This post is a paper by Rachel Wegner, student in my MCOM 473 class: Women, Communication and Leadership at TWU; posted with permission. Introduction A close friend of mine worked for a commercial construction and landscaping company for the summer before she started university. She was usually the only woman on the job site..
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“Don’t be afraid to speak, be afraid what will happen to the whole truth if you don’t” (Joan Chittister, in On Women edited by Sanchez-Small, Leathley, Kownacki, 2020). Have you ever wondered if you should say something about what you’re thinking, how you’re reacting to an event, a process, a policy, or feeling uncomfortable or..
What is ethics? The word derives from the Greek word ethos, meaning ‘custom’, ‘usage’ or ‘character’. Standard definitions of ethics have typically included such phrases as ‘the science of the ideal human character’ or ‘the science of moral principle, integrity, duty’. And moral, derived from the Latin mos, moris ‘manner’, ‘custom’, ‘habit’, ‘way of life’,..
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..
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”…
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..
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)…
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..
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..
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..