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The Leadership Pause | Dr. Chris Johnson
“Embodied leadership has an edge over anything conventional, because it allows us to access all of who we are…rationally, cognitively, analytically, our capacity for empathy, and to take effective action based on sound decisions that we tune into that are congruent with our values.” – Dr. Chris JohnsonPhysical awareness leads to authenticity and better decision-makingThe world is becoming more Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous. For today’s leaders to stay ahead of the accelerated pace of change, it’s important to inspire trust and confidence in those with whom they work. Embodied Leadership practices help us achieve this.Leadership is often approached in a cognitive-first or “top-down” manner: first working to understand the skill, infusing emotional intelligence, and then acting in accordance with that knowledge. Conversely, embodied leadership draws from bodily awareness. In other words, shifting focus to the physical being to open up, relax, and in turn, create space mentally. Tuning into physical sensations and sensory experiences can center us. This nurtures a connection between body and mind that enables congruence and authenticity between mind and actions.My conversation with Dr. Chris Johnson today examines what embodied leadership is and how it can enable smarter decision-making, helping both the individual and the organization.It starts with a pause[13:16] “It might be a momentary pause, where I step back, take a breath, and in that breath, I can see and observe what's going on between you and I, and I can feel into myself, like what's congruent with my own values here, I can actually look at the broader horizon of work.[13:46] “A pause could be momentary, it could be short pause to create a deliberate practice of mindfulness. It could be a weekend pause… Those are the things we often think we don’t have time for, and we hit that point of diminishing returns.“Reminding ourselves and taking that pause to say, ‘What’s the bigger commitment, what’s the bigger vision?’ Align around that instead of getting sucked into the details.” Clear mind, clear path forward [22:16] “This is where mindfulness also comes in to help. When there's a lot of chatter [in the mind], it's really difficult to be clear-headed, clear-eyed, and clear-hearted about what's the most important. There’s a quote by Lao Tzu – ‘Can you be patient enough to let the mud settle so the right answer can arise?’…“If we intentionally create the space, and if we commit to it, as a part of the leadership pause, it can allow all of that mud to settle. So that whatever shows up in this moment, as the next right action is the one we see and can move toward.”Take care of yourself - and see a ripple effect[10:33] “Organizations and businesses of all sizes reflect their leaders. When your energy is high, and your actions are congruent with your words, your presence produces trust…While you can't erase the uncertainty your organization and people are facing, you do have the power to respond to their challenges with intention, integrity, and honesty.”[30:15] “Awareness is key for all leaders who are aspiring to lead in this VUCA world and be really present to the craziness and how to stay present in it - and maybe even enjoy the ride.”Resources mentioned in this episode:The Power of Pause in the Mindful Leader:https://www.mindfulleader.org/blog/44061-the-power-of-a-pauseEpisode 21: Owning Your Value | Key Elements for Authenticity and Personal Power:Listen to Episode 21: Owning Your ValueA Guide to Owning Your ValueDownload GuideTo connect to Dr. Chris Johnson please follow:https://www.linkedin.com/in/drchrisljohnson/https://q4-consulting.com/Dr. Chris on Resiliencehttps://q4-consulting.com/resilience/To subscribe to the Rise Leaders newsletter for more resources: https://mailchi.mp/426e78bc9538/s
Leadership, Ethnicity + Wellbeing | Renee Moorefield & Jane Cocking
In the Be Well Lead Well (BWLW) Pulse model, thriving is defined as 'having the internal resourcefulness to meet external complexities and demands'. Renee Moorefield, the creator of the Be Well Lead Well Pulse wellbeing assessment, and Jane Cocking an executive coach and BWLW certified guide share important findings from research they conducted on the relationships between leadership, ethnicity, and thriving.
Taking a Collective Stand | Achieving a Bold Stakeholder Vision
“In the beginning, the vision was something for the community, and truly nothing more than that. That's what held us together. We wanted to bring the community together.”- Jennifer TouchetThe power of your ‘why’In episode 21 I discussed owning your value and the key elements to unlocking authenticity and personal power. This week we take a deep dive into the first element, “Know what you stand for,” as embodied by my guest, Jennifer Touchet.Holding true to the vision and the “why” of the community was indispensable during her bid to establish a nature center in the urban neighborhood of Oak Cliff in Dallas.While some wanted to erect a high-end, gated community on that beloved spot of land, much of the neighborhood knew and loved it for the nature and recreation it provided. What followed was a years-long project requiring passion and persistence. Enjoy learning some key pointers from our conversation.[3:12] ...BeBe spoke so passionately and it was clear that she had a bigger vision for who should benefit from ... this jewel that was in our community. So afterwards, I connected with her and ... asked her if she wanted to work together to try and bring the community voice to what's really going to happen. And she wanted to...Be Empowered by Your Beliefs [9:32] “One of my core beliefs is that local communities that are closest to problems are also closest to solutions…”“I firmly believe that the community can come up with what's best for itself. I kind of believe that in general, that the communities that live and work in play where they are, that are closest to things know also how to make it better.”Know the Stakeholder Environment“If you want to get anything done, you have to look at all the different factors that will affect your ability as a person or as a group to get that done.”Know When to Relent and Know When to Relax Knowing your stand is important. But there often comes a time when compromise needs to occur. Originally Twelve Hills was 20 acres of land. To achieve their purpose, they had to scale back and negotiate. As Jennifer said, “To win doesn’t mean winner take all.”[16:08] “We had to go back and change our plan, and negotiate with our city government, the school district developers to come up with a different vision. Twelve Hills today is just over five acres…But there were some people that felt like we gave up too much. But at that point, it felt like it was going to be if we fought for all, we were going to get nothing.”Resources mentioned in this episode:Jennifer Touchet’s Visionary Leadership & Creating A Win-Win-Winhttps://rise-leaders.com/jennifer-touchet-visionary-leadership/A Guide For Owning Your Value:https://mailchi.mp/d37649fa5f04/own-your-valueA downloadable worksheet for defining and voicing your valueTo learn more about Twelve Hills please visit:https://twelvehills.org/To connect to Jennifer please visit:https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-touchet-0437571/To discuss executive coaching, leadership development program design, and workshop facilitation, please visit:https://rise-leaders.com/contact-info/I specialize in helping leaders and organizations thrive. Reach out if there’s a way I can support you.
Social Impact: From Idea to Enterprise
“[As a social entrepreneur] You don’t always do things connected to your bottom line, you don’t always have to get an immediate benefit out of something, because it’s part of who you are and your ethos - baked into your DNA.” - Suzanne Smith
Owning Your Value | Key Elements for Authenticity and Personal Power
“When we're able to own our value, we're more likely to bring positive contributions to work, life, our communities, to whatever we care about.”
Silicon Mountain: Finding Multi-Stakeholder Wins in the eWaste industry
Today we use more electronics and gadgets than at any point in history. Electronics are used in everyday life, with people upgrading their phones to the latest model, buying new technology for their companies, homes and more. This raises the question: What happens to the waste? How can we recycle and safely dispose of it? And what does this process look like?
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