My journey into the leadership world has been as a coach, a teacher/trainer and a scholar.
In addition to my writing, I coach individuals to support greater personal and professional strength as leaders, in whatever context they’re working. This includes working as a writing coach, career coach, and goal-keeper for people struggling to live a full and satisfying life, and, as Gandhi famously is said to have said, “be the change they want to see in the world.”
I began my study of change through my scholarly and ethnographic research in Performance Studies, earning an interdisciplinary Ph.D. that focused on the ways individual shifts, group dynamics and cultural shifts are related in the performance of core stories, relationships and transformational development. I believe it’s up to leadership researchers and development specialists to ask the hard questions about change, finding ways to ground our research in practice, in sustainable learning and a generous but rigorous approach to solutions that honor the high stakes we face in today’s formidable challenges.
My coaching, research and training strategies are also informed by my decade-long study of traditional Hawaiian culture as well as years of experience as a mentor and healer in Hawaiian energetics, which understands a person’s energy and life as a system of stories, habits and situations that must be taken as a whole to support healthy change. As leaders, we begin with ourselves, and grow with our communities as we learn forward. Choosing a vision and story that will inspire us to greater connection and impact.
I also offer trainings for groups and organizations, most recently in Leading through Archetypes and Roles, but also in such topics as Shapeshifter Leadership (Developing Flexible Authenticity for Innovation) and Effective Communication through the power of Leadership Story. I’m interested in building alliances with creative educational, non-profit and social change organizations, so we can create innovative, community-strengthening solutions for the challenges we face now.
My Hawaiian teacher often says, “With this work, anything is possible,” and I have found that to be true — with a clear focus and the willingness to do our part in the longterm process of growing, healing and collaborating.
I teach educational leadership in the Educational Leadership Ph.D. at the University of New England. I have been a teacher of leadership at Union Institute and University’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, and in China through UNVA’s MBA program. I also currently teach in Pacifica Graduate Institute’s MA program.
In addition to this blog, my leadership work includes:
“Revolution from Within: Leadership Blockbusters and their Implications for Leadership Theory and Professional Development for Girls and Young Women.” Women and Leadership: Threading the Needle for Applied Theory. Jossey-Bass. In Press. June, 2016.
Storyweaving Playbook One: Answer the Call to Adventure. Storyweaving Press, 2015.
A self-paced exploration of your goals and dreams that energizes your professional and personal journey. Paperback available directly from me, with an option for a dynamic online webinar to accompany and motivate your process. Ebook available from Amazon.com.
“Malala Yousafzai: The Power and Paradox of International Celebrity.” Global Women’s Leadership, Berrett-Koehler (IAP). October, 2014.
“Guideposts for Success in 2014: Recent Literature on Positive Youth Development, Strengths-Based Approaches, and the Power of Connection.” with George Tilson, Ph.D. Prepared for the Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, D.C., March, 2014.
“Review: The Fall of the Alphas (Ardi, St. Martin’s Press, 2013).” Integral Leadership Review, April, 2014.
“Review: Global Business Leadership, 2nd Ed. (Wibbeke and McArthur, Routledge, 2014). Integral Leadership Review, February, 2014.
“Leadership Is a Lived Story: A Call for Radical Embodiment and Soul Resilience in Transformational Leadership Development.” Integral Leadership Review. 2013. http://integralleadershipreview.com/8586-leadership-is-a-lived-story-a-call-for-radical-embodiment-and-soul-resilience-in-transformational-leadership-development/
“Shapeshifter Leadership.” Transformational Thinking for 21st Century Leadership. Jossey-Bass. 2011. Nominated for International Leadership Association, Best Leadership Book Award, 2014.
“Green Business Leadership.” Business Leadership Review. December, 2011.