Author Archives: Susan Palmer Consulting, LLC

Leadership Library Review: “Lessons from Plants” by Beronda Montgomery (Harvard, 2022)

November 2022 We would do well in our interactions with others to consider how we take care of plants.  For the most part, we begin from the expectation that the plant has the ability to grow and thrive.  When the … Continue reading

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Seeing with a Full Moon in Each Eye

October 2022 Admit something: Everyone you see, you say to them, “Love me.” Of course you do not do this out loud, otherwise someone would call the cops. Still, though, think about this, this great pull in us to connect. … Continue reading

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Leadership Library Review: “Unleash Your Complexity Genius: Growing Your Inner Capacity to Lead” by Jennifer Garvey Berger and Carolyn Coughlin (Stanford, 2022)

September 2022 It turns out that when we need to handle complexity the most, we often are least able to…Complexity tends to trigger us, to make us anxious or afraid or overwhelmed. When this happens, our nervous system creates a … Continue reading

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Leadership Library Review: “Leader as Healer” by Nicholas Janni (LID, 2022)

August 2022 The cultures in which toxic leaders hold the greatest power are those that uphold the outmoded belief that traits like empathy, vulnerability and connection equate to weakness…Executors endorse these biases, while Healers dismantle them. The Leader as Healer … Continue reading

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It’s a VUCA and a BANI World

July 2022 The BANI framework offers a lens through which to see and structure what’s happening in the world. At least at a surface level, the components of the acronym might even hint at opportunities for response: brittleness could be … Continue reading

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Leadership Library Review – “Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street” (HBO, 2021)

June 2022 “She is doing what television would do if it loved people instead of trying to sell to people.” – Official Trailer “Street Gang” is the story of many leaders contributing to the collective “workshop” leadership journey of bringing … Continue reading

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Nature, Human Nature and Leadership

May 1, 2022 [T]here is great solace in remembering that what we call human nature, with all of its terrors and transcendences and violent contradictions, is a humble subset of nature itself: In nature, where stars are always being born … Continue reading

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Leadership, Depression and Possibility in These Times

April 2022 If you are not depressed, you are (probably) out of touch….Yes, people are depressed. But a diagnosis of physical or emotional depression does not take into account the agency of the human spirit, the agency of our better … Continue reading

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Leadership Library Review: “Your Body Is Your Brain” by Amanda Blake (Trokay Press, 2018)

March 2022 There is one thing that, when cultivated and regularly practiced, leads to deep spiritual intention, to peace, to mindfulness and clear comprehension, to vision and knowledge, to a happy life here and now, and the culmination of wisdom … Continue reading

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Leadership Library Review — “The Science of Life and Wellbeing: Integrating the New Science of Consciousness with the Ancient Science of Consciousness” by Frederick Chavalit Tsao (Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, Vol. 18, 2021)

February 2022 [S]o, with a higher elevation of awakening of consciousness, with the practice of mindfulness toward oneness, and with the new worldview that is arising, by the year 2030 we are going to be looking at systemic change quite … Continue reading

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