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Empathy, Burnout, and a New Kind of Work

Our capacities for emotion work and professionalized empathy are possibly the most important job skills we possess, even if it’s not in our job description.

Connecting to the Heart of Medicine

“I couldn’t get through residency without a session like this,” said a new pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital. For three hours every three weeks, a group of pediatric residents meets with Dr. Rob Meyer and two of his colleagues to reflect on their experience of practicing medicine. It is a new requirement of the residency  Continue Reading »

How Walk and Talks Transformed a Freshman Class

“There is no curriculum, no test prep software, nothing out there that will make teachers better or improve education in this country more than Courage work,” said Ellie Gilbert, a 9th grade teacher from Oregon. Ellie was a teacher for only three years before she felt completely burned out. “At 22, I felt passion was  Continue Reading »

Rethinking the Violence of Modern Life

Sometimes, when I talk about the value of contemplation, someone will say that contemplation is a cop-out, an escape from the world’s needs. But my experience with activism tells me otherwise, and this quote from Thomas Merton explains why. When we fall into the frenzy of overwork, we do violence to ourselves and kill “the  Continue Reading »

Helping Physicians at Risk from Burnout, Isolation

“I thought I was the only one.”  I’ve stopped counting how many times I’ve heard this statement. Physicians, health care leaders, men, women, nurse leaders, administrators – the list goes on – speaking with some sadness from a history laced with loneliness, and also now with gratitude from the hope stirred by community. I know  Continue Reading »

Courage to Lead is Inspiring a Shift

I came to Courage to Lead® in a state of disillusionment. I was working in a fractured system plagued by too many projects, minimal support and the struggle to maintain its projects in the face of dwindling funds. So I applied for a Santa Barbara-based seasonal retreat series for nonprofit and community leaders, hoping to  Continue Reading »

The Teaching Coats Project

Imagine wearing a “Teaching Coat” that tells the story of who you are, one that challenges you to draw out the best of yourself and clarify your own vision of authentic leadership. This is the idea behind The Teaching Coats Project, and it came to me while reading Parker Palmer’s book, The Courage to Teach.  Continue Reading »

Surviving the Startup Life: The Toll of Merging Identity and Work

How do we protect ourselves from being consumed—body and soul—by the pursuit of our life dreams? We invite you to participate in a live online event with Jerry Colonna and Parker J. Palmer. Join the conversation about finding a way to deal with the “deforming pressures” that threaten to crush the leaders of startup companies.  Continue Reading »

Do you feel ignited or burned-out as a teacher? Poetry to sustain your courage to teach

Enjoy this poem and teacher’s reflection from our first poetry book for teachers, Teaching with Fire. Fire What makes a fire burn is space between the logs, a breathing space. Too much of a good thing, too many logs packed in too tight can douse the flames almost as surely as a pail of water  Continue Reading »

Can We Talk About Our Disagreements?

Courage & Renewal experiences help people practice a new way of having conversations that matter. In this guest blog, Rev. Nathan E. Kirkpatrick (a Courage & Renewal facilitator) suggests a way to hold the tensions in faith communities in more life-giving ways, even in a culture of divisive politics and broken systems. As discussions and  Continue Reading »