The Prayer In The Ritual

Here’s a link to my post over at Searching Sophia’s Pocket about the power of ritual:  The Prayer In The Ritual.

If you are not already aware of this thoughtful and thought-provoking blog by Autumn and Jenna … well, now you are, so no excuses …

Enjoying a little break from my own rituals in the Heartland ….



A Few More Words About “Leaders Open Doors” by Bill Treasurer

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Additional comments about a book I really like, if you missed all the hoopla last week:

“Leaders are most effective when they elevate people to a higher standard of performance by opening many doors of opportunity.

Adopting an opportunity focus means viewing challenges as things to be expected, valued, and embraced.

Moving others toward opportunity, however, also mean purposefully nudging them out of comfort zones.

Opportunities are uncomfortable things, and open-door leaders help people and organizations grow to the extent that they inspire them to do the uncomfortable.” 

The above quote is just one of many that I have pulled out of Leaders Open Doors by Bill Treasurer, since it first appeared on my radar just about a year ago. He writes clearly and effectively about leadership from a distinctly open, human, and ultimately very collaborative viewpoint, which jives nicely with my thinking.

The updated version now available includes a new foreword and some stories at the end from people who have found value in this book. The stories are real and they illustrate the power of this little volume.

Two things really stand out and make me happy to suggest this book to anyone who wants to improve their ability to lead others through serving them.

First Bill really gets leadership on a very personal level.

His examples come from real life and he includes both some triumphs and some “fall on your face” failures from his own leadership journey. Read this book and you will learn some things about how to be a leader who is there for others.

No lofty discussions of strategy or corporate structure here, just a simple formula that involves being aware of the needs of those with whom you work and creating a culture where you fill those needs. Everyone wins.

… and he does all this in a highly positive manner … the guy emanates energy.

Second, Bill is one of the “Good Guys”.

The proceeds from his book sale go to help children with special needs. This is a cause near and dear to his heart and to mine. A group of us have adopted a BHAG (that’s “Big Hairy Audacious Goal” for those of you who are not fluent in bizspeak): $50, 000 raised through sales of this book in the next year. 

This is a very good thing to do and I like to support doing good things, but we need your help to make this a reality.

Frankly, I cannot think of a better combination:

Become a more effective servant leader and help children with special needs at the same time.

Buy and read this book, use this book to improve your leadership abilities, and share this book with those in your circle of influence – you will be a better person for doing so.

Continuing to enjoy the value in Leaders Open Doors in the Heartland ….



Leaders Open DoorsBill Treasurer is chief encouragement officer (CEO) of Giant Leap Consulting and the author of Courage Goes to Work, an international best-seller that introduced the new management practice of courage-building.

For over two decades Treasurer has designed leadership and succession programs for clients such as NASA, Saks Fifth Avenue, UBS Bank, CNN, Hugo Boss, the CDC, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the U.S. Veterans Administration. Prior to Giant Leap, Treasurer was an executive Accenture, a $29 billion management consulting firm. He became Accenture’s first full-time executive coach.

Treasurer is a former captain of the US High Diving Team, a cancer survivor, and the father of three children. He is a champion for the rights of people with disabilities, which includes his daughter.



Updated Disclaimer: Yes, I received a copy of this book for review.  As always, my comments represent my honest and unbiased assessment of the book’s value for others.   I continue to recommend and gift this book to those interested in becoming better leaders.

International Coffee Day …

coffeeI almost missed this important occasion, until I ran across this fascinating infographic …

I blame the lapse on not having had my fourth cup of coffee yet this morning …

Enjoy your education, and if you already know all this stuff, just pour yourself another cup of hot liquid heaven and sit back with a contented smileSmile.

Drinking large amounts of “fuel” while I greet the workweek, after a full weekend, in the Heartland ….



Source:  The Daily Infographic at

“The Girl In The Hallway” via Jamie DeWolf and Snap Judgment LIVE

Not easy to listen to, but impossible to get away from this riveting testimony to opportunity lost and how we all might do better going into the future:

The Girl In The Hallway / Jamie DeWolf, Snap Judgment LIVE – YouTube

You can tell when passion is driving the words.  This is one powerful statement and a very good example of how carefully chosen words, delivered with feeling, can move us.

YES, we are our brothers and our sisters keepers … nobody else can do the job of caring like we can … we just need to pay attention and risk a little bit.

Silence …

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… And how often do we willingly give away our right to silence during each day?

Too often, methinks.  

Time to rethink that strategy …

As individuals, we need to reclaim our ability to “just be”, so we can continue to meet obligations and do work.  You can only put out effective effort for a limited time, otherwise … but with silence and the meditation relaxation that accompanies “just being”, we can accomplish miracles.

As leaders, we need to aggressively support and protect those we serve in their quest to do so … and remember to claim that same need for ourselves, once we have taken care of the others.

So …

What can YOU do right now, today, to help others and help yourself, be in silence as you recharge and refresh?

Wondering where I can go to achieve real silence in the Heartland ….