It’s time for another installment of my bi-weekly email series. In each issue, I share three resources that I have found to be helpful for myself and/or my clients. As a former librarian and a current voracious gatherer of helpful information, I’m constantly listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and watching various videos that spark my interest.

While each of these topics would seem to lack a common focus, they are all about interpersonal communication and interactions.

Listening:

I was fascinated by this podcast made by Radiolab called “What’s Left When You’re Right?” It delves into trust, human differences and what’s evolutionarily helpful about being left-handed in a right-hand dominant world. This particular episode is divided into three different stories, each one perplexing in its own way. It’s always helpful to get answers but sitting with questions that require some deep thought is also helpful. So here’s to the experience of opening up our minds to the question of what really makes human beings tick?

Reading:

book coverA new client of mine turned me on to this author, Jennifer Garvey Berger. She specializes in working with all types of leaders and their relationship to complexity. The most important question they all ask is, “What can I do when I can’t trust my instincts because things are changing quickly and things are complex?” This book is the answer to that question. She discusses five “mindtraps” and how to best deal with them:

  1. the desire for simple stories
  2. the sense that we are right
  3. the desire to get along with others in our group
  4. our fixations with control
  5. our constant quest to defend our egos

This book will also raise questions for you but also point you in the direction of finding helpful answers.

Watching:

Last year I mentioned a book written by my niece, Mollie West Duffy and her colleague, Liz Fosslien called “No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work.” As I was looking through YouTube for a video to post this week, I came across this talk that Mollie gave last year at Google on “Emotions at Work and How They Help Us Succeed.” I didn’t know that she had given this talk so it was a pleasant surprise. It was also fortuitous timing as several of my clients are currently dealing with issues at work that ultimately boil down to being able to appropriately express their feelings in a way that work for them and actually help their colleagues as well. Given that more than one person recently voiced this very issue, I thought that Mollie’s talk might be helpful for you as well.

Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share them with other coaches, friends, clients and people walking the transformational path.

See you again in two weeks,
Judy