Center of the fire: Thoughts on renewal and burnout

When we as leaders burn out, we become less luminous, misaligned. Disconnected. Isolated. Separated, within and without. The flip-side? The natural rhythms of our energy know how to dance with the fire. We can learn to reconnect, reunite, and create a map into renewal. We can learn to manage our energy fully and completely, like top athletes. We can practice the art of receiving. We can open our hearts to self compassion. The world has a harsh need to shape us to its liking. But this is your life, your energy, your unique rhythm in the world. You can reconnect over and over to the center of your fire so that you be, in Rilke’s words, “ever again the wave sweeping through all things.” 

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Networking: Opening space for relationship.

What exactly is networking, what do we do, how do we behave? Something at the core of real networking connects us to our shared humanity. Networking is perhaps nothing more but the quiet, contemplative art of crafting with others a web that holds the luminescence of empty space and nurtures the health of relationship. Networking in spaciousness is never about me and always about we. We belong. I don’t need anything in the circle of this net. We help each other. 

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The myth of confidence

The entire article was published on April 25, 2018 in Conscious Company Media magazine.  I was pleased to write for them. 


Entrepreneurs are a confident bunch. Research shows that 4 out of 5 new businesses give themselves a 70 percent chance of success when starting up. The reality is that only a third are still in business 10 years later.

“Confidence is a belief about one’s capabilities,” says Don Moore, a professor of organizational behavior at the University of California, Berkeley. “Overconfidence is a discrepancy between this belief and reality, an excessive faith that is not backed by facts. When you hold on too adamantly to incorrect beliefs, it is easy to get in trouble.”

Fortunately, we can learn to access the right amount of confidence. Here are six ways to cultivate the perfect balance.

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Loneliness and leadership - from aloneness to community

Our loneliness has long served as a message that we need community to thrive. Belonging is who we have become. To feel the warmth of bonding and the rhythm of our heart is to be human. We cannot ever solve loneliness by turning to external validation, though. We cannot belong from a place of lack. We cannot belong without true kindness. The big paradox then: To feel less lonely, we actually, first of all, need to hang out a little more with ourselves: Alone. And from the space of all-oneness, kind with ourselves, we can create community. 

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