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Focusing on process to achieve outcome

A while back I decided I wanted to learn how to juggle. I had wanted to since middle school but had been unable to do it. Even the book Juggling for the Complete Klutz did not help at all. I … Continue reading

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Designing my next step

Well it turns out that cocooning took longer than I thought it would – the process of dissolving your external identity and going within to explore what you might want to become is non-linear and does not go according to … Continue reading

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Leaders are humans

Early in my career I was in a front line management job.  I had a small team, and interacted with each of them on a daily basis.  I was full of thoughts about how senior management and executives were ineffective, … Continue reading

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Racism, sexism, and systems of oppression

I have been diving in to others’ thoughts on systemic patterns of oppression, and the insights offered are so rich that I want to share them with you, along with my own reflections.  Recent public discourse, or lack thereof, about … Continue reading

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Systemic constraints, individual autonomy

I have spent the past few weeks reflecting on my life’s work – the highs and lows, the times when I have been most energized and engaged – toward identifying the purpose of my next life chapter.  What I am … Continue reading

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This precious life

Precious: of great value; not to be wasted or treated carelessly; beyond price. As I move through this process of cocooning, one of the things I am working on is owning my gifts.  Nancy, my coach, encouraged me to practice … Continue reading

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Cocooning

There is a name for the process I am engaged in – Cocooning. The name comes from Frederick Hudson’s cycle of renewal. His theory is that we all go through a process of four phases. The first phase is called … Continue reading

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Structured un-structure

At the beginning of this year I wrote about my desire to shift my focus more on Being and less on Doing.  In practice I found that very difficult.  My perception of the demands on my time, primarily from work, … Continue reading

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Head, Body, Heart

I started my career completely in my head.  I spent all my energy and attention developing my intellect, growing my capabilities in my head center of intelligence.  I lived in the world of academics, and a separate world it was.  … Continue reading

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Letting go again

Last summer I shared reflections about a decision I made that had a significant impact on my life – the choice to stay at my place of employment through a significant change in strategy, structure and role.  I also wrote … Continue reading

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