Author Archives: Susan Palmer Consulting, LLC

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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Leadership Library Review: Three Excellent Resources for Understanding Race, Caste and Antiracism

March 2021 What’s the problem with being “not racist”?  It is a claim that signifies neutrality: “I am not a racist but neither am I aggressively against racism.”  But there is no neutrality in the racism struggle.  The opposite of … Continue reading

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Lift Up Your Mojitos: Dessa’s “Who’s Yellen Now?”

February 2021 She’s the first that’s led The Council of Economic Advisers, Tresh and the Fed, She needs a three-sided coin that always comes up heads To put the triple crown down when she goes to bed Janet Yellen’s back!  … Continue reading

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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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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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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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