One of My Favorite Podcast Series

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During the holidays, our family went on a road trip out west to ski.  One of my sons introduced me to a great podcast series on NPR titled:  How I Built This.  This is an interview series with innovators and entrepreneurs such as the founders of Patagonia and Clif bar.  The driving went quickly because we were able to listen …

The Power of Willpower

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At this time of year, we think about New Year’s Resolutions–what we want to improve or learn.  Often we think about the weight we want to lose, the money we want to save, the changes we want to make.  Recently, I read a book that influenced my thinking about these topics titled “Willpower: Discovering the Greatest Human Strength” by Roy …

Writing New Year’s Resolutions or Living Your Legacy?

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It is that time of year when many people think about and some even set New Year’s Resolutions.  Usually these resolutions focus on self-improvement or on learning something new.  But as I was watching CBS “Sunday Morning” last Sunday, I was thinking about the value of living one’s legacy.  Jane Pauley remembered the many people who died in 2016 in …

Be Aware of the Blues

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It seems as if the holiday season comes sooner all of the time with retailers decorating and playing music and all the advertisements involved. The season is full of traditions, rituals, and festivities that set expectations high for both religious and secular activities. The tone is set by the music that is often continuously played during the season: “Tis the …

Finding the Space to Lead

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If you are in the position to influence the lives of others, you are a leader.  This role is not just for bosses, managers, but for parents, coaches, pastors.  You probably fit into one or more of these roles and you know the busy-ness that accompanies being a leader.  And in this holiday season, we are even busier–if that is …

A Great Example of Sage-ing

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One of the main components of Sage-ing is to push back on societal stereotypes.  The marketing messages about aging and the models used seem to stress anti-aging and favor the young–even the very young.  The imaging of aging are often not positive or favorable. A great example of Sage-ing was in the Sunday New York Times titled “Her Age?  Glad You Asked.”  …

Don’t Age–Become a Sage

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One of my favorite local events is called Sages Over 70.  Since I am passionate about sage-ing rather than aging, I appreciate lifting up the good works of people who have been contributing to the community and to others for many years.  For our community to continue to thrive, we need to keep people engaged so we benefit from their wisdom …

Why Compassion Is Important

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Krista Tippett was in town last week speaking about “Becoming Wise.”  Since wisdom is one of my favorite words, her work resonates with me.  While I was not able to attend, I have read her book by the same title.  I also subscribe to her newsletter “On Being” which I highly recommend if you are interested in topics such as …

Trying to Understand Power and Influence

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One thought leader I follow is Mark Crowley, author of Lead from the Heart:  Transformational Leadership for the 21st Century.   Similar to me, he interviews authorities and shares what he learns.  So if you like to read about leadership, I would encourage you to follow him.  He is smart, thoughtful, and does his research.  I contacted Mark the current state of …