Unpredictable circumstances, growing stresses in an ever-increasing global market, and ubiquitous ennui have left organizations and today’s leaders in government, industry, and academia without the necessary tools to transition to change in a principled manner.
The authors explain that the development and maintenance of genuine leadership skills — adaptive to the dictates of the modern world — must be borne from one’s inner self, a retreat to spirituality.
One available method of achieving this is through Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning (EFEL), a technique whereby leaders develop critical management skills by working with horses...
Leading from a values based place is essential. Too often though, we think of values as placing a value on something. In truth, values (in French valoir) is a place of strength and courage to act and speak properly.
It’s almost that time of year again… time to spread a little festive kindness. My Kindness Advent Calendar works just like a normal advent calendar but instead of the usual chocolate countdown, we …
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Ivon Prefontaine's insight:
Although I think kindness is an everyday way, this might help some teachers who are unsure how to go about being kind.
I have been fortunate and have spent time with people from different cultures, including African. Ubuntu is seeing the other person as a person and taking time to acknowledge their presence. As one person from Africa told me, when they are in North America, they find it difficult not to get caught up in the rush of life.
I rarely find myself on the same side of an argument with Michael Coren. I adhere to an idea that Jesus was often embedded with people who lived on the margins of his world. What does that mean in today's society? It means he would find it problematic to disenfranchise and other humans because of gender and sexuality.
When I read and hear that Catholic schools have to come up with a policy about gay support groups, I wonder why? If they open the Bible and read the New Testament, they would find Jesus's teachings provide them with insights on how to treat students and others with unconditional love.
News stories and social media posts inundate us every day with tips for greater happiness, health, and general well-being. But who has the time to fit them into our already packed schedules? Recently, though, my research has led me to believe that one simple prescription can have transformative effects: look for more daily experiences of awe. This doesn’t require a trek to the mountains. What the science of awe is suggesting is that opportunities for awe surround us, and their benefits are profound.
When we package anything, what does it become but a new quick product. Mindfulness is a way of living that cannot be packaged as a one-size-fits-all and super-sized. I am always wary of corporate views of anything.
Can It Happen Here? Jan 31, 2017 | 30 videos Video by The Atlantic This is a clear moment of crisis for Americans, says Atlantic senior editor David Frum. “We are living through the most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United States in decades,” he explains in this video. What can people do when Congress refuses to check the president, civil unrest fuels his agenda, and he uses Twitter to stifle dissent? Read more in The Atlantic’s March 2017 cover story, “How to Build an Autocracy.” Authors: Daniel Lombroso, David Frum
What are the similarities and differences between mindfulness and social and emotional learning (SEL)? How do the two approaches converge or collide? How might integrating mindfulness amplify the effects of existing SEL programs?
This is a beautiful video from Dr. Brene Brown that explains the difference between empathy and sympathy and which one really leads to a genuine connection. Enjoy! Continue the conversation Our parent site, Ideapod, is a social network for idea sharing. It’s a place for you to explore ideas, share your own and come …
Mayors from scores of the world’s biggest cities gathered in Mexico Wednesday to plot their strategy for fighting climate change in the face of skepticism from US President-elect Donald Trump.
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:
An interesting silver lining is that maybe local leaders will understand their roles are essential.
Being a spiritual woman in a corporate world—and practicing meditation on a daily basis—has taught me certain things about how to survive and thrive in today's modern workplace. Here's what I've learned over the years, and my advice on how to use mindfulness to your personal and professional advantage.
“A small circle of limited duration that is intentional about its process will have a deeper, more life-giving impact than a large, ongoing community that is shaped by the norms of conventional culture.” —Parker J. Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness Facilitators of Courage & Renewal programs use these basic Touchstones to help define clear boundaries for Continue Reading »
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