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Build Adaptive Capacity
I have always been a bit skeptical about paths that promise personal transformation.  I’m not sure why.  Maybe I followed the promise one too many times—or one too few—and was disappointed.  Maybe it is because my family pattern grew out of Protestant Puritanism, where my individual, subjective state wasn’t considered all that interesting.
Build Adaptive Capacity
Mindfulness is a topic today that many people are talking about. I am not an expert in mindfulness. In fact, I am only recently beginning to build a practice of mindfulness.
Lead in Complexity
Engineers know a lot about pressure:  Boyle’s Law, pounds per square inch, and cold fronts that bring thunderstorms in the summer.  You know about pressure, too:  Deadlines, politics, demands, more with less, and forward farther and faster.
Build Adaptive Capacity
Mary Nations, shares a church service she recently helped to design and deliver as they explored the impact of difference and bias. It’s a powerful study of courage in the face of fear and how narratives—spoken, sung, and read—can share the lessons we must learn from the history that’s described in her homily.
You have an important story to tell. Whatever it is, your story is unique to you, and it is your opportunity to share who you are, what you do, and the place you stand in the world. You depend on your story to draw clients and customers to your business; to engage people in your interests; and to call them to action.
Last week, a long-time friend and client shared her frustration with me. “My team is running round in circles.  We think we make progress, then something happens, and we have to start again. Too many things are all changing at the same time. We are working harder than ever, but it seems like we aren’t making any progress. I don’t know how long we can keep it up.”
Collaborate to Create Community
In today’s hurry-up, busy world, how can you be sure you connect with others in your life? In the diversity of your day-to-day experience, how can you listen deeply to those around you to build understanding across differences? How do you interact with those you care the most about to be sure you hear and understand what they communicate?
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