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Mindfulness Matters

Mindfulness Matters

"The mind is everything. What you think you become." ~ Buddha ~ Prior to my first course in Authentic Leadership at Naropa, I would freely admit to being completely and utterly ignorant of those who would describe themselves as "authentic leaders." I would think,...

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The Path to Resilience

"Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again." ~ Nelson Mandela ~ Resilience: The ability to grow and adapt in face of the challenges and stress of life. No one can argue against resilience as an essential leadership...

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My Leap of Faith

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader ~ John Quincy Adams ~ I still don’t remember exactly how I came to connect with Naropa’s Authentic Leadership Center, but I do recall it came at a time in my life when...

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An Unfolding Journey

The teacher becomes your life, and life becomes a career ~ Doug Duncan & Catherine Pawasarat My partner, Doug Duncan, and I have travelled a fulfilling journey this past year. We've co-authored our first book, "Wasteland to Pureland: Reflections on the Path to...

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The Philosophy of Leadership

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." ~ John F. Kennedy ~ These days, there is a great deal of discussion on effective leadership. Most of us recognize that the essential traits of good leadership include authenticity, self-awareness, sound...

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The Spice of Life

"When we enlarge our view of the world, we deepen our understanding of our own lives" ~ Yo-Yo Ma ~ During a recent trip to Jamaica to present their program, Coaching Through Change and Transition, Susan Skjei and Mary McHenry were gifted with the wonderful opportunity...

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Creating a Shared Understanding

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change" ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer ~ As leaders and innovators of the Authentic Leadership program, Susan Skjei, Director of the Authentic Leadership Center, and Mary McHenry, Adjunct Faculty, are dedicated to...

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Four Qualities of Mindfulness You Can Practice at Work

"the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, non-judgmentally, in the present moment" ~ Kabot-Zinn, 1999 ~ Most of us have enough to worry about at work without having to think about whether not we are being mindful. Yet, there are many benefits to...

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The Choices We Make

"There but for the grace of God go I" ~ Ancient Proverb ~ Empathy. A single word that holds a wealth of meaning. In this fast-paced, digital world, the latest news is always at our fingertips. We can easily become overwhelmed by stories of traumatic events that are...

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Why Horses?

“The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.” ~ Sharon Ralls Lemon ~ Humans and animals have always had a strong bond. How many of us have returned home after a bad day and found...

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