I'd Rather...

A really interesting conversation I had last week got me thinking about a few important things. Curiosity definitely has me listening closely at the moment to the thoughts, words and actions that get us moving forwards, as I strive to embody this year’s mantra of bridging ideas into action. The sentence within this conversation that really grabbed me started with two simple words. As I wrote last week I love when we as individuals and groups are able to get under the surface, and what this young man was describing was definitely an invitation into what was bubbling underneath for him. I’d rather… “If you never try, you’ll never know what you are capable of.” – John Barrow The young man (abou

Getting Under the Surface

One thing I just love is when I have the opportunity to support groups of educators. Last week again provided for one of those opportunities. This group of camp leaders were inspiring for so many reasons. But one of the biggest reasons is that they allowed themselves, and ourselves, to go there (individually and collectively). And the ripples created were incredible. “Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.” – Rumi One of the things I love most about outdoor education is the deep levels of connection that it opens up for and to self, others and the world around us. But, there’s a big but (there always is when we are talking about connection). Are we as

Remembering

I'm a huge believer in wisdom. Individual. Collective. And everything in between. This deep belief shows up within my journey of potential in an assortment of ways. A particular question though I ask of participants at some stage within a program day reminds me consistently of wisdoms depth, breadth and potential to empower. I'm always left feeling so privileged, inspired and grateful as students courageously open up and share what's real for them. "Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself." - Chinese Proverb If you've ever worked with groups you'd know the full spectrum of engagement, energy and contributions you get from different types of questioning within a reflection. Let

Reframing

How often do you get caught believing that there’s only one way, solution, possibility, truth, etc.? Maybe it’s only for a split second and then we catch ourselves. Maybe it’s for as long as a particular interaction is happening and then we catch ourselves. Maybe it’s for an extended period of time and then something finally clicks and we catch ourselves. That old adage of ‘nothing changes until you do’ definitely rings true for me as I reflect on our ability to reframe within our journeys of potential. “Our key to transforming anything lies in our ability to reframe it.” – Marianne Williamson A certain conversation the other day got me thinking about reframing within a leadership context. M

Bridging: Ideas into Action

I wonder what 2017 will bring? There are certain things that are already booked into the calendar or are being planned, but obviously there is also so much open possibility as well. Within this open possibility there can be a focus on resolutions relating to outcomes. We’ve all done it, I’m going to ___________ (fill in the blank – lose 10kg, get a new job, etc.). And then in a few weeks time as we navigate choices, complexity and challenges the resolution seems to slip away. What we’re planning again this year is a mantra to guide our thoughts, words and actions focussed on process. “An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” –

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