At the end of 2017 I set an aspiration to explore how I might be of the most service to the world in my short lifetime. This aspiration led me to becoming a Novice Monk in the Plum Village tradition of Zen Master, peace activist, and poet Thich Nhat Hanh for 3 months in 2018.
I’ve since have been back to the ‘real world’ for ~2 months now, and it hasn’t been easy being back. I attempted to write about my experience immediately after leaving the monastery, but struggled to find the right words. Daily I am still processing, and…
At the end of 2017, I set my intentions for 2018 from a Zen monastery.
My 3 intentions set, and refined over the course of the first half of 2018 are:
“Where attention goes, energy flows” — James Redfield
Much of 2018 has been exactly the above quote, living my aspirations into…
2017 was year of much intensity and change: I led a project to transform an entire industry, coached people to create meaningful lives most weeknights, and broke up with someone I dearly love.
Amidst all that activity, especially the pain of heartbreak, this spoke to me:
“Onto a Vast Plain”
by Rainer Maria Rilke
[…] Summer was like your house: you know
where each thing stood.
Now you must go out into your heart
as onto a vast plain. Now
the immense loneliness begins.
The days go numb, the wind
sucks the world from your senses like withered leaves.
The theme for the third week of LeadWise Academy: Practical Self-Management Intensive was Autonomy and Deliberate Development.
I found the concepts and practices shared deeply profound, and took significantly longer to review and process. Below is my synthesis and what I’m taking away from it, which is really just scratching the surface.
You’ve probably heard this ad nauseum- we live in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world.
In such a world, the challenges we face are increasingly adaptive- they are complex and the solution is almost always unclear at the onset. Unlike technical challenges, we can no…
The theme for the second week of LeadWise Academy: Practical Self-Management Intensive was Relatedness, the universal want to interact, be connected to, and experience caring others.
Almost immediately, this raised a question that I think most of us take for granted, or at least I do: What does it really mean to be in relationship?
Dictionary.com gives a simple, yet deeply profound definition:
Relationship: The way in which two or more people or things are connected, or the state of being connected.
My journey in the LeadWise Academy: Practical Self-Management Intensive started last week. After missing the first run, nearly pulling out of the current one, I’m really glad I stayed on.
The seeds of my interest in self-management started 2 years ago when I was part of the pioneering cohort of U.lab: Leading From the Emerging Future, a MOOC which explored Theory U, an approach to sensing and actualising the emerging future (new systems, organisations, people that cannot be replicated from past ‘best practices’). What I took away we all have agency, the capacity to act and to even create the…
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