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More Play and Less Nay: Leadership Lessons from a Working Dog

We’re standing on the expansive hills of Zamora, California, and I have an earpiece dangling on the side of my head, stuck in my hair. I can’t seem to get the damn thing to stay in my ear, although I’m still able to hear Bill’s voice in spite of that. There’s too much dog and…

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From Voluncheerful to Voluntearful

Dear Sally, I say yes to everything. I say YES with my mouth but NO with my heart. When someone invites me to a meeting, I squeeze it into my calendar. If I get an email late at night, I feel like I need to respond. I’m on committees and sub-committees, task force groups and…

Circle Up Experience Blog: "Power: Are You Missing the Secret Ingredient?" By Beth Killough

Power: Are You Missing the Secret Ingredient?

You read the word. Power. It pulled you in. And, at the same time you were enticed, you bristled and balked. We have a love/hate relationship with the topic of power, mostly because we don’t fully understand it. We associate power with the misuse or abuse of it. We imagine people who overpower or rule…

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Get Your Matriarch On

Dear Sally, Lately, I’ve noticed my plate is too full. I’m overwhelmed, irritable, and snapping at people. I’m normally not that kind of person and it’s upsetting to me and those around me that I’m acting this way. But it feels like everyone wants a piece of me. I’m in a director role in a…

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Best Micro-Manager Ever

Dear Sally, How do you know if you’re giving members of your herd the right amount of support?  I want to make sure the people who work with me feel like I care and I’ve got their back.  But I don’t want to come across as being to involved in their business, or even worse,…

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Vole, C’est Moi: What I’ve Learned from Working Alone

The prairie vole has become invaluable to certain scientists because the prairie vole appears to fall in love.   It’s the only rodent that does.  It’s one of about 5% all known species (per Smithsonian) that does. The prairie vole.  And it’s so cute. Because the prairie voles pair bond for life (unless one of them…

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Making Something out of Nothing:  The Creative at Work and at Home

Our offices are pretty dull.  Tasks are assigned and tasks are done.  We clock in, we clock out. Most of the time, we are repeating actions that have been deemed productive in the past.  Rarely are we contributing anything new. And all of this fine. It really is. This is how the world works. But…

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Nature Has No Due Dates: Lessons from the Frontline of Foaling Season

Walk through any populated urban area and look past the concrete, see beyond the electronics, listen through the automotive noise. There, you’ll find nature: dirt and trees, birds and rodents, plants and water.  As mammals that think and talk prolifically, we humans often lose sight of ourselves as a part of the natural world. We…

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Mindfulness Schmindfulness: Reality Is a Pain

Mindful eating.  Mindful drinking.  Mindful working. Mindful napping.  Mindful this, and mindful that. Mindful purchasing of mindfulness-branded goods and services.  If you’ve been to a grocery store, a mall, a school, the internet, anywhere, in the past year or so, you’ve been pitched mindfulness.  Heck, if you’ve read this blog in the past month, you’ve…

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