Change Is A Teacher

As a former Outward Bound wilderness leader, business leader, executive coach and founder of Expeditionary Leadership, I have spent most of my adult life leading people through transformational change. Through thousands of days and with thousands of people I have guided into and through the unknown. In my upcoming book, Outward Bound Lessons To LIve A Life of Leadership (Published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers and in the stores October 15) I recounted a story of leading a group on a particularly difficult hike in Big Bend National Park. The hike leads from the desert floor up into the Chisos mountains, gaining nearly 3,000 feet of elevation in a very short distance with no shade and no water sources. During a particularly steep switchback one of the participants looked at me and asked if I felt any of the discomfort of and difficulty of the moment. My answer was this: "Of course I feel it. My hips hurt from the pack. My legs hurt from the ascent. But the biggest difference...

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Becoming Ourselves At Work

I enjoy listening to people. Whether it's formal listening in my role as a leader and coach--or connecting over a glass of wine or dinner and listening--really listening, to the stories of others' lives. When we make room in our lives to listen we hear, and see, and connect on a deeper level. 

I awaken early. Usually this is my time to think and write, meditate and dream. On Sunday mornings, however, I turn on public radio and listen to Krista Tippett's program "On Being." I climb back in bed, and I listen. 

This past Sunday Krista's program played an interview with Jerry Colonna, CEO and co-founder of a coaching and leadership company called Reboot. Jerry is the author of a book called Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up. 

Here's an excerpt from her interview with Jerry: 

"But then the magic really begins when we start to look at our colleagues, and instead of seeing them as some source of irrationality, seeing them as just a problem that needs to...

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Uncategorized Jun 15, 2019

I became a fan of Bruce Springsteen in high school. This was many years before Born In the USA made him an international superstar. I camped out in the parking lot of the Cleveland Coliseum to be among the first in line for tickets. There was a feeling of connection among the devotees who stayed up all night, playing bootleg tapes and telling stories of shows they had attended.  His concerts felt more like an old fashioned church tent revival than a rock and roll concert. He would start playing at 8 PM, and on more than one occasion the performances didn't end until after 1 in the morning. We would leave the shows drained and elated. We knew that we had been a part of something that was magical.

I was disappointed that I didn't get to see Bruce on Broadway. I really wanted to get there, but the years of camping out for tickets and traveling to see rock concerts had become distant memories. I was in New York City for one evening in January during his Broadway run. I was kicking...

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In A Time of Deep Disruption

Change-rapid change is upon us. A year and a half ago I sat in the New York headquarters of Google and listened as Google's head of Auto marketing described the rapid speed with which machine learning was being developed and deployed. This past spring I experienced a sampling of augmented reality through a friend who works as a data analyst for Magic Leap. Not only are the rules of the game rapidly changing, but for many out there in the world the game itself has completely changed.

For all of the incredible advances that our technology companies are making, there are many unintended consequences. And for many in our country this has led to feelings of extreme dis-ease. They and their world are being left behind. It's great to think about autonomous cars showing up in the moment we need them, whisking us off to our destination and rerouting on the fly to find the quickest way to our destinations. But when you realize that part of the fallout of moving toward that future is the...

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Introducing Outward Bound Lessons To Live A Life of Leadership

"Courage is the gateway to freedom, to fulfilling your life’s work, and to answering the call to lead. Courage is the choice to do something that frightens you and that stretches your capability and capacity to grow and give. Courage is the constant companion in Outward Bound and in Mark’s writing. Without it, you’ll not take the first step towards your calling."

These words from best selling author and master coach Richard Leider are part of the foreward of my soon to be published book Outward Bound Lessons To Live A Life of Leadership. It will be hitting the bookstores in October of 2019. Richard served on the board of the Voyageur Outward Bound School when I was an instructor and leader there, and his writing and work had a deep impact on my life and work. Richard is the definition of a courageous Expeditionary Leader--a term I am using to describe the principles, approach and impact that comes from people who have experienced Outward Bound in their...

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