“Hope” is the thing with feathers– That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops – at all—
Is there anything more lovely than hearing birds sing in the morning? No matter how nightmarish the night, the sound of birds singing in the morning is often all one needs to turn things around and make the terrors of the night seem a waste of time.
A task of leadership is to be the voice of hope and speak to the innate human desire to improve life.
You’ve seen a herd of goats going down to the water
The lame and dreamy goat brings up the rear
There are worried faces about that one, but now they are laughing,
because, look, as they are return, that goat is leading! There are many different kinds of knowing.
The lame goat’s kind is a branch that traces back to the root of presence.
Learn from the lame goat, and lead the herd home.
As a tall white male, you might think I would have no problem speaking up in large groups. But sometimes I do. When I am a participant, I can be very introverted and won’t say a thing in many large groups.
For any number of reasons, people won’t speak up in large groups.
If we want a different future, one thing we need to do is bring those on the margin into the center. We need to hear from them and allow them to bring their strengths and gifts to the group. “There are many different kinds of knowing.”
Otherwise, we will get more of the same. More of the same people dominating the conversation. More of the same people’s ideas. More of the same loud voices. Continue Reading »
When someone deeply listens to you it is like holding out a dented cup you’ve had since childhood and watching it fill up with cold, fresh water. When it balances on top of the brim, you are understood. When it overflows and touches your skin, you are loved.
When someone deeply listens to you the room where you stay starts a new life and the place where you wrote your first poem begins to glow in your mind’s eye. It is as if gold has been discovered!
When someone deeply listens to you your bare feet are on the earth and a beloved land that seemed distant is now at home within you.
“We need a moratorium on advice.”
On Monday and Wednesday last week, as part of the New Mexico Municipal League’s Municipal Officials Leadership Institute (MOLI), I had the pleasure of facilitating leadership training for 10 mayors and council members.
The basic details of the activity are that participants gather in small groups of 4-5 people per team. A case giver presents a leadership situation that is current, concrete, important, one happens to be a key player, can be presented in 10 minutes and could make a big difference moving forward. The rest of the group engages in generative dialogue and solution brainstorming. Continue Reading »