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  • Lessons from my coaching journey: the mindful practice of storytelling

    As I mentioned in each of the past two entries, I am working with a client in New York whose story I would like to tell, at least in summary form. The identities of the individuals and the company involved are not germane to our discussion, and I am certainly not writing to criticize them. Rather, I would like to

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  • A natural speaker?

    As I mentioned last time, my plan for this week was to amplify the discussion of the remarkable ways that Nelson Mandela processed the experience of living in prison for 27 years. After that, my thought was to go on to other examples that shed light on one of my core principles: We can all learn to use our life

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  • The value of processing your life’s experiences

    In the previous post, we looked at a personal story from Steve Jobs’, about “connecting the dots”. One of the reasons I like to use this anecdote as an example is that it begins with a commonplace occurrence—a young person’s decision to drop out of college. Such stories illustrate a fundamental point I often invoke in a variety of contexts—consulting,

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  • Connecting the dots by looking backwards

    In the previous post, I mentioned a little game I used to play when I was a doctoral student. The research task I had given myself was looking for patterns, or at least shared characteristics, in the lives of successful leaders. My “game” was taking pairs of individuals with highly dissimilar personalities and styles, and then attempting to find any

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  • Living forward and looking backward

    In the realm of philosophy, renowned Danish thinker Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) is credited with the following declaration: “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”   In the early 1990s, I “discovered” a similar notion on my own, as an outgrowth of my work and research in the field of identity stories. At the time, I

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  • Post-TED impressions

    The TED talk that I wrote about in the previous post did in fact take place in Delft on Thursday March 22. As I write this, it is the day after, and I thought it a good idea to offer some of my thoughts and feelings about the experience. First of all, I must say that I was quite impressed

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