerful, and is something I highly recommend. As someone with a very practical and grounded side, I have also been reflecting on the role of goals and plans for those... Continue reading
Up for me this week is the question of responsibility and reasonableness in the context of managing money, assets and wealth. Like so many others who care deeply about the world, money hasn't been a primary driver for me. Don't get me wrong - I like money, because of the... Continue reading
Sometimes it is easier to stay safe and comfortable than to face our fears. I've been doing this lately in some areas of my life, but not all. And there's the rub! I can justify not taking some risks because "I've got too much going on", "I am already taking... Continue reading
One of the most common and easy forms of meditation and relaxation is to focus on the breath. It's how I got started meditating, and it's a powerful way to find stillness and peace - simply by watching the breath go in and out, in and out, ... But there's... Continue reading
Cautionary wisdom from Rachel Naomi Remen in her book My Grandfather's Blessings. "If I wished to defeat those who wanted to use their lives to make a difference, this is exactly the way in which I would go about it. Few such people would be tempted from their purpose by... Continue reading
I have been in the longest period of transition I can remember. Admittedly I've been deliberately slow about making this transition, having recognized that it is not a simple career change or relocation. It is much more fundamental than that. It is about a significant shift in being, from which... Continue reading
More and more people are recognizing that business as usual isn't enough to meet our larger individual and collective aspirations. Some people have recognized that to change business as usual, we also need to evolve our state of consciousness, our being. But what does this mean in practice? This is... Continue reading
Have you ever worked yourself into the ground? Or worked so hard that eventually your body has given up, and forced you to take time off? I have. Many of us have. Whether you are a workaholic or not, sometimes our expectations of ourselves and/or others expectations of us, can... Continue reading
This morning I have been avoiding focusing on something I need to focus on. I woke up with the energy and the determination to tackle it, and then I let myself pocrastinate. I let myself do other things, and as a result I lost the focus and determination. The interesting... Continue reading
A friend recently said to me that the people that first get things started - original founders, initiators, visionaries, etc. rarely get the creit or recognition for what they have accomplished. I've certainly found this to be true in my own life, and have met a few others with similar... Continue reading
A friend posted the following quote on Facebook today, and it struck me that it was a perfect commentary on my life right now. "Life is a balance of holding on and letting go." ~ Rumi When I was just starting out in my career, I used to think balance... Continue reading
Have you ever found yourself saying "I just have to get through this", or "when I get beyond this...", or "if I can just get through today"...? I have. For years, it was my way of telling myself to keep on pushing through, to keep doing, willing everything to be... Continue reading
The theme of how our inner life/world/thoughts/being... is reflected in our outer life/world/thoughts/being... has been a recurring one for me over the last year and a half. In truth, it's been a theme for me over the course of my whole life. However, the specificity of the 'inner reflecting the... Continue reading
Have you noticed that the way we talk about grace reflects that it is something out beyond us, beyond our control? Inherent witin traditional phrases about grace is an assumption that there is someone or something else that holds our fate in their hands and has chosen to show kindness... Continue reading
What is grace? We talk about it in curious, and of often, religious terms. For example "there but for the grace of god go I," or "I am saved by grace." And then there is the world renowned poem/hymn by John Newton. Amazing Grace Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,... Continue reading
“All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.” ~ Cormac McCarthy, The Road Continue reading
I used to think it was about flow, as defined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - finding that magic combination of stretch challenge and application of your energy, attention and expertise. However, I have come to realize that it is more than that. It is also about attitude, awareness, being and trust.... Continue reading
I've been working with a few people recently who are holding on to past problems and frustrations, and as a result are staying stuck and blocked, unable to move forward with their dreams and goals. I empathize. I've been there. It's not a pleasant place to be. But it does... Continue reading
I have been contemplating anger recently. It is a powerful force, used or misused. Frustration is a form of anger - it is anger suppressed, and it can lead to bitterness. It did for me for decades. But anger is not all bad. “Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon... Continue reading
We make decisions all the time, often without any real consciousness about the decisions we are making. If you don't believe me, do what a friend did recently and try giving up decisions for lent or for some meaningful period of time (e.g. a week or 10 days). It will... Continue reading
I don't know about you, but I have long conditioned myself to suppress my excitement. Why does this matter? It matters because excitement is everything. It is inspiration, it energizes, it spurs exploration, and it leads to creativity and joy. So when we don't follow our excitement, the cost to... Continue reading
"You see, truth - like natural law - is observable. Now any law that is not natural law is not observable, and so has to be explained to you. You have to be told why it's for your own good. It has to be shown to you. This is not... Continue reading
Questions were my first love. Questions have become one of my trademarks as I have become known for asking powerful questions. Why do I love questions so much? Questions are the beginning of learning, of growth, and of transformation. Questions arise from our curiosity. Questions spark our imaginations, and lead... Continue reading
Today, I'm doing a quick plug for Oprah's 2008 web series with Eckhart Tolle, which is being shown again online at the moment. If you have any interest in the power of now, the power of stillness, and the expanding shift in consciousness, this series is well worth watching. Catch... Continue reading