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Road Trip

11/08/2013
Road Trip
Recently, I returned from a road trip with my four-year old son. We flew back to Iowa and then drove across country to San Francisco. Ever since I learned to drive, I have loved road trips. As I’ve become older, I realize that road trips can be quite existential, which is part of my attraction. This road trip, however, was unique. It contained much of the classic road trip, but was quite special since my middle son was with me, and I connected with so many people who are important in my life. The Lessons The Value of Isolation. This is changing more and more with technology; however,...

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New Existentialists

The Courage to Seek: An Awakening Journey of Being: Part Three: The Paradoxical Experience of Being—Isolation & Meaning

11/07/2013
The Courage to Seek: An Awakening Journey of Being: Part Three: The Paradoxical Experience of Being—Isolation & Meaning
Isolation vs. Relation As I began to make conscious efforts to be more present with myself and how I live my life, my heightened sense of self-awareness also led to the increased awareness of my sense of aloneness—the life anxiety that Otto Rank (cited in Yalom, 2008) warned us about. In coming to the Bay Area, I experienced first-hand, rather than just understanding the concepts intellectually, that no matter how close I am to my loved ones, I am ultimately alone—alone in my search for my identity and meaning in life. “Each man is at once a part of all other men and yet he...

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Rethinking Complexity

Leadership for Local & Global Resilience

11/06/2013
Leadership for Local & Global Resilience
Last week I attended the 15th Annual International Leadership Association Global Conference in Montreal. The conference theme was Leadership for Local and Global Resilience, recognizing the need for leaders to innovate and lead sustainable change in our local and global communities and organizations. This academic conference brought together students, faculty, consultants, coaches, and just a few organizational leaders to explore and advance new theories and approaches to leadership. There is plenty being written today about the need for leaders who can address the systemic challenges we face...

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Mind-Body Medicine

New School of MBM Instructor Deborah Wilcox Presents Poster on Building Communities of Wellness, for American Public Health Association

11/06/2013
Poster on Building Communities of Wellness

 

Dr. Deborah Wilcox recently joined the adjunct faculty of Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine.  Dr. Wilcox holds a master's degree in public administration, a master's in clinical community counseling, and a doctorate in counseling education. She has previously served as an instructor at Kent State University, the University of Dayton, Union Institute, and the University of Cincinnati, providing instruction in multi-cultural counseling, adolescent development, public health administration, and grant writing.

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Remembering Clark Moustakas (1923-2012)

11/06/2013
Remembering Clark Moustakas (1923-2012)
Of being with Clark Moustakas,  Diane Blau recalls: I enter his office filled with a keen sense of anticipation. I have been invited here, all of me. I know there is a dedicated space prepared for me, ready for whatever I bring. I sit and feel his gentle and vital presence, his soft gaze, and a leaning in, a patient waiting. There is a range of possibility open to me: an exploration of self. Then and there, whatever I say, whoever I am will be accepted and respected. For a second I feel carried away, or rather into the moment and I feel free to sit silently, to ponder, to look inward,...

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Rethinking Complexity

Systems thinking and courage

11/05/2013
Systems thinking and courage
In all the books and research papers on systems thinking that I have read, I don't think I have yet found the word courage as part of the language used. There is a lot written about systems thinking in terms of it's relevance and importance, it's theories and methodologies, but nothing about what it takes--emotionally. And I'm convinced: systems thinking not only requires skill, it also takes courage. I was invited as a keynote speaker to the 9th Brazilian Congress of Systems in Palmas, Brazil. My colleague, Raul Espejo, was the speaker who opened the conference. His...

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When Your Best Is Not Enough

11/05/2013
When Your Best Is Not Enough
One of the dictates of our day is to “do your best.” We encourage children, students, athletes, and employees to do their best. We console ourselves after a loss that we “did our best.” While “doing your best” can often be honorable and true, there are many times that doing our best is not enough, and as Winston Churchill said, “we must do what is required.” There are times when our best is not enough. There are times when we must screw our courage to the sticking point, dig our heels in, and do what is required. There is a story of a young...

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"Just the Facts?" Isn't Enough. Turns Out All Knowledge Is Qualitative

11/04/2013
"Just the Facts?" Isn't Enough.  Turns Out All Knowledge Is Qualitative
A new study out of Yale demonstrates that people frequently twist basic mathematically data to fit their pre-conceptions about issues they have strong feelings about (like gun control) … and that the more competent in mathematics the person is, the more likely they are to misunderstand the data in a way that fits their prejudice.  Get it?  The better quantitative skills you have, the more likely you are to twist quantitative data to fit your world view. This phenomenon is not a surprise to those of us in the humanities, or those in the social sciences who are not...

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What Would Jesus Do?

11/01/2013
What Would Jesus Do?
I am willing to admit that I live in a “bubble”—a liberal bubble. I live in an East Coast city and agree with most progressive political and social positions. Most of the people I associate with share similar views and opinions. It takes concentrated effort, therefore, to understand views diametrically opposed to my own. One example is people’s opposition to gay rights and gay marriage. I cheered when New Jersey recently became the fourteenth state in the U.S. to legalize gay marriage after Governor Chris Christie withdrew his administration’s legal opposition...

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Rethinking Complexity

The Other Side of Leaning In

11/01/2013
The Other Side of Leaning In
I love Cheryl Sandberg--her incredible presence, her role as adult supervisor to a difficult tech leader, her social commitment and philanthropy, her role as a parent and spouse, and her new book, Lean In. But I also felt a bit uncomfortable when I read it. I liked and shared her positive emphasis on empowering yourself, and her assumption that personal skills help you make your way at work. I teach the same skills and encourage people to use them, and I see many people who diminish themselves and do not stand up for who they are. But I was deeply challenged when I read a recent...

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