Tale Of Two Skies

Greetings from the surreal wildfire season in California.

The temperature reached 119 here this past weekend and our kids have been indoors for way too long. Yesterday we braved the outdoors for a short while and as I watched them “build a city” out of recycled cardboard, the smoke from the Bobcat Fire rolled in.

We started with blue skies and ended with something rather apocalyptic. I captured it on video (you really should see it) and it got me thinking…

What always comes up for me in moments like I captured in the video is “What else can I be doing?” How am I unconsciously participating in anything that is metaphorically like the sky on the right? How can I be sure not to get complacent?

And yes, that kind of self-reflection is always important.

But I want to interrupt that thought pattern for a moment to appreciate each and every person who I am sending this email to.

Yes, that means to appreciate you.

Everyone who gets this newsletter is endeavoring mightily to create a world that looks more like the sky on the left than the one on the right. 

Not just in terms of the environment – though we do have our fair share of brilliant climate activists on this list – but all the inter-woven systems and structures from education to human rights, health care, animal welfare, economic development, early childhood, philanthropy, human services and beyond. Every single person who receives this e-mail is leading change now that will impact all the generations that follow.

So please join me for a minute in appreciating yourself for showing up with your very best in this year that all of us will remember for the rest of our lives. And should you feel inspired, I invite you to reach out to one other awesome change leader in your life and give them some appreciation, too.  Just a text or a note of appreciation goes a long way. This isn’t just for them – this is for you, too, because the act of appreciating is just plain old good for your soul.

With massive appreciation,

As we all struggle to find our way in these times that defy categorization, I also want to invite you to consider joining the Coaching Community that we’re launching in October.

Our intention is for this community to become your touchstone. Your safe refuge from the storm where you can get good coaching, good community, and then get back to it!

Join us for an Open House on September 15th at 10:30 am PT to see what this community is all about.

Announcing Community And Open House

There is no way any of us could know everything we need to know about how to navigate the complexity that comes with leading large-scale change.

That goes for me, too.

Even though I’ve been leading or training others how to lead large-scale change for many years now, I still get stuck sometimes. When I’m not quite sure what the next move might be, my first phone call is to Joe McCannon. And every single time we speak, he expands my thinking about what’s possible and new techniques I might try.  If you don’t already know Joe and want to get a better sense of what he’s all about, we interviewed him for our podcast series and you can listen in.

Likewise, when I’m challenged by how I want to show up as a leader in the areas of race, diversity, equity and inclusion, my first phone call is to Susan X. Jane. And every single time, she invites me into a bigger vision of what it means to be a human being while lovingly challenging me to grow as a person and a leader. If you don’t already know Susan and want to get a better sense of what she’s all about, we interviewed her for our podcast series.

As we all struggle to find our way in these times that defy categorization, I want to invite you to consider joining the Coaching Community that we’re launching in October. 

In the community, your hearts will be filled by the company of kindred spirits who, just like you, are making their big dent in the universe.

You will receive just-in-time coaching from Becky, Joe and/or Susan on whatever challenges you are facing in the moment.

You will be lovingly supported and challenged to bring your whole and best self to what matters to you.

Come can get a free sneak-peak of what this community is going to be at our Open House on September 15th at 10:30 am PT. 


Our deepest hope is that through participating in this coaching community your life will be more expansive, more spacious, more joyful, more easeful, and more impactful.

In solidarity,

If you’re already sure this is for you, we welcome you to join the community now!