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3 07, 2016

Savannah Ducharm – Letting Go of Bittersweet Defenses

By | July 3rd, 2016|Alumni, Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable, Identity, Listening, Uncategorized|0 Comments

My truth is that there are a lot of things you can say to convince yourself and other people of who you are. You can fill your lungs with what you think they want to hear. But if you do that, nothing comes back to you. You are left exasperated. Letting go isn’t comfortable, since these things become bittersweet defenses to things you feel you can’t change. In a new country, with these new people, you’ll want to hold onto these defenses more than ever. You’ll feel small at times and out of control. I used to criticize myself for holding on so tightly. You’ll see why it had to be that way. You were small so you could grow. What’s hard about being told to [...]

10 02, 2016

Agree/Disagree Versus Alignment

By | February 10th, 2016|Listening, Minding the Gap, Possibility|0 Comments

For the last 10 years with BoldLeaders I have been able to chew on, think through, play with and take apart some concepts and conversations that I find really valuable, and the best part has been that I have done this in tandem with thousands of people from around the world, diverse in every way you can name. One such concept has been the difference between Agreeing and Aligning. Think through this with me: it is easy (and we spend a lot of time doing it because it IS easy) to Agree or Disagree with something. We simply do it and our position is NOT dependent or tied to another person’s. It is happening all over the world today – silos getting built, either-or’s staked to the [...]

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