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PRISM Magazine Entry

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in News & Updates | Comments Off on PRISM Magazine Entry

Check our my recent article in March/April Issue of PRISM Magazine Thirsty in the Midst of Abundance, pp-18-19

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Choosing Weakness

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in News & Updates, What's New | 1 comment

Choosing Weakness Sometimes an idea comes to you like a seed of truth which begins to grow as it is cultivated by seemingly unrelated events. This happened to me over the course of several months. The seed was planted in Fall of 2011 as I listened to one of my colleagues deliver a convocation address entitled “Choosing Weakness”. In his presentation, he reflected on his experiences needing and accepting help during a long illness. He suggested that “instead of pretending to be strong, instead of covering over our zones of weakness, what if we embraced the weakness, chose to be vulnerable, admitted and owned our own and others’ limitations” (Peterson, 2011). Later, it was watered and cultivated as I sat waiting at the hair salon. As I browsed through an issue of Architectural Digest, I came across the words of Gil Schafer: “True authenticity is a lack of perfection.” The seed grew and began to bear fruit when I attended the keynote address by Dr. Brene Brown at the 2012 Women Success Forum in Denver. The presentation was entitled: “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love and Lead. Dr. Brown (2012) writes: “Vulnerability is not weakness… “Vulnerability is the core, the heart, the center of meaningful human experiences.” Lately, I have been thinking about this life lesson. Our loved ones, colleagues and clients are not expecting perfection from us. Rather if we are strong enough to let go of the facades and reveal our authentic selves, I do believe that is where we can make the deepest connections. In choosing to be vulnerable, we dismantle power differentials that hinder relational intimacy. We provide a mirror for others to see a reflection of their own imperfect humanity and that shared image is AMAZINGLY liberating. Will you choose weakness today? Sources Brown, B. (2012). Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love and Lead, New York, NY: Gotham Books. +Peterson, D.N. (February, 2012). Choosing Weakness. The Covenant Companion, pp. 7-9. +The quotation above is taken from the unedited transcript of Dr. Peterson’s 2011 speech which he graciously shared with...

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Me, a Leader?

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in News & Updates, What's New | 0 comments

Me, a Leader? On Tuesday evening I attended a toastmasters meeting in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. I had heard about toastmaster, but that was about it. However, my girlfriend was scheduled to give a speech, and invited me along. The lead toastmaster began the session with the following quotation by John Quincy Adams for us to consider. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”After the meeting, my girlfriend and I were still thinking and talking about Adams’ words. I rather like his definition of leadership. It is customary to think of leaders as those in administrative or managerial positions whose job descriptions include formal leadership responsibilities. In fact, a few years aback while conducting a collaborative research project with colleagues who both have formal leadership titles, I struggled to include myself in that category. Me? A leader? No way! Now, I think: “Yes, way!” (As my 5 year-old daughter would say). Whether we choose to accept it or not, as we go about the business of our daily lives we have the capacity to influence others both in positive and negative ways. It doesn’t take much. For instance, as I spent the week in Tortola visiting with my dear friend, I was once again humbled by her vivacity and positive outlook even as she deals with significant life challenges. I thought to myself,” Wow, I can learn from this.” Even without her knowledge, she was inspiring me to “do more, and become more.” If we take this definition to heart, I cannot help but think that it would compel us to live more intentional lives knowing that our actions carry with them the power to lead others in paths of greatness. Several weeks ago, I sent a message to a friend letting her know the great influence she had on my life. We both attended the same church when I was a child, and I always noticed her from a distance. She was and still is a beautiful woman who carried herself with poise—more than that she was pleasant and engaging. She was surprised when I wrote her and confessed that she had no idea I thought of her this way. And yet as a young girl growing up without my mother’s presence, it was so important for me to have a role model in her and to be able to think and dream that when I grew up, I could be someone just like her. Thank you Toastmasters’ group of Tortola for reminding me that we each have the capacity to be leaders within our spheres of...

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Posted by on May 1, 2013 in News & Updates, What's New | 0 comments

Yup, we’re on Facebook.  Check us out – and don’t forget to click that “like” button! Click here to visit our Facebook page

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