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Reinventing Organizations

When author Frederic Laloux asked me to talk with him about the new book he was writing, I was intrigued by his premise because it matches our own here at the Center for Courage & Renewal. If we are to overcome the daunting problems of our times, we will need new types of organizations―more purposeful  Continue Reading »

Approaching Integrity

We work so hard to get somewhere, to realize a dream, to arrive at some destination, that we often forget that though some satisfaction may be waiting at the end of our endurance and effort, there is great and irreplaceable aliveness in the steps along the way. We are always approaching integrity, never arriving at  Continue Reading »

The Genius of Movements – Choosing Integrity

CNN’s John Blake posted an article we highly recommend: “When the country commemorates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28, some will ask if the nation needs another civil rights movement today. Here’s another question: What makes a movement work in the first place?” Read it at Blake drew on  Continue Reading »

Reconnecting through Reunions

Do you find the talk at class reunions banal? How often do former classmates truly share authentic life stories? Or even show up at all? Wanting to help create a more meaningful experience, I joined the planning committee for my Stanford MBA 25-year reunion. My hope was to introduce the Center for Courage & Renewal’s  Continue Reading »

Recovering Hope, Poetry and Connection in Health Care

I recently attended the conference/retreat “Integrity in Health Care: The Courage to Lead in a Changing Landscape.” I arrived there in the usual state for me, tired, stressed and struggling to balance all of my clinical and administrative responsibilities with the rest of my life. I work as a psychiatrist and as Clinical Director at  Continue Reading »

What’s the value of staying true to self?

What is the cost of not cultivating our own integrity? Some say this is “touchy feely,” or “it would be nice if we had the time and resources,”  or “it is really not about the important stuff.” Nothing could be further from what I know is true. The cost can ripple out into the world  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 »

Brené Brown and the Courage to be Vulnerable

Courage & Renewal facilitator Karen Erlichman called the attention of our network of facilitators to a recent Brené Brown interview: Many of you are fans of Krista Tippett and On Being (formerly called “Speaking of Faith) and of Brené Brown’s work. Brené was recently interviewed by Krista Tippett, and spoke passionately about her research on  Continue Reading »

Prescribing Integrity in Health Care

Primary Care Physician Anand Shah speaks to the value of the Integrity in Health Care Institute In April 2013, the Center for Courage & Renewal will host its 2nd Annual Health Care Institute, “Integrity in Health Care: The Courage to Lead in a Changing Landscape,” a gathering of physicians and health care professionals who will  Continue Reading »

Walking the Talk

I recently returned from participating in the Center’s first Academy for Leaders program where 32 leaders from around the nation gathered for a spring and fall retreat with monthly calls in between. During this last retreat, I received some very difficult health news that I chose to share and people responded with such tenderness and  Continue Reading »