A New Essay and a New Era of the Newsletter

A new essay...

Coming Home to Leadership: An Essay on Embodiment, Presence, and Emotional Capacity in Leadership

I recently posted a new essay. It’s the culmination of several months’ worth of thinking, researching, and reflecting.

I’ve been thinking long and hard about what it means to be a leader, what it means to feel, and how the two are intimately connected. Given the nature of the times we are in right now, these themes have become even more relevant.

The central question is this: What would it be like if we, as leaders, could feel, hold, and be with the emotions of anyone and anything?

The essay is an ode to the deeper dimensions of who we are, those parts of us that are always under the surface yet rarely get the chance to see the light.

What can we bring forth?

This is the moment.

Let me know your responses, whatever they might be.

Read the article here, or download a PDF version here.


...and an updated newsletter

This newsletter used to be known as the Read to Rethink Newsletter. For more than two years I sent out monthly editions of book reviews and links to articles.

But we all change, don’t we? We morph, we adapt, we learn. In our daily grappling with life, we continuously discover new aspects of ourselves. If we look closely enough, we realize that we are in constant flux. We are constant flux.

“A person is a fluid process, not a fixed and static entity,” said Carl Rogers, “a flowing river of change, not a block of solid material; a continually changing constellation of potentialities, not a fixed quantity of traits.”

Like the rest of us, I have changed and I am continuing to change. In recent months I have taken stock. The forced cocooning that most of us find ourselves in has made it even clearer. I am looking toward the future with new eyes.

I have come to realize that I want to use this newsletter differently. There are others concepts I want to take on, and new ideas I am eager to digest. I want to share different parts of me with you.

So, this newsletter will now be known as: The Question.

I am a lover of the question. In my work as an executive coach, it’s an essential tool of the trade.

A question is a portal to new horizons. It’s a lamp that sheds new light on the what has been and on what wants to emerge.

To follow questions is to stay in active engagement with life.

In each edition of this newsletter, I will ask one big question to myself and to you, sharing what I discover along the way.

Answers will be absent. I am, as my friend Rob Poynton said of me once, “suspicious of answers”. I intend to continue my skepticism of closing doors with conclusions.

This will be a journey of inquiry. I don't know where the questions will take us, but I will look forward to the ride.

The first edition of the new newsletter will be sent out next week.

What is the question of the first edition? That, indeed, is the question.

See you soon.

/Alex