Author Archives: Eleanor Bell

The opposite of patience is aggression

Most Sunday evenings I have the sense that I am standing on the edge of the week, about to dive in.  Sometimes excited, sometimes worried, often stirred up in some way.  This past week I found myself hoping for something … Continue reading

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Lions in the grass and other threats

I was reading When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron a couple of weeks ago, and in one of the essays she writes about the story of the Buddha transforming arrows shot at him into flowers – neutralizing their threat.  … Continue reading

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How data helped make me a @UW_WBB fan

As with many data geeks, I love baseball.  Other than that, I have not been a huge sports fan – but my love for data and forecasting has drawn me into another sport, and now I must admit to having … Continue reading

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Play and work: it’s just ride

One of my intentions this year is Playful.  I chose it because it emerged during a day-long workshop in which I reflected on what I want more of in my life – so maybe it chose me.  I can be … Continue reading

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Power dynamics hurt collaboration

Power dynamics get in the way of collaboration.  We probably all knew this was true.  But I just heard a story on NPR about a study that proves it – and what is really interesting is some of the specific … Continue reading

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The inner critic: trying to help, but actually destructive

Tara Mohr, whose book Playing Big has made a big impact in my life, writes about the inner critic, and how you need to understand this voice in you, and recognize that it different from you – that you and … Continue reading

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More influence, less control

I have been in a new role for about 6 weeks now, since the beginning of the year, and it is challenging my self-identity, as so often happens when you step in to a new role.  This has been difficult … Continue reading

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Intentions – more powerful than goals

I spent a day last weekend with friends reflecting on 2015 and setting intentions for the 2016.  Intentions are so different from goals – and I find them so much more powerful.  Last year I set 5 intentions – words … Continue reading

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Being as source of doing

As I dive in to the New Year, the number of things I could do is infinite.  Even while I grow my capacity to get things done (see previous post on closing and opening loops), I have been reflecting on … Continue reading

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Closing loops, opening loops

Two ideas came together for me in the course of the week that seem quite related:  one of my colleagues mentioned how much more difficult it is to close a loop than to open a loop, and David Allen’s recent … Continue reading

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