Here’s my weekly email to leaders in Reno County from October 1:
Each Monday I write an email for leaders in Reno County. Here’s the one I wrote on Monday, 9/24/12 entitled “Building Bridges”.
Here’s the article I wrote for Reno County Leaders on Monday:
Last week we discussed how speaking from the heart is so needed to carefully draw others into our underlying motivation. While this is important in intervening skillfully, for this to truly energize others, our heartspeaking must sometimes include hardspeaking, specifically, speaking to loss.
“‘We must do something’ always solves more problems than ‘something must be done.’ In building a trustworthy process, we have to be transparent about what motivates us, but we also need to be transparent about what we may be asking others to sacrifice for the cause of progress. Speaking to Loss is a part of that process. Always remember to acknowledge the possible losses of members of the factions – the people on the other side of an issue.”
If speaking from the heart makes you think of Valentine’s Day, then you might well be missing the point. Speaking from the heart gets us close to purpose. It helps expose why we care so deeply about the specific challenges in which we’re engaging.
You can see through these questions what speaking from the heart does both in you and your stakeholders.
Each week, I write a short email to graduates of the Leadership Reno County program. Here’s this week’s:
Last week I posted an encouragement to “Take Care of Yourself.” As I was digging out from being gone, I came across the latest KLC Journal (Vol 4, Issue 1 – Summer 2012, which will hopefully be online soon) and in it, under the learning laboratory section on p.102, was the following items to encourage you to “Take Care of Yourself.” Here’s the info and questions:
“It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.” – Lena Horne
“As you engage others in difficult work, pay special attention to maintaining your own energy and enthusiasm. Take time to renew yourself. Call on friends and colleagues for support. Be purposeful about taking care of yourself over the long haul.”
“Ask yourself these questions:
1) How do you know when your energy is waning?
2) What activities, practices and places revitalize you?
3) Whom can you call on for support when you need it?
4) How might you create time or space to take care of yourself?
These are excellent thought. Take some time and consider these things and see if it doesn’t have an effect on your long term progress on those issues you care about so deeply.