Author: adrienne

Podcasting for beginners

anchor.fm/adrienne-castellon I started my own podcast!   The Reflective Practitioner is what I’m calling it.  I wanted students in an upcoming class to learn how to make a podcast so I needed to learn how to do it first! Check it out if you’re interested:     My first effort has room for improvement! My oven timer..

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Stillness – concluding thoughts

The experience of stillness has the benefits of increased attentiveness and detachment while at the same time nurturing connectedness to a bigger picture and deeper meaning. This can be illustrated by Saint-Exupery’s desert experience. In Dec. 1935 Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of The Little Prince, crashed in the desert. In his story of survival in..

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How leaders can incorporate stillness: challenges and potential solutions

This penultimate post suggests methods for incorporating stillness and identifies challenges as well as potential solutions for those interested in incorporating stillness as part of leading self and others in a VUCA world. Harvard Business Review authors Talbot-Zorn and Marz (2017) wrote a blog titled “The busier you are, the more you need quiet time”…

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Benefits of stillness for leaders

This post explores persuasive benefits or leaders to create stillness in their own lives. Stillness is relevant for twenty-first century professionals. Professionals, indeed all individuals seek significance, yet faced with insecurities, rejection, failures and shame can be rendered immobilized or otherwise inhibited in their authentic contribution to the greater whole of the organization. Stillness is..

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What is stillness and how is it connected to leadership?

This post explores the conceptual and theoretical base of stillness as it relates to leadership. Ryan Holiday, a contemporary thinker and writer on ancient philosophy and its place in everyday life, asserts that many philosophies of the ancient world believed that stillness was necessary for leaders to think, be creative, write and make decisions (2019)…

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An example of a business person who incorporates stillness in his professional life

This post offers an example of a business person who incorporates stillness in his professional life. The example sheds light on the discipline of stillness and how the development of a contemplative mind can serve the professional and the organization. Peter Ng Kok Song is an example of a business person who incorporates stillness in..

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The Politics of Crisis Management

Back in 2008 authors Boin, Hart, Stern and Sundelius published The Politics of Crisis Management: Public Leadership Under Pressure. The article examines how leaders deal with the strategic challenges they face, the political risks and opportunities they encounter, the errors they make, the pitfalls they need to avoid, and the paths away from crisis they..

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Perspectives on Stillness for a VUCA World: Introduction

It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done and yet the impact was undeniably profound. In a very hot Aug. 2019 I participated with close to two hundred other participants in a four-day silent meditation retreat.  For me, the retreat was an effort to foster an appropriate disposition in the face of my..

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Collaborating for Gender Equity in Christian Education

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I would like to share with you a recently published article that Masters of Educational Leadership graduate student, Stacy Sowerby and I joyfully collaborated on.  You’ll find a link and abstract below.  Enjoy!   https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/icctej/vol15/iss1/5/ Collaborating for Gender Equity in Christian Education Stacy Sowerby, Maple Ridge Christian SchoolFollow Adrienne..

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Jean Vanier: A Paradox

For many years, Jean Vanier has influenced my personal and professional journey. I have taught and written about inclusion, the dignity of the human person and peace leadership in reference to Vanier, the founder of L’Arche. Because of his great impact on my life, I am profoundly disturbed by the news that he was a..

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