The Art of Illumination: Finding Meaning and Self-Expression Through Light and Shadows
Imagine for a moment that you had to pick one thing of significant meaning to get permanently tattooed on your body; what would it be? Some of you reading this message already have tattoos on your body that carry significant meaning. I have a few myself, but it is the upcoming one I want to tell you about.
There is an incredible artist that creates these ornately designed boxes that are displayed in a few museums around the world. They hang from the ceiling, perfectly balanced, above the floor …
Who's in the Empty Chair? Understanding All Stakeholders in Decision-Making
In the shifting landscape of business, making decisions that effectively balance the interests of various stakeholders is a critical skill. Every decision, from launching a new product to restructuring an organization, affects a wide range of stakeholders. Therefore, it is crucial to understand who they are, what they need, and how your decisions might impact them. This brings us to an interesting concept - "Who is represented by the empty chair?"
The empty chair concept is a simple yet powerfu…
The Courage to Say No: Embracing Essentialism
Finding the courage to say no to what's nonessential gives you the freedom to say yes to a world of things that are
In our fast-paced, hyper-connected world, the ability to say 'no' is becoming an increasingly valuable skill. Amid the constant barrage of opportunities, tasks, and distractions, we need to focus on what truly matters. This echoes the core tenet of Greg McKeown's book 'Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less,' where he advocates for the deliberate prioritization of the essen…
Level Up Your Leadership Presence
Are you ready to take your leadership skills to the next level? It all starts with developing your leadership presence. But what exactly is it? Simply put, it's how others experience you as a leader. It's your ability to project confidence, credibility, and authority. While some people seem to be born with a natural charismatic presence, leadership presence is a skill that can be learned and developed over time.
So, how can you level up your leadership presence? Here are some tips to help you g…
Unlocking the Power of Purpose: A Journey Beyond Self
What if the key to uncovering your purpose lay not within you but in the world around you? How would this perspective shift affect your understanding of your life's calling? As it turns out, when our purpose is about others, it can become a powerful source of fulfillment and personal growth.
Consider someone who expresses their purpose as "I aim to become the best ______ in the world." While striving to be the best – be it as a painter, business leader, or pastry chef is admirable, harnessing t…
The Power of Artful Connection: Expressing What It Means to Be Alive
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." – Edgar Degas
I recently did a Google search on the subject line of "life is…" Would you like to know what I came up with? I found a series of quotes. Here are a few. "Life is a game. Life is a journey. Life is a long lesson in humility. Life is jazz and works best when you improvise." My personal take on the subject is that "life is art," and the part that intrigues me the most is what I call "artful connection."
In a world where confor…
An Inspired Poem: Climbing the Right Mountain
Climbing the right mountain, a journey of the soul
An adventure that beckons, to reach a new goal
A quest for meaning, a path to be found
To climb the right mountain, and stand on sacred ground
The path is winding, and the climb is steep
Challenging at times, with obstacles to defeat
But with every step, a new strength is gained
And the spirit is lifted, to ascend and remain
The view from the top, a reward beyond compare
A vista of wonder, a vision so rare
A glimpse of heaven, in this …
How to Get Clear About What You Want and Ask for It with Confidence
"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." – Franklin D. Roosevelt
As a rising leader, it's crucial to have clarity on what you want and know how to ask for it. Whether you're looking for a promotion, more responsibility, or a better work-life balance, being clear about your goals and needs is the first step toward achieving them. Here are some tips to help you get clear and confident about what you want and how to ask for it.
Reflect on your goals and values:…
Cultivating Strategic Thinking for Long-Term Success
“Strategic thinking is the compass that guides leaders to navigate the uncharted waters of opportunity and challenges.”
Rising leaders need to develop a wide range of skills to be effective, especially strategic thinking. But what is strategic thinking? Basically, it is the ability to see the big picture and develop long-term plans that consider potential challenges and opportunities. So let’s explore how rising leaders can become strategic thinkers by asking the right questions, exploring new …
Discovering Inspiration: The Power of Observation in Art and Museums
"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." – Thomas Merton
Inspiration is a powerful force that drives creativity and innovation. As you might expect, it can come from many places, but open-minded observation is one of the most accessible and effective ways to find inspiration. Observing the world around us with curiosity and wonder, we can discover new ideas, insights, and perspectives that can fuel our creative pursuits. How do I like to flex my observation muscle…