Like Yoga

This past quarter, I took a “Leading with Emotional Intelligence” class at Seattle University. It was one of the most meaningful experiences of my life, and one I will continue to hold and unpack in the months and years to come. As a part of the experience, we participated in a three day retreat. Many of…

Where the Conscious & Subconscious Collide

Over eleven years, four small frames have traveled with me across two continents and to six cities. Weeks before putting the last of my possessions either in storage or in the Goodwill donation truck on my way overseas in 2005, I collaged Good Earth Tea quotes over photographs or images. At the time, I didn’t understand each one…

Credit

Unplanned, timely post for International Women’s Day 2016.  When it comes to human performance and talent, there are often a gap between what is perceived and reality. During my training in the philosophy and methods of skill development, Dr. Kevin Roessger shared the story of Mr. Molesley and the cricket match (pictured left; source) in Downton Abbey’s season 3, episode…

No Label Needed

Labels, boxes, and language can be problematic. We think something isn’t real unless it fits in the confines of language, a box of understanding, or a clear label and name we can understand. This rigidity of thinking impacts not only what and how we value things, ideas, people and experiences but how we listen, understand…

Doing the Work

There’s a framework (pictured right, source) known as the four stages of learning, four stages of competence, competence hierarchy, or the learning continuum. It presents the idea that humans can move in four stages from being unskilled to skilled–incompetent to competent. Moving from left to right: unconscious incompetence (not knowing what you don’t know), conscious incompetence (knowing you don’t know, but not knowing…

The Face(s) of History

“The arts have the ability to rewrite history. Changing the face makes all the difference.” ~ Cindy Tran The above quote is from my friend and professional colleague, Cindy Tran (pictured right). Together, Cindy and I stumbled upon one of the most impactful events I’ve experienced in my lifetime to date. The work of Kehinde Wiley is now featured as…

Units of Time

The 2002 film, “About a Boy,” (pictured left; source) begins with the idea of “units of time” (watch the clip). The concept is that every day is made up of tiny increments of time that can be used. Sure, the main character is in an unrelate-able place of incredible privilege–having no need to work or make money….

The Hero’s Journey is Shared

We know the story well. Name a book, film or narrative of any shape or size, and there it is–the classic plot twist of a human adventuring though challenge and mishaps, and coming out the other side in the end. This reoccurring “Hero’s Journey” is a monomyth storyline that people like Joseph Campbell have analyzed and dissected from the gamut of…

Means & Ends

I’m a sucker for quotes. Good Earth teabags. Baci chocolates. And, circa 2006 Starbucks coffee cups. Pictured left was one such quote photographed, held in my hand as I sipped from its very brim in Manhattan’s Battery Park, New York City. “A person’s pursuit of goodness leads to greatness, but the pursuit of greatness leads to…

Turn of a Phrase

For 15+ years, lined paper and spiraled notebooks have brimmed with my handwritten notes accompanied with this encircled letter “V.” Next to the “V,” which represents “vocabulary” to me, are verbatim phrases or standalone words that individuals share in meetings, classes, events, or appear in multimedia works or presentations. As far back as I can remember, language…

Temperature

A thermostat is a beautiful thing. I’ve lived more life without one than with one, and let me tell you. It’s easy to forget how miraculous its effects can be. No matter what the time of year, your space can feel effortlessly comfortable and stable. Some friends (pictured right) are in the process of acquiring…

$ vs.<3

“People pay for what they do, and still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead.” ~ James Baldwin I’m co-facilitating an independent study, graduate-level class on the theme of “Social Media & Leadership,” for a MA in Transformational Leadership student at Seattle University this…