Good Morning Friends!
I am sure you will agree that lately, it feels a bit like we are slogging through mud while carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders.
The past few months have been extraordinarily stressful, uneasy, uncomfortable and painful for so many. And while stuck in the mud, it can be near impossible to gain the perspective that we need to keep moving forward.
But that’s exactly what intentional leaders do. They move forward. They take a moment to view things differently and actively seek out a better perspective. When we do so, we are able to develop a greater sense of empathy, appreciation and understanding of self and others.
As we head into the weekend, take a moment to think about how you view the world. And most importantly, you should examine how you can expand your perspective.
See Things Differently
In preparation for this week’s newsletter, I uncovered this little commercial gem from Apple. Most of our lives we spend sorting through the chaos that surrounds us. We desperately seek a fresh perspective that allows us to make sense of what we are experiencing. But when we become intentional about looking at the world from alternative vantage points, the chaos quickly and seamlessly transforms into clarity.
Check out the short clip here!
[Video] Leadership at Sea
While searching for something to watch at 2 am when I could not sleep the other night, I collided with the documentary, “Shackleton’s Captain.” During my leadership workshops, I often discuss Earnest Shackleton and his grand adventure to cross the Antarctic.
This documentary focuses on the first follower and intentional leader in his own right, Captain Frank Worsley. Worsley signs on as captain of the Endurance to navigate Sir Shackleton and his crew to Antarctica. When the Endurance is trapped in ice in the middle of the ocean, Worsley’s seamanship, navigational skills, and leadership are called into action. There is a great trailer for this movie here (and it might be worth the rent from Amazon Prime!).
Your Relationship with Gratitude
What is your relationship with gratitude? Do you tend to take time to appreciate what you have? Or, do you spend more time dwelling on what isn’t?
I recently sat down with Katie McDonald, founder/CEO of bnourished, who will be co-facilitating our next Inspired event, “What Brings Us Back Together? Gratitude,” on July 29. Together, we explored the importance of gratitude and how to live a life of appreciation (click here to read).
I hope you will join us in a few weeks for this virtual discussion. Click here to learn more and register!
“And those who were seen dancing, were thought to be crazy, by those who could not hear the music.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
I have been fascinated with Nietzsche’s work, especially in his later work where he became increasingly preoccupied with the creative powers of the individual to overcome social, cultural, and moral constructs. This quote provides clarity and directs me to search for the music in response to my lack of understanding. As an intentional leader, we must constantly seek new perspectives while discovering the hidden melodies.
Grab important workshop/conference updates below:
- July 29, 5-6 pm: Inspired Leadership Series, Gratitude, Register here!
- September 2: Inspired Leadership Series, save the date!
- September 15-16: Intentional Leader Executive Retreat, learn more here!
- RESCHEDULED, ON Leadership Conference: Due to meeting capacity limitations that are expected to be in place until the end of 2020, we will be rescheduling ON for the Spring of 2021. Stay tuned for more!