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Even though I spoke these words last week, they are as true today as ever.
Where are you playing small?
Where do you lose your value?
When do you dim your light?
It’s time. For us to INHALE the inspiration we are constantly receiving, and EXHALE our creative spin on it. Our voices, art, written words, and dance are needed now.
We are all stepping up. Stepping IN. Stepping forward. Marching together towards change.
Conscious leadership is required of us all. And that means showing up. SHINING brightly. No apologies. No more hiding.
Ready? Let’s do this.
© 2018 http://DeborahLeeAnn.com
Authentic Leadership Academy & Consulting
Leadership Magic – my Theme for 2018
It’s a topsy-turvy, sometimes High, sometimes low world right now, right?
The optimism and clarity I felt on New Year’s Day and even the 2nd were exhilarating and I was excited to return to “work” from my short sabbatical.
Yet, today, after waking early to an inspiration that I recorded before falling back to sleep, the rest of the day has taken me in circles. Back into spirals of grief, forward into the thrills of new meetings and opportunities on the horizon, then deep into self-critical stuff. Probably all before I finished my 2nd cup of coffee!
Well, I’m back into the swing again here, after honoring my feelings and listening to intuition…and ready to get into it!
So, what is Leadership Magic?
It’s the inner glow you have when you are:
- Self-Responsible and
We’ll be playing with these areas and defining the concepts as we move throughout the first quarter of 2018.
SHINE is still my signature though, as it’s the foundation for true Leadership Magic.
I’m just playing deeper with the concepts of the intrinsic light that we have and so often dim or turn off due to fear, failure, or to “fit in”.
So, let’s get started, shall we?
Leadership Magic begins with Power. And to turn on your Power, it’s essential to have a Vision. To be Open to Possibilities. To TRUST. And to be Present, showing up with a radiant Presence.
Lots of emphases here as we can’t get where we want to go without these basics.
So, here’s my take on each of them. Enjoy!
Read the full transcript.
Let’s Create Some
I love Magic. Magick. Magik. All forms of it. All stories about it. All songs too!
During the Holiday Season, we talk about the Magic of gift-giving. The Magic of Believing. The Magic of Joy and Miracles and Beauty and Health and Well Wishes.
And, I’m here, saying Magic is a year-round thing.
It’s with us all the time. It’s IN each of us.
So let’s remember to Tune in. Turn on. And, Turn It Up our Magic. It’s in every one of us.
Happy December from us all at DeborahLeeAnn.com and Authentic Leadership Academy and Consulting!
It’s the holiday season (perhaps you’ve noticed?) with lots of events on the calendar providing us with lots of opportunities to be with “other-minded” people. Whether family, neighbors, co-workers or even circles of friends, we are more and more learning the contentiousness that conversations can become. How can we view these opportunities as a place to SHINE?
Speaking our truth amongst like-minded folks is great for validation and massaging of our ego.
Speaking our truth amid “others” can be scary. Isolating. Possibly life-threatening (or so it feels!)
Is the alternative not engaging? Walking away and not saying anything? Unfriending on social media? Getting another drink or hitting the buffet table to “deal with it” by numbing or stuffing it?
Or, possibly, responding and engaging.
Asking for clarification.
Learning where someone else stands and why they feel that way. Asking if they ever wondered if _____________ was possible? Or thought about it this way (state another view here)?
Each time I leave a racial awareness, social justice, diversity type of training or workshop I learn new techniques to continue the dialogue. Share more authentically. Listen more deeply. Broaden my views and add to my confidence.
It doesn’t mean it’s not scary. I still over-think and wonder if that post on LinkedIn has put me in a box with potential clients or friends. No one responded or engaged with me. Crickets.
Yet it was my truth. It’s my way of showing up. Sharing me and who I am in the marketplace. And, I believe it will attract the ideal clients who want to work with someone with my values as well as my experience and expertise.
Some additional ideas for Dialogue?
After exploring and agreeing that there are differences in views or beliefs, ask if there is interest in finding common ground as well.
Remember to model being a bridge-builder, one who is calmly (even if passionately) wanting to learn from the other, create a relationship and keep the door open to further dialogue.
This is a way to collaborate, come together and explore solutions and not be the “owner” of the truth. There are many paths to it. How can we walk together and find new solutions, together?
Nothing risked, nothing gained. Join me in not being a silent partner in systemic racism, sexism, classism, and all the other barriers to humanism.
© 2017 Deborah LeeAnn Morley www.DeborahLeeAnn.com
Authentic Leadership Academy & Consulting
It’s become so common that no one is surprised anymore. We all just nod our heads in some type of secret solidarity.
Yet, why are we sharing from a place of shame? Or Guilt? Or Embarrassment? Or, even, with a sense of thinking we are responsible, in some awful way?
It’s time to stop the avoiding and clean up the shame, and start healing.
This open door will never swing shut again. More and more sexual assaults, inappropriate behavior, rapes kept under wraps are now seeing the light of day. The media posts new stories daily and we aren’t even bothering to read them. (Or, maybe that’s me, this is not new!)
What if we took this new-found solidarity, commonality across all women of different cultures, colors and class, and used it to fuel our Light?
What would happen if we were sharing with glee something beautiful that happened from sharing and healing to becoming more empowered, conscious and ready to tell our truth?
I’d love to discover what could happen when we realized that this totally inappropriate treatment we’ve all received was just a catalyst for igniting our realization of our value, our worth, our strength?
As we glue together the pieces where we previously thought we were broken, we heal the parts and are even more beautiful, more complex and more resilient.
The term Wabi-Sabi applies here…the Japanese believe in the beauty of impermanence and imperfection. When a piece of art or pottery is broken, they often fill the cracks with gold. Creating a more beautiful piece and honoring the imperfection.
Let’s shift into this type of #MEtoo. Let’s shift into the beauty of what we are now from the healing, growing and expansion into a more stunning piece of art? What if we shined our light through those cracks?
© 2017 Deborah LeeAnn www.DeborahLeeAnn.com
Authentic Leadership Academy & Consulting
Deborah offered some terrific exercises that really helped me to define where I wanted to be in the short-term and longer-term. She offered practical and usable advice and tactics for dealing with immediate challenges. Deborah even engaged in a team assessment with my staff that helped us to understand each other’s strengths and how to more effectively work as a team.
I reflect often on the work Deborah and I completed together and continue to find value in that work. With Deborah’s help, I was able to develop the confidence to take some bold steps that resulted in a really amazing professional change for me. I consider her my coach for life and would not hesitate to engage her again as I continue to grow in my new role and set new goals and aspirations.Kris
Deborah has an uncanny ability to cut through the clutter and ask the questions that will bring clarity and direction to a situation quickly. She is insightful, organized and most of all passionate about what she does. That combined with the on-the-ground experience she’s gained from two decades in non-profit and corporate HR make her an invaluable part of any organizational team.Sarah
Deborah has a contagious passion for making a positive difference in the community. She has productive energy and a talent for working with people. She can motivate, inspire, guide, and develop others. Deborah has a keen sense for cultural alignment within an organization and can champion change initatives. Her depth of knowledge is a treasured asset that can be put to use in many different ways including but not limited to: training, coaching, planning, structuring, mentoring, and positioning.Mindy