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 here.

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 and you can listen in here.

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!

Reminder Of Open House And Three Feet Of Influence

Hi there –

I’d like to interrupt another week of shitty and heart breaking news to remind you that next week we’re launching our new course called Three Feet of Influence. This is for leaders who are ready and willing to work through your biggest fears and challenges. In four weeks. We’re going to get ‘er done. Together.

We’re going up our game because the world needs us right now.

And it’s really ok for you to do something just for you.

Now is the time to enroll because we only meet four times and then it’s over. The first live coaching session is September 2nd at 10:30 AM Pacific Time. Then the next three Wednesdays, same time, same place (zoom). You’ll get access to the self-paced course materials immediately upon enrolling so you can get started right away.

If this has been calling to you, you know what to do. Click here to learn more and enroll.

Let’s do this!

p.s. Congratulations to Deborah O’Nyons and Rezwan Razani who received the Barbara and Bill Packard Scholarship. And huge thank you to Barbara & Bill for your generosity in enabling them to attend!

Announcing Three Feet Of Influence Scholarship

Barbara and Bill Packard with Full Circle Charities are generously offering two full scholarships  for our Three Feet of Influence course which starts on September 2nd. 

While their preference is for this scholarship to create an opportunity for someone in a volunteer role or someone working for a small non-profit, we encourage everyone who wants to take this course but can’t afford it right now to apply here.

The deadline to apply is Monday August 24th.

We will announce the winners next Friday on August 28th.

To learn more about our new course, Three Feet of Influence, come on over to our Teachable site here.

Thank you, Barbara and Bill!

Announcing Open House

I have to tell you about a phone call I had yesterday.

I was speaking with Jane Holl Lute. Jane taught me international relations 30 years ago when I was a cadet at West Point. She was a fireball of a professor known for throwing chalk at students who weren’t paying attention. She went on to serve as #2 at the United Nations, leading peacekeeping efforts there. Jane brings the courage of a warrior to the delicate and complex work of international peacemaking. I admire the heck out of this woman and when I see her name splash across my phone, you better believe I pick up.

In the course of our conversation yesterday, Jane mentioned some of the leaders she was working with on a project. Recognizing all the names, I nodded and said, “yeah…the adults in the room…” to signal that I was paying attention (aka avoiding chalk being thrown at me) and had a sense of who she was talking about.

She stopped our conversation short and said, “let’s talk about this ‘adults in the room’ thing. I’ve heard some people proudly claim that other people have to earn their respect. You know what? No one needs to earn my respect. You get my respect. You have to earn my admiration – that’s another thing entirely.  But

You don’t have to earn my respect, you just get it. 

Touché, Jane Holl Lute. Touché.

Here we are 30 years later and Jane is still my teacher. I instantly got the lesson and decided I’m not going to make snarky comments about “the adults in the room” or “any functioning adult” anymore. I’m with Jane: you don’t have to earn my respect, either. You just get it.

Later in the conversation Jane said, “The main difference between World War I and World War II was generosity. Winners must be generous.”

I wanted to pass these two pearls of wisdom from a lifelong peacemaker along in case it might be useful to you in the weeks and months ahead.

It is so important to have people in your life who will stop you mid-sentence to remind you of your best self and invite you into a more expansive vision of what’s possible. Just like Jane Holl Lute did for me yesterday.

That is exactly what we’re going to be doing with folks in our Coaching Community launching this October.

I want to invite you to a sneak-peak Open House on September 15th at 10:30 PT. 

Joe McCannon and Susan X. Jane and I will give you a taste of what this whole coaching community is gonna be. Or you can get a basic sense here.

I hope to see many of you there.


p.s. if that RSVP link didn’t work for you, try this link here.

Announcing Three Feet Of Influence

Friends – 

We’ve been working behind the scenes for months to bring our life-changing seminars online and I’m delighted to share that we’ve done it!

Today we are launching a new course called “Three Feet of Influence.

Here’s how it works: you bring anything – anything – that’s holding you back as a social change leader – time scarcity, money worries, people problems, difficult decisions – you name it – anything – and over four weeks we will help you sort that out and get back to making your big dent in the universe.

The four weeks of coaching starts on September 2nd, but you can enroll and get access to the course materials immediately by clicking here. The deadline for joining the first cohort is August 28th.

To celebrate the occasion, we also want to give you this free course:

How Will You Use Your Three Feet of Influence?

Think of the free course as an appetizer sampler to get your gears turning about how using your full Three Feet of Influence might support you in advancing your purpose. A friend of mine took the free course last week and said she was completely captivated for the entire 18 minutes. It’s short and sweet and gets right to the point.

We hope you will enjoy this free gift and we hope to see many of you in the full course.

Happy Thursday my friends!

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