The Atlas

Grow or Die - Accountability

A week into global protesting about unchecked police brutality against people of color, as sparked by the murder of George Floyd, Lawrence and I discuss a core principle that has become a missing element in our social contract that has contributed to our current problem: lack of accountability. But accountability is both a macro and micro issue, and by figuring out how to start holding ourselves and the people in our lives accountable is an important starting point in any social justice effort, particularly as we are seeing in Black Lives Matter.

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I don't know what to say

For me to be at a loss for words is not exactly normal. But that's a bit how I'm feeling right now. And as a rather prototypical extrovert, if there is anything that makes me feel uncomfortable, it's not knowing what to say. My podcasting partner, Lawrence Henderson, always talks about the importance of "getting comfortable with being uncomfortable." I keep reminding myself of that being uncomfortable is part of the point.

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Grow or Die - Leadership, Empathy, Privilege and Judgement

In this week's episode Lawrence and I took on a tangled web of big -- and highly intertwined -- topics, starting with leadership in the time of Covid-19, why empathy matters, how that fosters privilege, and ultimately where it all starts: judgement.

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Forming a more perfect union for all of us

What each of us considers normal is a function of our daily lives. This is something that most of us recognize, but we often forget that our version of normal is not the same as other people's. Over time, losing awareness of this divide is where a lot of us-vs-them rhetoric emerges, leading to insular worldviews and privilege we don't even realize we have.

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Grow or Die - Mystery Box #11 - Exercising Compassion

In this week's Coaching Mystery Box, Lawrence asked the question about how to be compassionate -- both to yourself and to others, particularly in this time of difficulty.

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Routine as a Brain-Hack

My knee-jerk reaction has always been to balk at the idea of routine. Just as a concept, it sounds so conformist -- something 180 degrees from the way in which I like to think of myself -- that I have historically resisted the idea that I was better off with them. But both science and age/experience have gradually convinced me. And on Sunday night, I was listening to a conversation about the mental health challenges people are facing as a result of Covid-19, and the topic of routines came up again.

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Grow or Die - Starting to Look Towards the Next Normal

Instead of our standard weekly Coaching Mystery Box, today Lawrence and I discussed some of the things we are seeing emerge as considerations for a world struggling to find some version of normal with Covid-19 still unchecked, States starting to re-open and more than 36MM unemployed Americans as of early-May 2020.

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An attitude vs. a practice

Throughout her work, Brene Brown often makes a distinction between having a attitude and having a practice when it comes to something -- gratitude, authenticity, etc. The example she cites is yoga: She has yoga pants and a yoga mat, which may mean she can claim a yoga attitude, but she doesn't actually have a yoga practice. There is a difference.

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