Highlights from Recent Travels: Learning, Connections, and Beauty

Highlights from our Recent Travels: Embodied Learning,

Connections, and Beauty

GRTL has been out and about learning and connecting with new communities and old friends. We have been to conferences, network meetings, and retreats ranging from socially responsible business gatherings to celebrations honoring community, the Earth and Spring. We have been moved, inspired, and deeply enriched in so many ways. We offer you a selection of highlights from our journeys.

Jodi Clark had the chance to meet long time GRTL comrade, Lori Darley on the stage with Second City Improv Theater at the Conscious Capitalism Conference in Chicago. The activity required that someone boldly stepped in first, striking a pose. The next person to boldly step in needed to join them, striking another pose in relationship to the first, creating a human sculpture. It was an embodied way to explore sharing leadership: How do we begin? We begin together. Boldly. We each all commit to a turn to step in and shine both alone and together.

WorkHuman and Conscious Capitalism, along with all of the other gatherings, offered us a great deal of new learning resources to dive into. Here is a selection of some of the top resources and topics we gathered on creating more human-centered workplaces, showing up powerfully with our presence in our work, and boldly creating happiness along the way.

Our Lori Hanau had the opportunity to hear from so many luminary leaders in the field of humanizing the workplace at WorkHuman 2016 in Orlando, FL. This presentation from Amy Cuddy on the power of presence was among many insightful explorations. How we hold our bodies relates to our presence and our relationship to our own power. We love the quotation from Maya Angelou:

“Stand up straight and realize who you are, that you tower over your circumstances. Stand up straight.”

An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey (Book excerpt in Stanford Social Innovation Review)

Top Down Solutions Like Holocracy Won’t Fix Bureaucracy by Gary Hamel (Harvard Business Review)

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy (Book)
Also View her TED Talk: How Your Body Language Defines Who You Are

Before Happiness: How Creating a Positive Reality First Amplifies Your Levels of Happiness and Success by Shawn Achor (Book)
Also View his TEDx Talk: The Happy Secret to Better Work 

Along the way, we also came across new inspiration from places and people who have been steadily there for us. This poem from David Whyte came our way as we are just starting to arrive back, but still feeling a bit between places both physically and within ourselves. We so appreciate how he captures and celebrates the beauty and complexity of being in the thick of transformation, transition, and moving forward into what lies ahead.


By David Whyte (a work in progress)

So that
I stopped
and looked
into the sun,

seeing not only
my reflected face
but the great sky
that framed
my lonely figure

and after a moment
I lifted my hands
and then my eyes
and I
allowed myself
to be

by the great
calling to me
like an
and unspoken
like something
in one moment
both calling to me
and radiating
from where I stood,

as if I could
I had been given
and everything
taken from me

as if I could be
I have learned
and everything
I could know,

as if I knew
in that moment
both the way
I had come
and, secretly,

the way
I was still
promised to go,

brought together,
like this,
with the
unyielding ground
and the symmetry
of the moving sky,
caught in still waters.

I have been,
and someone
I am just,
about to become,

something I am
and will be forever,
the sheer generosity
of being loved
through loving:
the miracle reflection
of a twice blessed life.

Wishing you all a twice blessed life in all of your journeys, wherever they are leading you.

Where have you been lately that has left you inspired? We would love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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