How’s your heart? From being busy to just being.

Two incredibly powerful, interlaced lessons about relating to others — about making time to truly be present with another.

In “The Disease of Being Busy,” an article shared by Krista Tippett’s On Being, columnist Omid Safi challenges what seems to have become the way many of us respond to each other when asked, “How are you?” Safi encourages us all to look past the to-do list when answering and instead to know the contents of our hearts — so that we might share heart with others.

And in Elizabeth Lesser’s TED talk, “Say your truths and seek them in others,” she offers a beautiful story about her “soul marrow transplant” with her sister. Lesser describes three lessons: “1) uncover your soul; 2) when things get difficult or painful, stay open; and 3) every now and then, step off your hamster wheel into deep time.” For in that soul-bearing openness of deep time, we discover true connection, compassion, empathy and awe.

And we need a bit more awe in our lives. Awe shared by making time simply to be…with one another.

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  • Maybe one of the most important leadership articles we can read…and implement.

    tags: leader radar leadership newnormal #MustRead #MVIFIshares change

    • Keeping pace with the hockey stick curve of exponential change requires being deliberate about evolving as a leader.
    • Too many leaders — both at the top and across organizations — are taking a linear perspective that focuses on small incremental gains, often achieved by squeezing harder on what they already know. The problem is that, in a world of exponential change, a linear path is an exit ramp.
    • RADAR believes that “new normal” captures the emerging truth that change and volatility will continue to accelerate and intensify. Equally important, we believe many leaders have been led to think that new normal means things will level out again, and that there will once again be stable times they can get their arms around.
    • Transforming from normal to new normal leadership is the single most important variable in sustainable success.
    • transforming how you lead is difficult because leadership has become, more than ever, a team sport. A leadership team’s ability to become more adaptive requires not just individual change, but collective and coordinated change.
    • Something makes us think that greater speed should require more intense focus on the road immediately in front of us. In reality, it is exactly the opposite.
    • The most powerful and dramatic shift you can make toward new normal leadership is to reset your and your team’s perspective, to follow the racer’s rule of thumb and look out of the top 1/3 of the windshield. Like in racing, focusing farther ahead is the key not only to speed, but also to both seeing greater possibility and avoiding potentially
      deadly disruptions.
    • What stands out most about how this team works is the time commitment they make to developing and maintaining up-and-out perspective.
    • “Perspective is worth 80
      IQ points.”
    • However, managing speed requires more than perspective. Leaders also need to develop alignment.
    • In organizations, alignment is what makes foresight an accelerant.
    • Resetting perspective is the most powerful evolutionary step you and your team can make toward new normal leadership.
    • With strategy, sensemaking pushes leaders back into the role of explorer rather than just decider.
    • With leadership development, sensemaking forces leaders to teach high potentials how to learn, rather than what they know.
    • Sensemaking — especially when approached as a team with a goal of producing aligned foresight — gives an organization one of the most remarkable assets imaginable: clarity of possibility.

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  • tags: schedule School Change #MustRead

    • the very existence of Community Time in the schedule sends an important implicit message to students: “We, your teachers, don’t set the agenda for everything that’s important to learn
    • The practice they have gained through Community Time has contributed in part to the success of a new, student-led Community Standards Committee in which students drive topics such as the gender-appropriateness­ of our dress code, raise cultural awareness around identity, and work with the dean of students to address our more serious disciplinary matters. The success of that group, in turn, drives the administration to consider other, bolder means of teaching through experiences and developing programs that reflect the understanding of cognitive science. Ultimately, Community Time is not a final product, but a meaningful step in an ongoing effort to ensure that we are teaching in every aspect of our school day, not just in the classroom.
  • tags: designthinking design_thinking design thinking PBL #mustread #mvifishares atlanta iDiploma

    • I think that this proved further that students should be the ones solving the world’s problems.
    • create a student-led design challenge
    • a bunch of high school students who had never met before can come together and discuss as well as come up with solutions to Atlanta’s biggest problems. This shows that students are capable of a lot more than most adults give them credit for.
  • tags: designthinking design_thinking design thinking School Change schooldesign schoolreform #mvifishares #MustRead

    • We need to look at the world around us and consider what global problems modern society will need our children to solve.
    • America needs massive change in our understanding of the learning experience, not simply in our exam results.
    • to change the world, we need a generation of new minds equipped with new ways of thinking.
    • Prototype Design Camp was created by Christian Long, a visionary educator, to introduce and infuse design thinking skills into the K-12 landscape.

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