Author Archives: Susan Palmer Consulting, LLC

Cosmic Mischief in the Leadership Context

January 2022 In rivers and streams across the globe lives a tube-shaped carnivore. It paralyzes and captures prey with a crown of tentacles, then draws it in through its mouth (which also serves as its anus).  – “Hydra DNA Reveals … Continue reading

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Leadership Library Review — “The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times” with Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams (Celadon, 2021)

December 2021 Hope does not deny all the difficulty and all the danger that exists, but it is not stopped by them.  There is a lot of darkness, but our actions create the light.  – Jane Goodall What are the … Continue reading

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Leadership Library Review: “Navigating the Cultural Shift and Fostering a Developmental Society” (Coaches Rising Interview with Tomas Björkman)

November 2021 We think that we can negotiate with our planetary boundaries and are all subject to the fixed market, when it’s actually the opposite. – Tomas Bjorkman What are the big take-aways? Note: This podcast dialogue speaks not just … Continue reading

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Leadership Library Review — “Proud AND Critical: And-Thinking Applied to Critical Race Theory” by Barry Johnson (Polarity Partnerships, September 2021)

October 2021 If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s birthright…./For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it./If only we’re brave enough to be … Continue reading

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Leadership Library Review — “Waking Up” with Sam Harris: Introductory Course

September 2021 “The purpose of meditation isn’t merely to reduce stress or to make you feel better in the moment—it’s to make fundamental discoveries in the laboratory of your own mind.”  –Waking Up website What are the big take-aways? Writing … Continue reading

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Leadership Library Review — “Where You Are Is Not Who You Are: A Memoir” by Ursula M. Burns (Amistad, 2021)

August 2021 “I could run this place, I remember thinking.” – Ursula Burns What are the big take-aways? This engrossing memoir by the former CEO of Xerox, and the first African American woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company, is … Continue reading

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Leadership Library Review — “The Pause Principle: Step Back to Lead Forward” by Kevin Cashman (Berrett-Koehler, 2012)

July 2021 All real change begins with self-change; pause is a catalyst of self-change. – Kevin Cashman I loved Cashman’s previous leadership handbook, Leadership from the Inside Out, which I previously reviewed here in the Leadership Library and wrote about … Continue reading

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All Play

June 2021 The Antidote to Shame “Playfulness and connectedness are antidotes to shame” declares the warm, savvy and spacious team at Pacific Integral, whose enlightening course on “Emergent Leadership” I participated in this spring.  While Pacific Integral’s assertion resonates completely … Continue reading

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Returning to the Office: Whether, When and How?

May 2021 “[Microsoft] plans to remove restrictions only once the virus acts ‘more like an endemic virus such as the seasonal flu,’ an executive wrote.” In the U.S. and some other parts of the world where Covid-19 vaccines have been … Continue reading

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Leading in the Bardo

April 2021 The rupture of bardo inevitably leads to whatever is next…Impermanence is not just an illuminator of loss. It is an illuminator of newness, the ever-unfolding present moment and its creativity.  –Pema Khandro Rinpoche Springtime as Bardo At this … Continue reading

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