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Leadership Notes -- Thoughts on Leading People and Making a Difference in Organizations

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Greetings from a warm and gorgeous Gibsons BC, where we have moved to our summer headquarters. I am very, very fortunate. 


Working with a coaching client earlier this week, and we were talking about creating one’s future. I misheard him and checking asked, “did you just say, curating your future?” He said “no, but I like it!” Curating your Future. What might that look like?


As you look forward in your life, I think there would be at least 3 elements to curating your future.


  1. Know the story you are trying to tell. Explore questions like “who am I”, what is my purpose? There is a beautiful image from American writer, Frederick Buechner http://www.frederickbuechner.com. He says our ‘vocation is where our heart’s gladness meets the world’s hunger.’  The answer is close to the story you are trying to tell.
  2. The past is important because of the lessons you learn. There is an old adage from Carl Jung, “I am not what happened to me, I am who I choose to become.” Importantly, my choice about who I choose to become needs to be at least in context of the lessons I have learned. 
  3. The future emerges from the small steps. What ever you are doing, even if it appears a small step, do it to the best of your ability at the time. The habits you build today will become strong cables, so make them good habits.



I’m sure there are other elements to curating your future, I’m curious about what you think they might be?