by Molly Hughes Wilmer
Effective teams are are rare. During a storm, the team I taught sailing with was tested, and we passed. It felt great to be part of this high-functioning, focused group. Looking back, we can dissect what worked.
Flowers are both lovely and an interesting choice for celebrating one of the toughest jobs of humankind. Being a mother is the most all-in experience of a lifetume, involving body, mind and spirit. This Mother’s Day, I invite you to reflect on the amazing life you have created and the awesome potential within you. Read more.
Remember being told, “There are no stupid questions?” The outlandish questions are usually what lead to the most revolutionary ideas.
Recently, there was something that was intimidating me. A coach asked me, “When did you do something well despite being intimidated?” All of a sudden, I remembered standing on a dock facing a boat full of crew that had no idea who I was.
Understanding your own filters and biases let’s you see and hear people more clearly. For me, it means I have more joy experiencing life with them, and LOTS of laughter. A gift I didn’t expect from tying to walk through life more openly.
The path of self-awareness leads to self-empathy, purpose, and a sense of fulfillment. True fulfillment leads to living a life of purpose, reaching one’s full potential, and experiencing what Joseph Campbell refers to as the “rapture of being alive.”
Good teams can be made stronger by leveraging the science behind group dynamics. Giving your group the space to productively “storm” can help them reach the highest heights to “perform.”
Team racing, what I call “speed chess on the water,” is a mentally challenging sport. The beauty of team racing regattas lies in the ability of sailors to constantly learn and improve, ultimately creating a challenging and fulfilling experience for all involved. A recent three-day regatta demonstrated how humility and vulnerability are the key to success: allowing you to embrace mistakes and learn from them.
Giving negative feedback and bad news is hard. And psychologically, we are amazingly good at rationalizing why we shouldn’t cause someone else harm when we are actually trying to avoid causing ourselves pain. Understanding this helps us be both honest and kind.
You don’t need to be defined by your job title or previous experience. It’s time to push yourself out of your comfort zone and explore what you can create when you’re free to think outside the box – where real transformation begins.
There are times in life when you are forced to press the reset button. And then there are times when you should press the reset button. Growing takes courage. Press it!
Traditional corporate culture is in trouble because the younger generation just will not put up with the negatives of the status quo. They are not ignoring generational differences, and they are not letting others ignore it, either. I just spent a weekend experiencing a front-row seat to the rewriting of the rules. It was inspiring and empowering. Here is what I saw.