Wanted: Peaceful Warriors

When I entertain conversations about how we’re living in more dangerous times than ever before, it’s easy to let fear and uncertainty paralyze my thinking. I’ve found it more useful to ask, What can I bring to conversations that could help me see things in a new...

Her Last Day in the House

Sometimes the listening I need to tune up is my ability to hear what’s in the unsaid. There is something behind the words that is always being communicated, and the people I experience as truly listening to me get more from me than just my words. Melinda read a text...

Listening, Not Listening

What gets in the way of my ability to be a good listener?  I am taking another go at this timeless question.  I am relating to this question as an exploration, an inquiry,  a wondering, an opportunity to confess, or complete not listening, an opportunity to get to...

Is anyone listening?

During this past Tuesday’s Being a Leader reading with two of my colleagues, we read slides related to authentic listening. This sentence showed me the depths to which I am not listening: This kind of listening requires you to be authentically committed to recreating...

Claiming Our Power

Storm. From light to dark in a second. Thunder but no rain. I wonder if this is what it sounds like in Kyiv—except my only worry is if the power goes out and kills my a/c.  So no, people in Ukraine probably have a different occurring. Our questions might be similar,...
Unflappable Me

Unflappable Me

This afternoon my month and a half-old remarkable 2 tablet fell three feet onto the power button, jammed it, and rendered the machine useless. Thank God it was in its case or it could have been worse! My immediate thought was regret for where I had laid it. That was...