Living and Dying as a Sage

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Iowa lost one of our pillars recently with the death of Joy Corning, former Lt. Governor of Iowa.  Since Joy knew she had a terminal illness, she embraced her life and her mortality.  Joy recognized that dying was a part of living.  For example, Joy started giving away her special possessions to her three daughters and friends and sharing stories about the …

How To Lead Like A Sage (at a younger age)

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People who regularly read my blog know that I am passionate about sage-ing or positive aging.  After writing my book Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts,  I started to weave these concepts into leadership development since the most important person to lead is yourself.  One of my main conclusions in my book is that “it is hard to be …

Courage is a Skill to Practice NOW

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Now is the time to practice courage.  In these uncertain times, courage is an important leadership skill to practice.  And just as any other skill, practice enhances most skills and usually makes them stronger.  Courage is a skill we need to be practicing professionally and personally in order to do the right things. What is courage?  There are a few …

Becoming a Sage Episode 5

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Welcome to the Becoming a Sage podcast, hosted by Dr. Jann.  Episode 5 features Dr. Jann’s conversation with Dr. Tim Ihrig. We recorded this episode on one of the biggest snows of the winter (Thank you Dr. Tim for making it despite the weather), but you can hear a snow blower in the background of the audio.  The content is great, so we …

When We Need Community The Most: Where Is Everyone?

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Several of my recent posts have been on the need for leaders to build community in workplaces because of the growing disease of social isolation.  In fact, I was recently giving a talk at a technology conference about the importance of “disconnecting to connect.” But where is everyone when we need them most?  Where is our community of people we …

Learning from Life Experience: Predicting the Future and Reflecting on the Past

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In workshops, I often ask these two questions: What is the difference between getting older and becoming an elder? What are the differences between someone who is aging and someone who is becoming a sage or sage-ing? The responses usually include wisdom:  someone who is wise and shares wisdom.  Then I ask, “How do we become wise?”  Just because we …

Vulnerability is a Leadership Strength

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Vulnerability is a leadership strength. This was the title of one of the chapters in my book Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts.  But the editor from my publishing company did not think that title would resonate with male leaders.  So the chapter is called:  Leaders Connect with Empathy and Compassion. I still believe vulnerability is a strength, yet …

Embracing Mortality to Move Forward

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One of the themes that emerged out of the research for my leadership book Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts was the value of embracing mortality and learning about grief and dying in order for leaders to connect with empathy and compassion.  I started the research for this book in 2004 when I was teaching undergraduates.  In fact, I developed …

Becoming a Sage Episode 4

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Welcome to the Becoming a Sage podcast, hosted by Dr. Jann. Episode 4 features Dr. Jann’s conversion with Mary Cathetine Bateson.     Mary Catherine Bateson is a writer and cultural anthropologist living in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire with frequent visits to Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has written and co-authored many books and articles, lectures across the country and …

What They Don’t Teach You In Business School

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A college friend told me recently he agreed to “retire early” instead of being laid off. He said the organization was “killing his soul.” The most devastating consequence of downsizing (often called layoffs) is how it destroys the culture. Peter Drucker believed in the power of culture and was famous for saying “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Culture is the …