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SHOULD WE CARE IF A RAPIST SUFFERS? WHAT WOULD MARTIN LUTHER KING JR SAY?
SHOULD WE CARE IF A RAPIST SUFFERS WHEN HE’S PUT TO DEATH? WHAT WOULD MARTIN LUTHER KING JR SAY? When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech, I was just four years old; my Welsh grandmother and I watched him on a tiny television screen that was transmitting mostly << Read More

AT THE END OF MY ROPE — Lesson #10
Three days in the slot canyons of Southern Utah would challenge and change me in many ways for which I’m grateful, though I didn’t  feel that way at the time.  The cuts, scrapes, bruises, meltdowns, and moments of extreme self-doubt were hard to endure, but they were also transformational. I also learned the value of << Read More

SOMETIMES YOU SHOULD JUST SHUT THE HELL UP — Leadership Lesson #9
  I forgot to tell you one important story from Day One of the 3-day canyoneering  course, where just about everything was new and terrifying.  At the conclusion of the very last rappel, which was probably a relatively easy 20 or 30 feet, I could see the way out of the canyon, through a tiny << Read More

IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT YOU — Leadership Lesson #8
We all have moments that are burned into our memories.  For me, one such moment is rappelling into a waterfall using just one simple knot (the Munter hitch)  I tied with my own hands.  Dying really could have been a consequence of flubbing it.  When I committed my weight to the Munter hitch and it held, << Read More

ALL BETS ARE OFF — LEADERSHIP LESSON #7
      After rappelling into a tree, having a meltdown on the edge of a giant drop, being lowered via rope by a classmate I didn’t trust – I thought that Day Two in the slot canyons of southern Utah had offered up more travail than any one urbanized person should have to handle.  << Read More

Life isn’t always a do-over: LEADERSHIP LESSON 6
Some of the most important lessons I’ve learned have come in the wake of hardship and trials. One experience in particular helped make me a better leader, and a stronger, more resilient version of myself.  Three days navigating the slot canyons of Utah tested every one of my physical and mental limits, but all for << Read More

LEADERSHIP LESSONS 4 & 5: Fear is nothing to be afraid of
Some of the most important lessons I’ve learned have come in the wake of hardship and trials. One experience in particular helped make me a better leader, and a stronger, more resilient version of myself.  Three days navigating the slot canyons of Utah tested every one of my physical and mental limits, but all for << Read More

SEPTEMBER 30, 2011: LEADERSHIP LESSON #3: No, you DON’T know everything
Some of the most important lessons I’ve learned have come in the wake of hardship and trials. One experience in particular helped make me a better leader, and a stronger, more resilient version of myself.  Three days navigating the slot canyons of Utah tested every one of my physical and mental limits, but all for << Read More

SEPTEMBER 22, 2011. LEADERSHIP LESSON #2: SUCCUMB
  Perched over my very first intentional step off a cliff, I wasn’t sure I could do it.  Moments earlier, during my first Leadership Lesson in the canyon, the guide — Jonathan —  had given me all the training I needed to make this first rappel a success, yet fear was eating me alive.  As << Read More

SEPTEMBER 8, 2011: LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM THE EDGE. LESSON #1 — HUMILITY
  Some of the most important lessons I’ve learned have come in the wake of hardship and trials. One experience in particular helped make me a better leader, and a stronger, more resilient version of myself.  Three days navigating the slot canyons of Utah tested every one of my physical and mental limits, but all << Read More

SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 — MAY I LEAD YOU…ASTRAY?
You’d think that after all this time I’d approach a new adventure shouting yee-HAW instead of murmuring uh-oh.  After intentionally scaring myself half to death at least 100 times and coming out of those situations alive —  I still picture the new adventure in my mind and immediately feel the butterflies in my stomach spring << Read More