Mindfulness

Learning to be OK with discomfort in ourselves and others is critical if we are going to listen, learn and make changes

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 27/07/2020   |   Categories: Compassion, Inspiration, Leadership, Making change, Mindfulness

For those of us who benefit from white privilege we have had an opportunity to stop, reflect and learn more about the racially-based injustices in our world. This has been challenging and uncomfortable at times, and it is very tempting to run away and distract ourselves with something much more pleasant to think about. However, learning to be OK with discomfort in ourselves and others is critical if we are going to listen, learn and make changes for a better world. Read more...


Self-compassion Tuesdays, find your strength in relaxation and renewal

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 05/04/2020   |   Categories: Coaching, Compassion, Leadership, Making change, Mindfulness

It may feel like one hurdle after another right now – each one harder than the next. Bushfires, funding applications, now Covid19. The world is going through climate, health and economic shake up that was not on anyone’s radar 12 or even six months ago. It is OK to feel shaken by all of this – but as leaders you may feel the pressure to show a calm face when underneath you are paddling like mad. Self Compassion is NOT self-pity – but a powerful and practical tool to support you as leaders in difficult circumstances and in rebuilding your team and organisation in the future. Read more...


Lean in to your weak spots and make them your new best friends

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 17/03/2020   |   Categories: Career Development, Inspiration, Making change, Mindfulness

I was talking to my husband about a job which would push me way outside my comfort zone. As I went back and forth on the pros and cons, and whether I actually had the skills and qualifications to do it he looked up from his ipad and said – “Oh just lean in to your imposter syndrome.” Read more...


Collective Actions and Decisions: Making Change

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 25/02/2020   |   Categories: Compassion, Decision Making, Inspiration, Leading in crisis, Making change, Mindfulness

We have been powerfully reminded this summer in Australia that our world is continually impacted by our collective actions and decisions, and yet it can feel on a day-to-day level that much is actually out of our control. However we can make a difference if we really want to, in our lives and those of others. Read more...


The hidden costs of focusing on the urgent and not the important

Author: Judith Bowtell   |   Date: 16/12/2019   |   Categories: Career Development, Coaching, Decision Making, Intuition, Leadership, Leading in crisis, Mindfulness

I recently stayed with my sister and my 18 year old niece (M), and offered to help them throw out some clothes that no longer "brought joy". We started out making good progress, teaching the process of appreciating what you have and letting go of what no longer "serves" you. The session was a bit derailed by a little family politics: me encouraging M. to keep some things that annoyed her mum; her mum overruling a few decisions; and a side campaign by M, to hide a few pieces in her older sister's wardrobe. Whilst a healthy family dynamic has room for fun and games, there can be a shadow side of power and control: undermining my sister's influence; re-asserting parental values; sneaking t-shirts into someone else's drawer. And I did feel a bit of guilt afterwards that what should have been a learning experience for M. got a bit overwritten by her mum's and my agendas. The same can happen in our workplaces when we interrupt someone's learning or development opportunity for our own purposes or gain. Read more...


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