Fierce Leadership, A sign of hope in complex times

Fierce Leadership, A Sign of Hope in Complex Times

By Eileen Reardon / December 15, 2017

I have been struck of late – in awe really – of extraordinary leadership shown by an uncommon breed of leaders I have the privilege of witnessing in my personal life and as a professional coach. Their brand of fierce leadership has inspired me to write about them as a way of understanding and sharing their recipe. I’m talking about educators, civil servants and business leaders I observe everyday, navigating an unprecedented and increasingly complex terrain of inadequate budgets, politics, an increasing prevalence and awareness of mental health issues, or all of the above! Our world is filled with seemingly…

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Human Beings vs Human Doings by Eileen Reardon, FireInside.ca

Human Beings or Human Doings?

By Eileen Reardon / December 12, 2016

Somewhere along the way in my journey to becoming a coach I remember reading the phrase “we are human beings, not human doings.” The author was making the point that as leaders we sometimes tend to focus solely on results and getting things done – the doing part of contributing to the systems we serve. And consequently, we sometimes forget about how we are achieving things – the being part, which can be critical to recovery and creating capacity in our teams and organizations. But what does it really mean; this doing versus being thing?  We still have to get stuff done, you may be saying. …

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Unexpected Light by Eileen Reardon for FireInside.ca

Unexpected Light

By Eileen Reardon / December 12, 2015

“When it is dark enough you can see the stars.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emmerson It’s amazing how a tragedy can crystalize our thinking or galvanize us:  a call for peace in the days that followed the Paris bombings, a desire to respond to the plight of Syrian refugees, kindness in response to the death of a loved one.  In a single week I was touched by all three of these events and began to notice the natural opposites that emerge in circumstances like these.  Whether it is a world–wide cry for peace resulting from violence or overwhelming kindness and support in…

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