Author Archives: Susan Palmer Consulting, LLC

Leadership Library Review — “Beginning” in “Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words” by David Whyte (Many Rivers, Rev. 2019)

January 2021 A collection of short essays that is astounding in its loveliness and profundity all the way through, Consolations is one of those books that can always speak to me at any moment – as the curator of my … Continue reading

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Leadership Library Review — Kamala and Doug: Extraordinary, and Not

December 2020 Fellas, this is how it’s done Less famous, of course, than vice president-elect Kamala Harris’s warm and glittering election speech on November 7th (and the unspoken words of her white pantsuit on this centennial anniversary of the 19th … Continue reading

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Leadership Library: In Praise of Ambiguity (The Rubber Chicken of Reality)

November 2020 Suffering, possibility and leadership In recent weeks I have been finding solace and sanity in contemplating this astonishing nugget from Pema Chödrön’s When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambhala, 2016, p. 52): As human beings, … Continue reading

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Leadership Library: “You Make the Path by Walking”

October 2020 “You Make the Path by Walking” A favored quotation of poet David Whyte’s is this one from the 19th-century Spanish writer, Antonio Machado: Pathmaker, your footstepsare the path and nothing more;pathmaker, there is no path,you make the path … Continue reading

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Leadership Library Review — A Trifecta of Soul Balms: Three Books for Autumn in the Pandemic

September 2020 “Joy is the kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.” –David Steindl-Rast A Trifecta of Soul Balms: Three Books for Autumn in the Pandemic Are you nervous about the fall and winter?  I am.  Perhaps like … Continue reading

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Leadership Library Review: “Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation” by John Lewis

August 2020 “Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation” by John Lewis (New York Times, 7/30/20) “Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called … Continue reading

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Understanding Implicit (Unconscious) Bias

July 2020 Understanding Implicit (Unconscious) Bias As a self-described progressive white, middle-aged woman I was initially taken aback by the results of the three Implicit Association Tests I took a few years ago at Harvard’s Project Implicit website which revealed … Continue reading

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To What Leadership Opportunities Are We Awakening?

June 2020 To What Leadership Opportunities Are We Awakening? The pandemic news is tough; it’s relentless, emotionally exhausting, and carries more information and questions and implications than our brains can comprehend.  Anxiety is a natural response to such extreme incoherence … Continue reading

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For Leaders, What Does “Planning” Look Like Now?

May 2020 For Leaders, What Does “Planning” Look Like Now? Whether we choose to adopt this perspective or not, we humans are being individually and collectively transformed – as a species – by the Covid-19 global phenomenon.  The pandemic is … Continue reading

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Leadership Library Review: Seven Things I Am Learning from My Clients in the Pandemic

April 2020 What I Am Learning from My Clients In the weeks since the pandemic began I have been astounded, heartened and elevated by everything that my leadership coaching and consulting clients are teaching me and – insofar as I … Continue reading

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