A few weeks ago, I was chatting with a friend, and she said that one of the things she would love to achieve is better balance! When I survey women in my programs and conferences about issues they are grappling with, balance is always at the top of the list. Now I have a personal view about balance, but before I share that, let's consider the dictionary definition of balance. Balance is a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.
As a general rule, most of us tend to think of balance or the balance of life in the context of the noun definition. Balance is a place where our spiritual, mental, and physical are all aligned. It's the place where we feel peaceful, satisfied, and at the top of our games.
However, my personal view is that perfect alignment is, well, just plain old, not possible. I mean, who gets to exist in a constant state of perfect harmony all the time, in fact ANY time? In my experience life does not work that way....
Throughout my career, I've been responsible for creating development strategies for organizations. One thing that always stuck out for me is that in almost every organization, the number one development area is communication. The type of communication varies dramatically depending on level and position. However, the one fact that firmly remains is we all want to communicate effectively to convey information, deliver results, and create connections.
Whether you're a leader or an employee, there are four conversations that you should be having on a very regular basis.
This month my theme is Conversation's Matter, and today's blog will explore some of the conversations that we - the collective "we," both leaders and employees - should be having regularly.
The first conversation is the what makes you tick conversation?
Now, most people, when they start a new role, skip this conversation because most of the onboarding...
Real change happens when people choose to let down walls and invite someone different in. Today we introduce you to 3 Voices Practical Choices. This thought leadership series brings together "the unlikely team" of Lorene, Leah & Gavin to discuss everyday actions companies and individuals can take to create a more inclusive world. While the issues may be complex, change can be accelerated through daily, intentional, heartfelt conversations and actions that break down barriers and walls. So welcome to our conversation, always with each other and sometimes with a guest. Every article that we share will help us move; you move, companies move, and be the change that we want to see in the world. Let's get started!
Why is DEI Important to you, and how did you come to connect with 3 Voices Practical Choices?
Growing up in the large Caribbean island of Jamaica, my childhood affirmed that I was important, valued, included, and that anything was...
One of the greatest fears that most people have, is the fear of failure. From the time we are children, we are taught that success is achieving. Good grades, first in sports, best school project. We are taught to win, to want to be out front, to build a “portfolio” that will get us into the best colleges and lead us into the right future roles.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that those things are bad or worth striving for. BUT the question is how do we deal with failure? Society teaches us to push for the top, but does not readily create the cushion to land on when we at some point inevitably fail.
Curious, I asked the following question on social media…
Complete this sentence. There is no such thing as failure, only...
I then waited with anticipation to see what people would say and was pleasantly surprised to get so many thoughtful responses. Here are my top 5:
There is no such thing as failure, only perspective
Here at Conduit International, aka leah jm dean headquarters, we've embraced April as the month to try something new.
Now I love organization, and I am always on the lookout for ways to drive results creating a plan and then strategically executing on that plan. However, I know for some, the very thought of planning makes you want to cringe.
This month, I wanted to share a few of the things that I do to stay on top of my work and get results with my team. As you kick off the next quarter, I hope you find one tip to help you drive your business and your results forward.
In the last 6-9 months I have implemented something called 90 Minute Sprints.
90 Minute Sprints is a method of work that requires me to be very, very intentional about the project that I am working on.
In its simplest form, I pick a task and focus on JUST THAT task for 90 minutes, nothing else, nothing more. Everything else except that task is turned OFF -...
It's March plus it’s Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day just came and went. This month is a month filled with so much inspiration surrounding us, encouraging us to empower women. And while it's an important opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women, it's also important we use this time to:
The best way to do all that and more is by taking time this month to LIFT each other up, to LIFT women and empower each other, and notice that when we support and LIFT women we can bring about positive change and create a more equal world. Take time today to L.I.F.T. a woman up in your life:
Let's dive further into how we can LIFT women in 2021.
Between the pandemic turning our world upside down and unprecedented challenges we never imagined, many of us couldn't wait until 2020 was over and 2021 to be here. Now that 2021 is here, many of us are still doing our best to adapt to the “new normal." It's hard not to feel anxious about the future, especially in light of a new year.
One thing we know for certain is that regardless of what happens next, you’ll still need your tribe and support group. Hopefully, you’ve been leaning into your relationships already for comfort and support. If you haven’t, it’s not too late to start. Our relationships are key to our well-being, and as we continue to manage the stress and uncertainty of the coronavirus, we need our relationships now more than ever. Let’s look at the reasons why.
The following is adapted from Assemble the Tribe.
Our support networks don’t just pick us up when...
By almost any measure, 2020 has been an incredible year. The world has experienced so much loss and pain. However, in the midst of hardship, we have also seen the beauty of humanity and been reminded of the importance of family and relationships. As I pause and reflect, I would like to share my annual Holiday Message. From my family to yours, Happy Holidays.
Even if we can't be physically together as friends and family, my prayer is that we can still find ways to love each other and connect. Whether we are together, apart, or remembering loved ones, let us take the time to connect with our tribes any way that we can. We need people and they need us, especially this holiday season.
Thank you to each and every one of you, for your love, support, well wishes, and friendship as we connect and build our tribes in a whole new way. Be well, stay safe, and stay connected.
Today I get to share my “baby” with all of you. To be honest it’s a little nerve-wracking! As with human babies we birth, there are some parts of them you may love, while you would prefer to set aside others. My hope is that every single person who reads Assemble the Tribe will join me on this journey of the tribe and experience a shift for themselves, their tribes, and the next generation of young women.
Ok, ok, so much is happening today! Today all across the world you will be able to purchase your copy of Assemble the Tribe! You can also join me on social media as I share messages about the book. Please share posts about the book with your friends and connections and invite them to join the tribe! Let's get the message of the book out there. Last but not least, tonight there will be a virtual launch party. You can register here! Join the party!
Today I am SUPER excited, she says in her excited, yet calm voice! Today I want to share my book-writing journey and the biggest lesson I learned from writing a book.
About five years ago I went on a journey to discover my purpose. I loved my job. I helped leaders build organizations and tribes, but I knew I needed something more. I spent hours in what I call “personal strategic planning.” I dedicated time to thinking, talking to mentors, and praying, but still whatever “it” was, escaped me.
Then one day, I remember it like yesterday, I was sitting in my kitchen and it came to me, “Leah, you are going to use all your talents, experience, and gifts to help women and girls.” Well, who saw that coming? I know I sure did not! However, the push was so clear that I knew it was time to take action. That’s how my journey of bringing women together began.
Shortly after that moment in my kitchen, I got...