If I met someone new while I was still working on campus, when they learned my title was either Dean of Students or VPSA, a response I often got was “Oh, you’re the one who’s in charge of the students.” My reply? “No, I’m not.” It often seemed to leave them feeling a bit perplexed. If I…

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I don’t know who said it, but one of my all time favorite quotes about change is: “The only person who really likes change is a baby with a wet diaper.” After all, even someone who embraces change has something they want left alone. One of the most important lessons I ever learned about change…

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One of my top five Strengths is Learner which probably doesn’t surprise anyone who knows me well. I get fascinated by a variety of topics and fall down rabbit holes learning about them. After I read Margaret J. Wheatley’s book, Leadership and the New Science, I spent the summer reading books about physics. (Notice I…

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The topic of self-care has gotten a lot of press over the last several months. Lately, the articles have been more focused on the lack of time for self-care in our challenging new realities. Pre-pandemic there were articles pushing back on the self-care narrative of spa days and beautiful images of sitting with one’s mug of…

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My heartfelt thanks to each of you for your support over the past year. Here on July first, we sit between two anniversaries. Gage Paine Consulting became real on June 1 of last year and I sent out the first version of Gage’s Notes on July 31st. This truly has been an incredible year and I…

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Today I want to tell you about a presentation I heard several years ago. The speaker was Dr. Jeremi Suri. He holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University’s Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School…

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A friend of mine who came to the University of Texas at Austin from a small Texas town told me that her most common stress dream was being lost on the UT campus. Which is a perfectly reasonable stress dream. My most common stress dream is my teeth falling out, which apparently is not that…

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My plan for March and April was to get started on a book based on the Leadership Yoga workshop I’ve taught for many years. And then, we got to mid-March and all sorts of plans changed. I believe, hope, the ideas in the Leadership Workshop are worthwhile and particularly helpful in stressful times. However, writing a book, while…

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Over the last few days, I’ve struggled, as many have, with the effort to find words to say. Nothing I’ve come up with has seemed helpful, meaningful, or even close to expressing all that I feel right now. And so instead today’s newsletter is my effort to amplify the work of many of my friends and…

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On March 23rd, ten weeks ago, we began this journey through the ideas of Leadership Yoga. I started this series with the idea of trying to support each reader through the challenges we were only beginning to experience. I had the idea of writing a book on this, but that would take too long, so…

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