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A Time of Review . . . A Time of Intention

December 31st, 2013

Traditionally, on the last day of each year, I  take the opportunity for reflection. What were the highlights of 2013? What did I achieve? Did I really make a difference in the life of another? Did I grow, personally and professionally? Did I live in alignment with what I say matters to me? Was I intentional? Purposeful?

Did I flourish? Did I get to the heart of what matters about my work? Did I work in a way that was meaningful to others? Did I make a contribution?

Overall, am I happy with how 2013 turned out? With my accomplishments? The risks I took? The lessons I learned?

What am I grateful for?

What are my desires for 2014? My intention? What do I want to change?  How will I get there?

Lots to ponder. This type of reflection is a great opportunity for closure of the passing year. To acknowledge the gifts and accomplishments of 2013.  And, at the same time, it generates excitement and energy for the coming year. It helps us set our intention and to take responsibility for the forthcoming year.

As 2013 comes to a close, I invite you to carve out some time to do a similar reflection. And would love to hear about your accomplishments for 2013 and your intentions for 2014. Something magical happens when we write our goals . . . whether that is the power of intention, a reprogramming of the brain, or the law of attraction . . . the research shows that we are more likely to achieve our goals when we write them down.

This process has helped me to appreciate the relationship that I have with you . . . whether that is through the eCourses or self-studies you participated in, the newsletters I have crafted for your reading pleasure, or the collaborative work we have done together. Thank you for that!

I have received a lot of positive feedback from you with regards to the online learning environment we are creating and plan to grow it in 2014. I look forward to connecting again in the new year.

Wishing you a flourishing 2014!

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Power Stress: A Leadership Reality

September 16th, 2013

While leaders often find their work stimulating and enjoy the challenges that come with the position, the work, as you know, can also be highly stressful. Clearly, the nature of the work: increased responsibility, ambiguities, pressure to achieve results by influencing others, and the loneliness inherent in leadership positions takes its toll.

As a result of these demands, leaders often experience what is known as “power stress,” a term coined by Boyatzis and McKee, which leads to physical and emotional exhaustion, if not adequately dealt with. So power stress is part of the experience that results from the exercise of influence and sense of responsibility felt in leadership positions.

We know about the impact of stress, on our health, our relationships, and on our leadership ability. The chronic stress that comes with leadership positions have been connected to a wide range of diseases and dysfunctions. It can also lead to a state of “dissonance” which we know drains the enthusiasm and energy of teams and organizations.

But, the problem is not simply power stress. It has always been a part of leadership reality. The issue is too little recovery time. While the pressure and stresses will not relent, the key is to take steps in which recovery can be achieved. Mindfulness meditation is a key in this renewal process.

We would love for you to join us in one of our forthcoming  mindfulness courses. Both start on October 5th. Click on the titles to learn more.

The Mindful Leader: Cultivating a Leadership Presence

An Introduction to Mindfulness

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