It’s Halloween in my part of the world and people are talking and tweeting about costumes, pumpkins, and assorted spooky things. Some of the most bone-chillingly scary things I’ve seen this month are job descriptions. I’ve come to think of them as Dementors. Harry Potter fans will get the reference. For the rest of you, Dementors are “dark creatures that consume human happiness, creating an … Continue reading Halloween Edition: Dementor Job Descriptions
It’s a big week for the planet. UN Climate Action Summit is happening, as is the UN SDG Summit. In alignment, 23 states in the US have dubbed September 23-30 “Climate Week”. I went to my local Climate Strike on Friday, grateful for the songs, signs, and sunglasses (because I always cry at collective action events). I watched Greta Thunberg’s moving testimony yesterday. And Maine … Continue reading Shifting Conditions and Systems Change
The first two weeks of August my family went on a camping road trip from our home in Maine to my brother-in-law’s wedding near San Diego. It was the first two week vacation I’d taken in at least five years. It won’t be that long before I do it again. Here are are a few lessons I learned (or was reminded of ) while on … Continue reading Learning from Vacation…about Work
I’m guilty. I’m guilty of abandoning my blog. I’m guilty of making a bigger deal out of blogging than is necessary. I’m guilty of distraction by shiny objects and moving stories. I’m guilty of over-thinking and under-acting, of distancing rather than diving in. I’m guilty of information gluttony and not being generous enough with sharing what I love, and learn, and discover. I’m guilty of … Continue reading I’m guilty
Have you ever felt total safety revealing your heart to strangers? No? Me either. At least not until I took what felt like a daring leap and joined a coaching circle through U.Lab. The coaching circles are groups of 4-5 people who meet weekly for 75 minutes. Each week a different person presents a case that is current, concrete and important. The case giver is … Continue reading What’s your posture?
If you follow me on Twitter, or happened to have noticed the Twitter widget down there, you may be wondering what all this #ULab business is all about. ULab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self is a MOOC offered by MITx through the edX platform. It is a course based on the work of Otto Scharmer, a senior lecturer at MIT. Scharmer’s books Theory U and … Continue reading What is this ULab you’re tweeting about?
Do you do anything special to start a new year? I usually spend the first week of every year engrossed in post-conference survey data analysis and adding my tasks to our team’s work plan. This year I only worked half time over the holidays and got to do other things. One of the things I did was unexpected and full blame credit goes to my … Continue reading New Year’s Collage
Today Facebook provided me with my year in review, saving me the trouble of reflecting on the year myself. (Ha!, nice try, Facebook!) Facebook’s look back at my year bears little resemblance to how I experienced it. Facebook missed many high points and all of the low ones. Tis the season for looking back over the year and thinking about the next one. Despite … Continue reading One Year, One Thing
It’s Fire Prevention Week so this post is in honor of my dad, a retired firefighter and fire prevention educator. Herosim is about concern for other people in need, a concern for defending a moral cause knowing there is a personal cost or risk…and you do it without expectation of reward. The quote above is by Phil Zimbardo, PhD, President and Director of Research for … Continue reading Lessons from Dad on making a difference
On my desk are two books to help improve my writing by writing fewer words, better. It takes me 1,000 words to say anything on this blog. I don’t have that kind of time and neither does anyone else. My academic training whispers about APA format, methodology, and conclusions. Hey, whisper! Blogs aren’t journal articles. Back off, you’re getting in my way! Anyway… I love … Continue reading Bringing Beauty Back