“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from.”
In the summer of 1995, our family moved to Hendersonville to start a new chapter in our lives. At that time, I started a consulting practice, Community of Leadership, LLC, that has been my principal focus of work for the past two decades.
Over the past five years, it has become increasingly obvious that the consulting work that I was doing had run its course. The context of work and business had changed significantly, and, how organizations used consultants had changed as well.
In the spring of 2012, I came to the conclusion that everything that I had been doing was done. I did not take that as a defeat or failure, but simply as one of those transition points in life and work that I continually talk about with people. I began a process of self-reflection and prayer to discern what my impact should be over the last third of my life. I knew that if everything is ending, then it means that something is beginning.
In November of last year, I came to a final realization as this process of reflection on personal change reach a climax. The realization that I came to was for me to restart my work required me to move away from Asheville and Western North Carolina where I’ve lived for the past twenty years.
As of March 1, I begin the next chapter of my life and work as a resident of Jackson, Wyoming. While many of the details and the timeline are still in their formative stages, my plan is to focus on two projects. One is the writing of a book on personal leadership that I’m calling “The Story We Tell Ourselves.” This book, based upon my Circle of Impact Leadership model, rises from work that I’ve been doing with a group of young women who are in an addiction recovery program here in Western North Carolina. These women embodied the desire, the will and the commitment to change unlike any group of people that I’ve ever known. They are my inspiration for writing a book that I’m convinced with inspire others as these women have inspired me.
My second project is the restart of my Community of Leadership business as Circle of Impact Leadership Solutions. My purpose is to produce tools and products that support leaders and the development of leaders in organizations. I do this from the conviction that the approach to leadership that we all followed in the 20th century into the 21st, is no longer viable or healthy. Instead, I see a great need to develop organizational structures that equip and empower all the employees and constituents of an organization to take leadership initiative in problem solving, collaboration, and internal communication.
I do plan to split my time between Jackson, Asheville and Ventura, Ca. I look forward to those of you who travel to see the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks to let me know you are coming. As many of you know from me, friendship transcends time and space. As my new work develops, a new website will be created, and, opportunities to speak and conduct workshops will be sought. We are at a very tenuous moment in human history. It is time that we all, regardless of who we are, where we live and what role we play in our families, businesses or communities, focus on the contributions that we individually and collectively need to make to create a more peaceful, sustainable world.
May you inspire leadership initiative in others.