How often do we have the opportunity to choose between character building actions versus those actions we find comforting? While in a meeting with my colleague Bonnie Ferreira, the CEO of American Leadership Forum-Mountain Valley Chapter, she made the comment that she was making a conscious effort to choose character building over comfort.
Category Archives: Authenticity
Have you ever taken the time to get away from daily responsibilities and truly look at where you are in your life and where you want to be? I did just that over the last 48 hours in a cabin in the mountains by myself. I had been thinking of doing this towards the end of the year but I hadn’t decided exactly how I would go about it
Inspirational leadership – Women in coffee working together to improve the lives of women and their communities around the world
Every once in a while there is an experience that is so incredible it’s hard to know how to describe it. This is the situation with my recent trip to El Salvador in Central America. I was asked to do a keynote speech at the International Women’s Coffee Alliance Convention. The IWCA is an organization that strives to create a difference in the world of coffee. Their mission is to “empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives; and to encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry.”
It’s important to reflect every now and then on our lives to determine if we are on a journey that will be remembered as a good journey only to be defined by the traveler. Campbell’s example of Indra’s Net of interconnected gems is an apt metaphor to contemplate.
I recently had the opportunity to go on a cruise in the eastern Mediterranean. One thing I loved about this cruise was the diversity of cultures of both the crew and the fellow cruisers. There were 42 countries represented from the cruisers and over 50 countries from the crew.
I had a very interesting lunch this past week with Garry Tabor, a fellow board member who is the President of a distribution company, Heico Distribution Group, LLC. In the course of our discussion he made a statement that really resonated with me regarding the “conscience” of a company. We were discussing the hard decisions leaders of a company have to make along with how the company and its leaders are held accountable.
How does a person prepare to run 100 miles climbing over 18,000 feet and descending close to 23,000 feet in elevation throughout a course that is on a wilderness trail and fluctuates from extreme cold to extreme heat? And did I mention the 100 miles is run in one day by many of the runners?!
Some people are more comfortable with change than others. Taking an organization or situation from one state and transforming it to another — whether it is business, personal or making the world a better place—is what I truly enjoy, what I thrive on. It comes from my childhood. My father is a retired admiral from the US Navy. We were a typical military family; by the time I was 12 years old I had lived in 11 different residences across multiple states.
I had the honor of attending the graduation of the 2011 class of the United States Air Force Academy. My niece, Maggie Goff, was one of around 200 women out of 1021 graduates in this year’s class. What an amazing young woman she is! Attending a four year university is rigorous enough; add on top the military training and regimen, wow.
The New Leadership Imperative: Top ten things you must build into your leadership toolkit to thrive in the next decade
The world is evolving at a rate that is challenging everyone to keep up! As leaders we must evolve with these changes in order to be successful. There are many dynamics that come into play in the business environment, and life in general. We have globalization of our economy which translates into many cultures coming together in organizations and throughout your customer base.
The Power of Diversity to Transform your Organization
"Woven Leadership is one of the freshest concepts in the field of building a vibrant organization that will empower the reader to a new standard of excellence and performance. A must-read for all managers desiring to be their best!"- Todd Duncan, New York Times best-selling author
"Kim Box's Woven Leadership shows how much stronger you and your team will be when different types of people and talents are woven together." - Jennifer Basye Sander, New York Times best-selling author and speaker
Introduction to Woven Leadership
"It's time to start recognizing that leadership comes in all shapes and sizes, demographics and life experiences. We must see diversity as a secret weapon to be exploited in order to build the most successful organization. And we must also acknowledge that acting based on our own authenticity is imperative to weaving together the strength of the very fabric of the organization. We will explore why diversity and authenticity are now requirements for any organization that wants to succeed." - Chapter 1-Woven Leadership