Mahalo In The Midst Of Sadness

Mahalo   All day long my quiet thoughts. To venture out into drumming storm streets deep, no use for umbrellas. Oahu, I have placed myself on the lip of loneliness again.   I will go out, now, as the teacher said, to be baptized by the rain.   I like the way mahalo sounds, which…

Libby Wagner selected as 2014 Nellie Cashman Women Business Owner of the Year Finalist

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Seattle, WA – April 24, 2014 – The Women Business Owners (WBO), Puget Sound’s leading organization for women entrepreneurs, has named Seattle’s Libby Wagner a finalist for the 2014 Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year award.   Since 1982, WBO has recognized and honored Puget Sound area women…

Today I Remember September

  September   Today I remember September: The dust rising up as we walked, Sometimes alone, sometimes in pairs, Travelers all, from far-flung continents, pilgrims on this particular journey. Each day like a dream, one after the other unfolding.   It’s true then, you never know how something will change you, only that it will….

Why Hire A Poet to Help Your Company?

Recently, I found myself on a blind date. After the awkward settling in at the table, perfunctory introductions and basics, my date began talking about his business, his travels to Japan, his grown children, his previous jobs, his hobbies. I really was trying to focus, but his voice had this lulling effect. Finally, he seemed to remember that he didn’t actually know me…

Let Me Be Able For This

    …Which is why I rise early in the pre-dawn before anyone, or anything can tell me otherwise, and I send this wish out on quiet consonants, over rooftops, the mountains in the distance, pink with hope and honor. Let me be able for this… – Excerpt from ‘Somehow’ from Somehow: New and Selected…

The Conversation

      How are you holding the conversation with your life? Sometimes we feel like outsiders to our own existence, going through the motions, paying alms at the Church of Busyness and exhausted by a sense of overwhelm. How can you enter into this relationship with yourself, your work and your time in a…

Conversational Leadership

I’m excited to share a completely new and different opportunity for those who are looking for the ultimate professional development opportunity! I will be collaborating with the poet David Whyte, as well as brilliant organizational development experts Craig Fleck and Mitch Saunders, as a member of the Invitas faculty. I invite you to join us…

Out Across the Divide, a Net of Words

I have always loved language, and especially poetry, for its exactness and its clarity. Poet Donald Hall suggests that poetry is “saying the unsayable,” which I think is the perfect bridge to the notion of god or spirit. How can we use language, ultimately a clumsy, inexact tool, to say something that is really important…

2014 Netspeed Thought Leader Webinar Series

2014 Thought Leader Webinar Series 5 Informative One-Hour Webinars! Virtual Learning and Virtual Leadership: Getting Results in a Wired World Leading others face-to-face and virtually is challenging and exciting. In 2014 we are often more distant geographically, yet more connected electronically. Collaboration must trump competition internally if organizations are to compete and thrive externally. Whether…

Facebook TMI

Surely, someone is already writing an expose’ of the phenomenon of Facebook. The unlikeliness of “friends,” be my friend, unfriend. The absurd and sometimes surprising reconnection with very old friends, especially those from grade school or high school whom, especially if you’re me and you’ve moved and moved, you truly never thought you’d see again…