In essence, a journey is a real-life application of our values.

In essence, a journey is a real-life application of our values.

In the yoga tradition there is a concept called swadharma: a Sanskrit word which refers to the “right actions that are unique to each individual, according to their own innate nature.” (Shakti Leadership p.114)

No two swadharmas are the same because no two individuals are the same. To find and to understand one’s swadharma requires you to go on journey of self-discovery. This journey is the heroic journey popularized by Joseph Campbell and portrayed in many stories across time. Think Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter, Lyra Silvertongue, and Moana.

All journeys follow a similar plot. The would-be hero experiences…

A tool to help navigate change with more ease.

A tool to help navigate change with more ease.

During the Shakti Leadership class this week, we explored the concept of flexible or “the capacity to switch modes seamlessly and to bend without breaking.” (Shakti Leadership, p.87)

Being flexible not only allows people to navigate change with more ease: being flexible also provides more opportunities for innovation and creativity.

Flexibility is not wishy-washy. Flexible leaders are grounded in their core values and continue to make decisions which are aligned with those values.

Flexibility requires…

What reminds you of the remarkable women in your life?

What reminds you of the remarkable women in your life?

Today would have been my maternal grandmother’s 101st birthday. She died three years ago after a very long life. This Saturday her ashes will be interred in a grave next to my grandfather whom she lost when she was only 47 years old. My grandmother never remarried. She once told me: “I raised one husband. That was enough.”

As I reflect on my grandmother’s life, I am awed by all the major world events she lived through and witnessed. Her…

We are all in a state of flux.

We are all in a state of flux.

“…if you are faced with a problem that seems insurmountable, you first have to grow to a new level before you can find a solution to it.” (Shakti Leadership, p.49)

I have a bumper sticker in my home office which says, “Oh no – not another learning experience!” I placed this sticker right above my desk to help me find the humor in the midst of challenges. I need the reminder, because I have a tendency to view certain challenges as a personal affront.

You may be familiar with the why-me refrain. I am. The why-me refrain reflects the desire to be…

Cultivating Presence plus a healthy boundary exercise.

Cultivating Presence plus a healthy boundary exercise.

I recently learned a new tool to support healthy boundary setting and wanted to pass it along. This tool came from Shakti Leadership by Nilima Bhat and Raj Sisodia: a book I am using to facilitate a pilot leadership program.

The goal of Shakti Leadership is to lead from a space of consciousness. Shakti leaders value wholeness, flexibility and congruence. They willingly share power and believe the most important goal of any organization is to elevate humanity. As you may imagine, this power-with style of leadership requires consciousness or a willingness to be present.

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