“Among the winding canals and streets of Venice, something wonderful is happening! There’s a sweet song on everyone’s lips – a song that began with a little girl named Gabriella. It’s a song that makes the baker laugh, brings the widow to tears, and causes the gondolier to swoon. And it’s just the tune that inspires…

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Both the Leadership Dance and Leadership Yoga workshops came about in the same way. I was teaching undergraduate courses in leadership at Trinity University and taking ballroom dance lessons or yoga teacher training. (Not at the same time – yoga teacher training came first). But in both situations, I began to see new ways to…

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Last week I wrote that creating community is leadership work. This week, I’d like to share some of my experiences as a leader working to create community in organizations. Colleges and universities are complicated places with multiple systems of governance. Divisions have completely different values and reward systems. There are departments with widely varied purposes and…

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Photo by Thomas Schweighofer on Unsplash My graduate program required us to take nine hours outside of our department. I chose to take a course in the MBA program called “Leadership, Literature, and the Individual.” Professor Floyd Brandt’s syllabus described the course this way: “The course begins with the postulate that novels and plays are…

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There are so many ways to answer this question, I’ve struggled to even start writing this blog post. Spiritual, neurological, psychological, intellectual, artistic – there are definitions of creativity that are specific to each of these realms. And, as you would expect, some of them contradict each other. There are myths and belief systems built…

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“‘How can you teach creativity?’ They want to know. Defiance fights with curiosity on their faces. ‘I can’t.’ I tell them. ‘I teach them to let themselves be creative.’” Julia Cameron Julia Cameron, author, screenwriter, playwright, teacher  –  her list of accomplishments is prodigious. I was at a yoga retreat in 2003 when someone mentioned…

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