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#52 Becoming Our Own Innovation Project | Fran Cherny

#52 Becoming Our Own Innovation Project | Fran Cherny

January 25, 2022

What if life was a place full of possibilities for us to get better at the things that we care about? Instead of a place where we need to prove that we’re great and perfect?” – Fran Cherny

If we expect ourselves to master new skills easily and in short time, we’re setting ourselves up for disappointment and very likely a resistance to future change efforts. To give ourselves the best chance for growth and development, it’s important that we align our efforts with our values.

Also important and often overlooked, we need to find joy in the journey.

Fran Cherny elaborates on this concept in a humble, passionate and compassionate way in his book, Be the Change: The Art of Becoming Our Own Innovation Project. Fran situates this book as "an invitation to learn how to learn: something to help us constantly seek the best version of ourselves".

What I enjoy about viewing myself as “an innovation project” is the idea of experimentation. I can approach any change in dynamic ways that make sense to me while caring for myself along the way. It's a welcome contrast to how-to hacks with 'five easy steps'.

A playful, iterative approach to progress

[20:00] “Once we give feedback to each other…the person is not going to be perfect tomorrow. And the moment we treat them in a way that … they're experimenting, they're trying, they're evolving, they're they're progressing, interaction after interaction, we’re creating a world where it's easier for people to change and to evolve.”
[21:10] “Let's share what we saw someone doing better than the previous time and then getting positive feedback from the session. That’s connected to growth mindset.”

Initiating change? Include gratitude

[45:20] “Transformational change can come from a place of appreciation and gratitude for who we are right now, for what already happened to make us who we are.”
[47:00] “I was not used to doing things from a place of gratitude … I was coming from a place of what needs to be fixed. And that created a lot of tension for me, for people around me and for the people I lead.”

Resources
To purchase Fran's book and to learn more about his approach to leadership, please visit: Francherney.com
Fran Cherny on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/francherny/
Fran Cherny twitter: https://twitter.com/francherny
Fran Cherny on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Fran-Cherny-106803110751503/about/?ref=page_internal
Immunity to Change: https://www.gse.harvard.edu/hgse100/story/changing-better
Axialent: https://axialent.com/
Be the Change Spotify Playlist (Libro): https://open.spotify.com/playlist/139T2Gc92soP1j21gTqBnH?si=vVAzKjrZQQSqX_cHC8iA3g
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#51 Focus 2022: From Surviving to Thriving with 3VQ

#51 Focus 2022: From Surviving to Thriving with 3VQ

January 11, 2022

“When we focus on outcomes and take creative steps to go after that, we solve problems in service to those. It’s not that the Outcome Orientation is all goodness and light and problem free, but that we can tackle the problems that stand in the way of we really want and really care about.” – David Emerald Womeldorff

A 2022 Mindset Goal: An Outcome Orientation

As we dive into a new year, David Emerald Womeldorff’s discussion of problem mindset versus outcome mindset and the 3 Vital Questions is more relevant than ever. It’s why I’ve recapped this popular episode from 2020, especially as we prepare to tackle fresh challenges.

David discusses how all leadership begins with self-leadership, and how our mindset paves the way to a desired path. When we approach situations with a problem orientation, it drives anxious, reactive behavior and causes drama. In contrast, an outcome orientation keeps us focused on our passion: what we want to create and what’s supporting and aligning with our desired outcome.

As the author of The Power of TED and 3 Vital Questions: Transforming Workplace Drama, David makes complex topics easier to understand through his story-telling superpower.

Revisiting this conversation reminds me of the power of resilience in the face of organizational challenges and refreshes me as I plan my 2022.

Be the Victor, Not the Victim

[24:36] “There are two major components to our stepping into and developing our capability as creators. One is to create outcomes. The second is that we as Creators own our capacity to choose our response to whatever is going on in our lives."

Create and Generate

[33:32] “What actions are you taking? Are you merely reacting to the problems of the moment, or are you taking creative and generative action, including the solving of problems in service to outcomes?”

[35:03] “The three basic steps of dynamic tension are first and foremost, focus on the outcome and to be as clear as we can on the outcome, that the outcome can sometimes be clear and concrete – other times it may be more vague and directional.”
 

Resources mentioned in this episode:
3 Vital Questions website:
https://bit.ly/2Nsz927
The Power of TED: The Empowerment Dynamic:
https://bit.ly/3sM9eCE
3 Vital Questions:Transforming Workplace Drama
David Emerald
Donna Zajonc
Stephen Karpman's Drama Triangle
Bob Anderson's episode on Rise Leaders Radio
The Leadership Circle Profile
Robert Fritz:  Structural Tension
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#50 The Power of Awe, Art & Observation:  Practicing Wonder

#50 The Power of Awe, Art & Observation: Practicing Wonder

December 14, 2021

“’Do Something New’ is about having the courage to take a moment and celebrate it. And finding a way … to move beyond simply seeing and looking to deep observation, or deep listening. It’s about going further than I normally would.” – Bonnie Pitman

The power of observation: Transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary

We get stuck and can't see new possibilities. We interact with the same people, face similar situations and respond predictably. If we want to avoid the insanity of doing things the same way and expecting different results we have to change our perspective.

Pausing, being more intentional, and deepening how we see people, places and things can transform the trajectory of our relationship with them.

 

Bonnie Pitman's chronic illness and unending days in medical facilities was the catalyst for a novel approach to living, which she calls “Do Something New.”

Her experience with physicians and medical staff revealed their often transactional and shallow understanding of her as a human being. She now teaches medical students The Power of Observation and uses art as the medium.

As the former Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, it was natural that she draw from her background in art and passion for education in developing these practices. It’s about “stopping the rush” and “celebrating the beauty of things” to experience joy every day.

I’m revisiting this conversation as we wrap up the year, and I hope you’ll harness the power of Do Something New as well as her Power of Observation Framework for your own recalibration and rejuvenation. Make these frameworks a habit and you will experience more wonder in your life.

The role of awe

[39:47] “Awe may help stop us from ruminating on our problems and daily stressors. Instead, awe seems to pull us out of ourselves and make us feel immersed in our surroundings and the larger world, which may also help explain its tendency to inspire generosity and a sense of connection with others.”

Applying observation and awe to leadership

[31:00] “Look without judgment, so that it's taking the critical eye and the analysis off of it and just let yourself play around with it and be with whatever the issue is, whatever it is that you're contemplating – whether it's a piece of art or a business issue.”

[31:30] “It's another equivalent to a brainstorming session…Let's just take a specific thing that we're focusing on as a problem and go through these steps. You can move the group from this generalizing the problem, down to coming up with new solutions.”

Do Something New

Take a few minutes of an ordinary day and make it extraordinary through:

  1. Visiting new places

  2. Meeting new people

  3. Having new experiences

  4. Planing new experiences with old friends in new ways

  5. New big things & new little things

  6. Even new flavors of ice cream are ok!

  7. Go outside of work or medical experiences

  8. Starting with a new experience each day - don't carry forward from yesterday

 

Follow Bonnie Doing Something New on Instagram.

 

The Power of Observation Framework™ takes us from first look, to increasing focus, new connections and transformational insights. You may recognize these as ah-ha! moment!

Download the full Power of Observation Framework https://rise-leaders.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Power-of-Observation_BPitman.pdf

 

Follow Bonnie Pitman on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bonniepitman/

The Dallas Museum of Art: www.dma.org

 

Engage with me on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leeannmallory/

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#49 You‘ve Defined Your Values:  Have You Operationalized Them?

#49 You‘ve Defined Your Values: Have You Operationalized Them?

November 23, 2021

Don’t tell me what you value; show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.” –Joe Biden

Put your values into action

A lot of energy goes into defining an organization's Vision, Mission and Values. It's an exciting time and an inspiring exercise. Usually, steps are taken to put this Core Ideology into action but it often remains separate from the hard core center of the business. It doesn't have to be that way. MaryBeth Hyland dedicates the second half of her book, "Permission to be Human: The Conscious Leader's Guide to Creating a Values-Driven Culture" to this topic.

During our previous conversation (Episode 48), MaryBeth and I discussed wellbeing and mental health in the workplace. Today, we focus on integrating values into cultural norms and operations, top to bottom.

Put simply, MaryBeth shares how to “walk the talk.” She shows how to catapult your values into action throughout your organization – and explains the consequences of failing to do so. Operationalizing your values is the pivotal next step for seeing your values leap off the conference room posters to make a tangible impact.

Be clear about expectations concerning values when hiring

[08:09] “You need to have your values as a part of your process for hiring. Because it is not fair, it is not kind to hire somebody without clear expectations of how they're going to be showing up every day.

Your values guide your actions

[08:28] “Your vision is your ‘why’ and your mission is what your values are - your ‘how.’ If you have clearly stated values of how you're going to go about accomplishing your ‘what’ and your ‘why,’ but you don't hold anyone accountable to them, then you're basically telling people, they don't matter, and they're not real.”

Tracking alignment to your values

[16:28] “You can look at a budget, let's say, for an organization overall, and start connecting line items to values. You could say, ‘Oh, wow, 70% of our budget is skewed towards 'excellence', whereas we really need to beef up our areas of 'people first'."

[16:51] “And that's the same for our schedules – being able to color-code your schedule based on the values you're activating. When you visually look at your time, you can see, 'how much am I really investing in these values that I'm here to embody? And how can I start to balance those out?'”

[15:20] “If you really want change, and depth and width in what you're trying to create with operationalizing your values, you need to invest in them financially as well.”

Connect with MaryBeth Hyland on LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/marybethhyland

Get support as an organization or individual at https://sparkvisionnow.com 

"Permission to Be Human: The Conscious Leader's Guide to Creating a Values-Driven Culture"
https://www.amazon.com/Permission-Be-Human-Conscious-Values-Driven-ebook/dp/B0965XWV49

Rise Leaders Radio Episode 45: 7 Elements of a Winning Culture www.rise-leaders.com/podcast

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#48 Permission to Be Human:  Caring Deeply About People  & Their Wellbeing at Work

#48 Permission to Be Human: Caring Deeply About People & Their Wellbeing at Work

November 9, 2021

“This book is a love letter to any fellow humans who have felt like they were the underdogs for deeply caring about people and their wellbeing at work.” – MaryBeth Hyland, Permission to Be Human: A Conscious Leader’s Guide to Creating a Values-Driven Culture

Wellbeing at work

Just as we go to a doctor if we break an arm, we should treat ourselves with the same level of respect when it comes to our mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing – even at work. While we might not think of spirituality at work, I put it in the domain of wisdom and purpose, vision or values – important guiding pillars for showing up as your best self. It all plays a role.

This is the groundwork for my conversation with MaryBeth Hyland. She’s the founder of SparkVision, a firm committed to creating environments where people thrive. Especially in the past year and a half, our mental health may have taken a hit – and it’s important to recognize it’s likely the same with those we interact with each day.

From our discussion, you’ll learn:
- What’s included in the term “wellbeing”?
- How do you approach someone if you notice they’re having difficulty with their mental health?
- How do you address the fact you were hurt by someone who's in a tough place mentally?

Invest in your relationships at work

[10:43] “So much of it has to do with your relationship … It's a short- and long-term relationship that involves a lot of investments in each other to feel like it's coming from a place of caring and wanting to help people in their wellbeing instead of maybe wanting to call them out, or stigmatize, or make them feel like something's even more wrong.”
[15:48] “The more you're willing to share of yourself, the more willing other people are to share.”

Establishing boundaries

[20:05] “There's a big misconception with boundaries that boundaries are about controlling other people. But boundaries are actually about creating an environment that’s good for you, that's going to take care of your wellbeing.”

Taking ownership for your part

[24:30] “To truly be sorry, you have to be willing to sit with what the other person experienced and hold space for that just like they did for you, when you were on the other side of it.”

 

Connect with Mary Beth Hyland on LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/marybethhyland/

Learn More about Spark Vision:

https://www.sparkvisionnow.com/

Work Life with Adam Grant https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-allow-sad-days-not-just-sick-days/id1346314086?i=1000530163973

Be Well Lead Well Pulse  www.bewellleadwellpulse.com

WellBeing at Work, from Gallup:

https://www.gallup.com/workplace/336935/wellbeing-at-work.aspx

 

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#47 Shaken & Stirred | Calming a Frayed Nervous System

#47 Shaken & Stirred | Calming a Frayed Nervous System

October 26, 2021

We will all grapple with trauma in some form. If you haven’t experienced it yet personally, then as a leader, mentor, friend, or loved one, you’ll be with someone who has.

Drawing from my own recent experience, I want to share what I’ve learned from an event that rattled my nervous system. We'll all get shaken by life, and whether it’s a heated argument, natural disaster, or a dog attack (like mine), it’s important to work through that experience so that unprocessed trauma doesn't get lodged in our system, only to make a surprise appearance when we least expect or want it. Not coping with trauma can have significant consequences.

I'm sharing my own response to a recent experience. I’m not a trauma therapist or coach. I took on a few practices to move past a jarring event and as of now, they seem to be working. I do give coaching clients contemplative, grounding and journalizing practices like the ones I describe in this episode. I hope it helps you like it has for me.

If you or someone you know have experience trauma, please reach out to a professional.

Here are a few of my insights:

Help often appears where you’re not looking

During the attack, I thought I was powerless and alone. I looked in one direction for help but it came from another. We all have our blind spots, assumptions and ways of seeing reality. We often need others to help us past our limitations. I was not alone.

Trust in Others Who Care About You

It takes time for the fight-or-flight chemicals to leave our bodies.  Until then we may function 'just fine'.  Yet our decision-making post trauma is compromised because our nervous system takes a while to settle.  Having someone in your corner that sees reality more clearly and who is willing be straight with you is priceless. And you have to be open to listening.

Make time to recuperate and reflect

Take the time you need to heal and process the event. It’s likely you won't be on your game, so go light on work or take a complete break in order to give yourself the space to recover. While I didn't take days completely off, I went easy enough on myself to get my energy back and clear my head. Bodywork therapies like NetworkSpinal and Polarity Therapy helped me immensely, and journaling has been incredible as well.  Breathwork, mindfulness and movement were also part of my healing.  I also spent the evenings with a good novel!  

For further exploration:
Network Spinal – search for a practitioner near you
Polarity Therapy:  https://polaritytherapy.org/
Calm breath exercise – extended exhale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNXKjGFUlMs&t=5s
Calm breath exercise – bubble/box breathing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxayUBd6T7M
Third-person journaling https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/dg/#:~:text=In%20the%20case%20of%20third,referring%20to%20ourselves%20by%20name.
Telling Your Story May Be Good for Your Health https://h-i-v.net/spotlight/mental-health-month-2021

 
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#46:  For Good + For Profit:  A Social Entrepreneur‘s Imperative

#46: For Good + For Profit: A Social Entrepreneur‘s Imperative

October 12, 2021

We want to inspire a change in the social currency to be not one of status or prestige, but one around what it is that we're doing for others…we think a lot can happen from making small everyday changes or actions.” – Cory Ames, CEO of Grow Ensemble

Using Business as a Force for Good

 

Inspiring and generous. When I think of my interactions with CEO of Grow Ensemble Cory Ames, he embodies these descriptors with passion and authenticity. He is an exemplar of his goal to make sustainable business and sustainable living the norm.

Prior to Growth Ensemble, at only 22, Cory was the CEO of a digital marketing agency. Next, he began consulting on all things digital marketing and SEO with the aim of using his skills for doing good. Now, as host of The Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Podcast, he’s gleaned immeasurable wisdom from leaders in the social impact space. Such experience lends to his credibility and thoughtful dialogue.

Drawing from roughly 180 interviews with these important players and his career, Cory takes us through:

  • The distinction between social entrepreneurship versus Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and examples of brands in both domains
  • What’s different about launching a company focused on doing good, plus helpful advice for those entering the space
  • How he views his role as a leader, his personal philosophy and the impact he wishes to make

    And more to inspire you ...

Social Entrepreneurship vs. CSR

[08:08] “[Social entrepreneurs’] object and aim is to make some sort of meaningful impact, or some sort of meaningful change. So their business exists to ideally influence something environmental, or social…in contrast, Corporate Social Responsibility is an extension or the arm of a current business model.”

Collaborate, Rather Than Compete, for the Common Good

[27:49] “If you're in the space of wanting to use your business as a force for good to leave the world a better place, if someone else has a business whose objective is the same way, you're tackling the same goal; you're on the same team. So collaboration is a much more important priority than competition is in this space of sustainable business.”

Leadership in a Sustainable Business

[31:50] “I don't have all the answers, and I want to remain very curious and open to asking questions. That’s an expectation I want to set with anyone I work with - I'm more than okay being wrong and corrected and provided with the right information…it’s for the betterment of what we're doing, and, ultimately my betterment of understanding the world that we live in.”
 
For further exploration:
Guest links
Cory Ames https://coryames.com/
Grow Ensemble https://growensemble.com/
Grow Ensemble Newsletter https://growensemble.com/newsletter/
Grow Ensemble Podcast https://growensemble.com/podcast/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amescory/
To join Grow Ensemble's community for social impact, visit: https://growensemble.com/membership

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#45: 7 Elements of a Winning Culture: Foosball isn‘t one of them

#45: 7 Elements of a Winning Culture: Foosball isn‘t one of them

September 28, 2021

“There’s 10.1 million positions open [in the post-COVID workforce], there is this great resignation, a great reconsideration: What am I doing? Do I feel attached to my company? Do I feel like I have purpose?” – Mike Sullivan, CEO of the LOOMIS Agency

The 7 Elements of Great Culture
The pandemic changed the landscape of the working world as we know it. Team members’ priorities have shifted into focus, and in much of the workforce, there has been a mass exodus as they search for companies that align with their purpose or values.

One element that can provide stability and longevity against this backdrop of rapid change is culture. As the CEO of The LOOMIS Agency, Mike Sullivan knows this firshand. Culture is a hallmark of strength in an organization that team members overwhelmingly respond well to. The proof is in the pudding: LOOMIS retained all team members during and after the pandemic.

My previous discussion with Mike Sullivan established why a strong culture matters. Now we’re delving into what it looks like with his 7 elements of a great culture, pulled from his and Michael Tuggle’s book, The Voice of the Underdog: How Challenger Brands Achieve Success through Culture.

Culture Starts with Safety
[05:23] “Until people feel like they are safe, and they can bring their full selves to their employment situation, they're not going to be as concerned about tapping into a purpose at work, for example, which is the second [element of culture] – what is it that I'm here to do?”

Don’t forget clients also attract (or detract from) security:

[17:53] “One of the things that I focus on is, again, the kind of clients that you bring into an organization. What I was trying to do when I built my culture was create stability, first and foremost. So if a situation is stable, if your work environment is stable, now you feel safer, now you feel more connected, now you feel like you belong.”

Connection is Founded on Communication
[07:20] “Communication is leadership … if you’ll slow it down, and let folks know, ‘I don't have all the answers. Nobody seems to have all the answers. But give me your feedback, help me set our policy.’ And inviting them into that discussion, I think is really powerful.”

Creativity Changes the Game
[15:56] “There is no problem that can't be solved with creativity. But all the other things need to be in place to be on top of your game from a creative standpoint. You really do need to feel like you belong, you have a sense of purpose like, ‘This is going in the right direction. I feel good about the people I work with – now I’m able to bring my full self.’ And that's when creativity catches fire.”

For further exploration:
 
Mike Sullivan:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikesullivanatloomis/
The LOOMIS Agency: https://theloomisagency.com
The Voice of the Underdog: How Challenger Brands Create Distinction by thinking Culture First https://theloomisagency.com/challengerbook
https://theloomisagency.com/blog/getting-company-culture-right-post-covid/
The Voice of the Underdog Podcast:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-voice-of-the-underdog/id1567247656
HOW THE PANDEMIC NOW ENDS:
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/08/delta-has-changed-pandemic-endgame/619726/

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#44 Want a Winning Brand? Build a Winning Culture with Mike Sullivan

#44 Want a Winning Brand? Build a Winning Culture with Mike Sullivan

September 14, 2021

“Ultimately, I decided I just wanted to create the kind of place that people want to work on Monday morning - they want to come, there’s no Sunday night dread. And again, it doesn't mean that it's perfect. But what it does mean is that we're focused on the right things.” - Mike Sullivan, CEO of The LOOMIS Agency

 

A Strong Culture is a Competitive Advantage

Mike Sullivan speaks with experience and authority. As CEO of the LOOMIS agency, he and his team have made it their mission to help challenger brands win more market share. And he has observed that no matter how great the branding is, if the culture stinks, the company will struggle.

LOOMIS boasts half the turnover rate of other agencies. They themselves are a challenger brand that continues to crack the culture nut with multiple, year-over-year wins as a Best Place to Work. And as a result, they produce award-winning creative.

But what is a challenger brand, and why is culture so important? I sit down with Mike and we discuss challenging the status quo, how culture and brand are inextricably linked, and how he and his team keep culture alive at LOOMIS. We also discuss brands that have successfully nurtured culture by including it in their purpose, values, and leadership competencies.

What is a Challenger Brand?

“Really challenger brands are those that are certainly challenged from a resource standpoint, but they're also oriented towards disruption. They’re oriented towards shaking up the marketplace, changing the rules, in a way that favors them… People within an organization need to think of and understand themselves as challengers.“

Clients Impact Culture, Too

[11:30] “Culture is going to reflect in large part by the company that you keep. If you’ve got difficult, challenging, unreasonable clients, then that’s going to infect your culture. It’s what you tolerate.…

[12:30] "What I always look for is the way they [potential clients] treat [our] people and the way they treat their people - how they interact, how they engage.”

Company Culture - Build an Extended Family

[15:33] “The number-one word people use to describe rich, rewarding, and supportive cultures is family…they do become sort of an extension of your family…
[15:14] “And I always think about that, you know, are these the kind of people that I want to put in relationship with our [team], because I think the world of our folks…who do you want to bring into your family, so to speak?”

For further exploration:
 
Mike Sullivan:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikesullivanatloomis/
The LOOMIS Agency: https://theloomisagency.com
The Voice of the Underdog: How Challenger Brands Create Distinction by thinking Culture First https://theloomisagency.com/challengerbook
https://theloomisagency.com/getting-company-culture-right-post-covid

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#43 Pay Attention, Stay Curious:  ”Hokusai Says”

#43 Pay Attention, Stay Curious: ”Hokusai Says”

August 31, 2021

 

He says look forward to getting old.

He says keep changing, 

you just get more who you really are.

- Roger S. Keyes, Hokusai Says

 

Podcast art:  The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai

The Art is the First Iteration. We take it from there.

The poet reminds us that art is a product of inspiration and interpretation. The artist initiates us with their work and then it's up to us to add our own meaning. 

Hokusai rolls first by offering his art - the most well known is his beautiful woodblock series, Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji. Roger S. Keyes, an art-historian and poet picks up the dice and rolls again by offering an interpretation of Hokusai's work. What it meant to him. I must say I like the meaning he made of the great Japanese artist's paintings.

How does Poetry Inspire Action?

Listen as I read and notice what happens with you. Taking the poem in, I want to slow down. I want to pay more attention to my surroundings and to appreciate them. And to appreciate the individual and collective trajectory of our human and non-human lives.

I want to visit a museum and wonder about a piece of art or sculpture. What is the artist saying through their work?

Being impressed and then motivated to new action is a final phase of reading poetry. You can find the Guide to Reading Poetry, along with a copy of this poem. In Episode 18, I interview a colleague who reads David Whyte's Start Close In and we discuss ways to take in poetry.

What's the link between Poetry and Leadership?

I have opinions about how reading poetry elevates our leadership and our lives. I think it deepens our experience. If we use the poem as a practice for taking on another person's perspective like Keyes did, we can increase our empathy and ability to deal with paradox, complexity and conflict.

We can read poetry to build the muscles of our imagination, which can lead to creativity and innovation - highly sought after elements of our work and lives.

A Guide for Reading Poetry:
https://mailchi.mp/rise-leaders.com/a-guide-for-reading-poetry

Episode 18:
Using Poetry to Expand Perspective
https://rise-leaders.com/podcast?ppplayer=2166354b3000fc311ad1272907939efb&ppepisode=d0ab05a8823e580f4b6d08ccede05d34

Great Wave off Kanagawa, a painting from Hokusai:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Great_Wave_off_Kanagawa_restored.jpg

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