A Survivor’s Guide to the Pandemic: “I contain multitudes”

February 3rd, 2021 by Kelly Kienzle

Walt Whitman wrote this line 165 years ago, yet it contains present-day advice on how to create variety out of the boredom and perseverance out of the strain of the pandemic.  Whitman wrote (and Dylan elaborated on it in a song last year) about how he

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My Roulette Wheel of Emotions

September 24th, 2020 by Kelly Kienzle

I had posted more than 80 blogs over the course of 9 years without (much) fail every month.  Then COVID hit and I was suddenly and wholly unable to write. I could not pin down my emotions from one day to the next.  My actions in and reactions

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Letting Go, So as to Create Benefit

April 21st, 2020 by Kelly Kienzle

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The Letting Go I have been rushing down a twisting river and the scenery has been changing daily and sometimes hourly.  As the pandemic gained strength, I tried to understand how it would affect me.  I tried to mentally grasp its size.  I tried to see what benefits it

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Defining Ourselves by Our Potential

January 31st, 2020 by Kelly Kienzle

“We tend to see ourselves as our limitations, instead of our potential.”  I heard this comment recently and was struck by how true it is.  When faced with a challenge, how often do we ask, “How am I unprepared or unsuited to overcome this challenge?”  “What don’t I

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Sailing Along with Forgiveness

December 31st, 2019 by Kelly Kienzle

Forgiveness. How about if we close out 2019 with forgiveness?  Forgiveness washes away the hurt, anger and frustration we feel.  Forgiveness is a way of rising above what has happened to us.  Forgiveness is how we show we are greater and stronger than the roadblocks in our lives.  Forgiveness is

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Mote of Dust Suspended in a Sunbeam

October 24th, 2019 by Kelly Kienzle

Do you remember this photo from 1990? Do you see our “pale blue dot”? Look closely in the center, a bit to the right. This is a photograph taken of the Earth as the Voyager left it behind to explore our solar system.  This photo helps me

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Already That Person

August 28th, 2019 by Kelly Kienzle

The Waiting Place - great illustration from Dr. Seuss - click to see it!

“I am already that person.” This is a new phrase that I re-discovered today as I was looking at some old notes from a few years ago.  I had been talking about a change that I wanted to make in my coaching style but was getting stuck.  My

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The Never-ending Comfort of Now

July 30th, 2019 by Kelly Kienzle

We live so much of our lives in the past or in the future. As leaders, as colleagues, as parents, as friends, we are constantly analyzing and replaying events from the past hour, the past week or the past year.  We also spend large amounts of time

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Your Next Work

June 26th, 2019 by Kelly Kienzle

The Questions As I consider my next birthday, the 50th one, I begin to indulge in fantasies of what and when my retirement will be. What will it look like?  How will I find meaning in what I do each day?  How do I approach this period

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Control and Autonomy with Confidence and Humility

May 7th, 2019 by Kelly Kienzle

The Scene The team’s leader frowned as she clicked forward through the coming months of her calendar. She could see the mounting number of changes that her team would soon face. She could feel her temples start to press inward on her brain as she considered

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