#46 – A Living System is a Learning System

“In biology, living and learning are synonyms, indistinguishable processes that keep life growing and moving forward. A living system is a learning system.”  – Margaret Wheatley, “Who Do We Choose to Be?” Living and learning are inextricably linked. You can’t live if you can’t learn. You can’t grow, you can’t fulfill, you can’t become, you can’tContinue reading “#46 – A Living System is a Learning System”

Who Am I Being?

“I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi Ben Zander, orchestra conductor and co-author of “The Art of Possibility,” had an epiphany about why his players weren’t producing the sound he wanted. Instead of berating them for a lack of preparation, professionalismContinue reading “Who Am I Being?”

A Living System is a Learning System

“In biology, living and learning are synonyms, indistinguishable processes that keep life growing and moving forward. A living system is a learning system.”  – Margaret Wheatley, “Who Do We Choose to Be?” Living and learning are synonymous. What is so powerful, so remarkable about this statement is its utter obviousness. Of course they are synonymous! YouContinue reading “A Living System is a Learning System”

Before Asking Others to Change

How will you change first? How must you change first? It’s a radical question because it puts the responsibility back on you. And few people, few leaders are willing to take that kind of responsibility. Or ask it this way, from The Art of Possibility , “Who am I being that my player’s (my colleague’s,Continue reading “Before Asking Others to Change”

Energy

Do not ask someone to be something you are unwilling to be yourself. Leadership is living your vision so completely that others cannot help but do the same. There are easily hundreds of things I could say about the experience my family had last night. I am only going to focus on one. Consistently inContinue reading “Energy”

Favorites

The Lost Years – James Michener For anyone, especially in the immediate post-undergraduate years, who has struggled to figure it out, this one is a must. Get inspired yourself and, by all means, share it with others. The Journey – Mary Oliver This is the poem that changed my life. If you follow your heart’s desire theContinue reading “Favorites”

Mindset Matters

“I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures…I divide the world into the learners and the nonlearners.”  Benjamin Barber As I was being introduced at a recent speaking engagement I had an “iffy” feeling in my stomach. That feeling had actually been building for the hourContinue reading “Mindset Matters”