Resilience, Hidey-Holes, and NOPE

Resilience, Hidey-Holes, and NOPE

The school year is coming to a close and leaders are crawling towards the finish line, thoroughly depleted by the onslaught of end-of-year activities that comes on the heels of an impossible year of leadership.  Some will be able to get on a plane and visit...
Syndromes and Phenomena

Syndromes and Phenomena

I love what I do for a living, though it does mean a significant part of my time spent with fingers on keyboard and eyes on screen.  With my recent move to a new location, I’m still figuring out my new workspace and how to arrange it in an ergonomically correct...
Hackles

Hackles

Last week I extolled the virtues of goosebumps as a metaphor for recognizing and pursuing your purpose. This week I’d like to consider another physical sensation that can signal something important in your leadership search, or indeed in your role as a leader. or life...
Goosebumps

Goosebumps

Goosebumps are a fascinating phenomenon.  Why is it that, in moments of heightened emotion (usually excitement or stress), the hair follicles on our arms go on sentry alert?  This is a physiological remnant from our animal ancestors who, when facing a stressful...
The Wrong Way to Visit Tulips

The Wrong Way to Visit Tulips

Earlier this week I woke early with the intention of going ‘tulip sighting,’ since it’s nearly the end of April and the tulip season is therefore coming to its predictable end within days. It’s been too cold for me to make this annual pilgrimage until temperatures...
April’s Pause-abilities

April’s Pause-abilities

I took a walk around Leiden this morning, a regular practice especially helpful on days when writing is on the agenda.  As I pondered possibilities for a Sidecar Story, I paused on a bridge stretching over one of Leiden’s many canals.  Looking over the side,...