Building Your Inventory of Belonging

Building Your Inventory of Belonging

I'm thinking this week about David Whyte's Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity, which I read years ago but continues to stay with me as one of my favorite books about career paths. Whyte is a poet who applies poetry to corporate life; he's even sometimes known as the Corporate Poet (you guys, there's truly a job out there for each of us). 

In his book, he examines the meaning of Rainer Maria Rilke's poem, The Swan, translated by Robert Bly, as it applies to our work identities. Swans lumber awkwardly on land, but as soon as they lower themselves into the water, they become an image of grace and belonging.

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What is Authentic Leadership?

What is Authentic Leadership?

“Authentic Leadership” is a phrase that I've seen popping up in a lot of different places lately — so much so that it's turning into a bit of a buzzword. But it's also an important concept that lies at the heart of my business.

The phrase can mean a lot of different things to different people — to some it means cultivating a deep sense of self-awareness, to others it's bringing your whole self to work, or it can also be about developing honest and transparent relationships with colleagues and direct reports. 

While those are all good things, authentic leadership means something a little different to me…

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The Age of Purpose

The Age of Purpose

We are living in a time when careers aren't just work—they are an opportunity for self-expression.

We want more from our jobs than a steady paycheck and stability; we're looking for meaning, an opportunity to make a difference.

This might sound like the type of statement that would make the higher ups start rolling their eyes and lament about those darn high-maintenance millennials. But I believe that it's not just a millennial trait. Our larger American work culture is changing, and the age of purpose is a part of that shift...

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