by Jen Sellers
Here’s a Mindful Leadership practice for you – a nine-breath mind-clearing exercise. Use it between activities, as you leave one activity behind and prepare for the next, for example, between email and a meeting, between one phone call and another, between a conversation and working on a project.
You can be sitting or standing, and as you gain experience with it, you can even be moving from place to place. This practice takes only a few minutes to learn and a few seconds to do. Listen to the exercise here.
by Sheri Boone
This month we are very happy to feature the excellent work of the Institute for Courageous Principal Leadership at Minnesota State University, Mankato. We are extremely proud that our Pause book and card deck is a part of the Institute’s curriculum and is being used by the principals to navigate their change. The program is gaining national recognition for changing the way principals lead and for making a difference in school leadership.
Dr. Candace Raskin, Professor and Chair of the the Department of Educational Leadership tells us, “The Institute for Courageous Principal Leadership changes how they lead. The principals need to be courageous, and when they have resistance, we ask, ‘what tools can we use to help them get through this’?”
Focused on racial equity, with the realization that black students’ achievement is 30% lower than white students in test scores, the Institute’s two year program works with a cohort of 150 current and future principals from both urban and rural school districts in Minnesota.
The curriculum is aligned with current research on effective leadership and is infused with racial equity. Principals grow in all areas and are more racially engaged and focused. The program is committed to developing courageous leaders who deliberately educate all students, including students of color.
Thank you, Dr. Raskin and your faculty of former principals and superintendents, for the wonderful work the Institute is providing these excellent educators!
Learn more about The Institute for Courageous Principal Leadership.
by Kate Harper
“Choose your answer,” I coached him. “Now imagine it is 10 minutes from now. How do you feel? Now move forward 10 months. How do you feel? How about 10 years from now?”
He got his answer. “Great tool,” he said.
“It’s not mine. I stole it from Suzy Welch.”
“Fantastic. I’ve never had an original thought, but I’m great at recognizing them.”
That got me thinking. I’ve always been in awe of people who create something – those with a message, philosophy, or good and useful tool. I’m sheepish that everything I have to offer has been learned from someone else. My client’s words stopped me short. What if the eye for something good and useful is a talent? Indeed one of my gifts is the ability to find, absorb, and share things that are genuinely helpful to my clients. I hereby claim my gift. I am a curator of helpful perspectives, practices, and tools.
Please join me for my first curated exhibition: one perspective, one practice, and one tool.
We are very honored and appreciative of our affiliate, Kevin Pokorny, principal of Pokorny Consulting in Des Moines, Iowa. Recently, Kevin presented a leadership workshop featuring our Pause book and card deck and wrote this:
Slowly but surely, mindfulness practices are seeping into business organizations in Des Moines. Every time I introduce your book and cards, I receive meaningful responses. Your book, cards and work with leaders have opened the door for me to bring your message to my clients. I’m so grateful to know you three and your work.
And we are grateful to Kevin for his very committed and thoughtful work in the world. You can read about Kevin at: www.pokornyconsulting.com
by Kate Harper
Years ago, I was told to just be present. What? What the heck does that mean? Mindfulness – being present to what is happening in the moment with openness, curiosity, and compassion – is an ancient practice garnering a lot of buzz in leadership circles.
Is mindfulness this season’s polka dotted coat or a Chanel jacket? Our vote is for Chanel. From the beginning, we at Inspired Mastery have supported our clients to bring mindfulness to everyday circumstances. One of Jen’s clients, Lucianne Walkowicz, a stellar astronomer and TED Fellow shares her experience (excerpted from her blog post Be There Then):
We are excited to announce an excellent new product, Listen to Real Coaching, Volume 1, created by our own Sheri Boone and her colleague, Jamee Tenzer, and featuring the coaching of Jen Sellers and Kate Harper. Designed to support coaches to expand their coaching and learn from master coaches, Listen to Real Coaching is a compilation of 8 live coaching sessions and includes an interview with each coach. Sheri and Jamee have filled a real need and are supporting the growth of coaches around the world.