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Your Story Matters: leading and living your creative best

This blog is my personal offering to you, my readers, an ever-changing reflection on issues of the moment and also the art of weaving creativity and wisdom through everything you do. We’ll explore how story is a potent tool for change, how to communicate with depth and connection, and the art of living, purposeful and productive life. I treasure reading your comments on each post – and look forward to hearing your suggestions and ideas, too!

Finding the essential in aerospace and art

Finding the essential in aerospace and art

I recently had an opportunity to tour Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos' privately-funded aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight services company. Tucked in an industrial area near Seattle, with no signage divulging its name, Blue Origin felt to me like a cross between the...

How to Birth a Dream—Gently

How to Birth a Dream—Gently

Before a dream can be transformed into a project in the world, it has to be born. We talk about "making" dreams come true, but isn't that a bit pushy for something as tender as a dream? Many books and articles on entrepreneurship explode with archetypically male...

Why Some Meetings Fail Before They Begin

Why Some Meetings Fail Before They Begin

If you work in an organization or business, or volunteer regularly in the community, how many hours do you spend weekly in meetings? Count them up and I think you'll agree, meetings are America's growth industry! And because of this, improving meetings is the...

The Soul of an Old Machine

The Soul of an Old Machine

  Tracy Kidder once wrote about the soul of a new machine, describing a breath-taking computer development process. Today I want to know: does my old computer have a soul? Spoiler alert: Probably not! But does it feel my energy? Or know how much I care for it?...

Finding an Anchor in Changing Seas

Finding an Anchor in Changing Seas

  In a couple of months, I'll be going to a gathering where the theme is "Sea Change." The title reflects the big changes going on in the world and what many of us are experiencing personally. As Stephen Stills once wrote for the Buffalo Springfield: There's...

Ten Leadership Lessons to Steal from Springsteen

Ten Leadership Lessons to Steal from Springsteen

Creative Commons photo by GabboT Steal if you want to, but I think Springsteen would let you drive away with any insight you'd like from his recent memoir Born to Run. Even if you aren’t looking for your path to rock ‘n roll stardom, you may get mesmerized, as I was,...

The Subversive Pile Next to My Bed

The Subversive Pile Next to My Bed

Words can be dangerous, sentences subversive. At a time when many of us are asking, "What can I do," I'm starting a very undercover revolution: I'm reading. I'm devouring articles and books—of all genres—from political commentary to memoir, how-to's to fiction,...

Comfort Yourself in a Warm Blanket of Words

Comfort Yourself in a Warm Blanket of Words

Sometimes I like to wrap wisdom around me like a blanket when it's dank and sleeting outside. When the news makes me cold I seek comfort in words my heart can hear Words that offer more than weekly worries Words that root me in a remembrance of the earth Where good...

Why Music is Subversive

Why Music is Subversive

As I was mid-way through the Women’s March Olympia, (capitol of the other Washington), a woman near me burst into song: “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” This gospel song from the 20's hardly sounds like a revolutionary anthem, but it was perfect...

Is It Time to Dare More Greatly?

Is It Time to Dare More Greatly?

Dr. Martin Luther King dared to believe. His words still offer truths that are bold and aspirational to guide us in political times that seem increasingly surreal. Read this list of dares from Dr. King (posted by Estrus Tucker at the Center for Courage and Renewal):...

Dreaming Big: Daring to want what you want

Dreaming Big: Daring to want what you want

A friend of mine recently confided that she hasn't been able to do the artistic work that fills her spirit because of all the pressing commitments she has to meet. The obstacles to spending time in her studio are many and real: her son needs special attention, bills...

Forget New Year’s Resolutions…try this instead

Forget New Year’s Resolutions…try this instead

The fact that resolutions are made by Congress should make them suspect. (I wouldn't choose Congress as a role-model of effectiveness ...) The word resolution invokes a dank brew of determination mixed with willpower, heavily flavored with thought and decision-making....

Music for Times That Need to Change

Music for Times That Need to Change

  Dylan in 1963, Public domain photo. This year the Nobel Committee gave the prestigious Prize for Literature to Bob Dylan, the first prize ever given to a songwriter. Even though Bob Dylan didn't actually show up at the ceremony to claim his prize (sending...

A Secret Bullies Will Never Know

A Secret Bullies Will Never Know

Illustration from a video by Association Jean Vanier. My head is foggy with a bad cold this week, so I have to keep my words rather simple: I don't understand bullying. I don't understand how we could have elected a bully president. Not only is bullying cruel to the...

Stepping back and moving on

Stepping back and moving on

What a November it was! For those of us caught in an emotional whirlwind after the elections, I wrote this triptych: Navigating Your Way Across Grief drew inspiration from the Irish poet John O'Donohue and the idea that in times of loss we may each need a ciseach—a...

Wow! You keep writing the most pertinent, passionate, and clear articles I have the pleasure to read. Bravo!

Doug Lipman

Story Dynamics

As always, Sally, I am dazzled and inspired by the elegance, eloquence and relevance of your writing…

BIll Veltrop

Founder, Global GEAnet

Meet Sally

She’s an inspiring communicator, an original thinker, she weaves big ideas and practical examples together to help her clients take their next big step forward. She teaches leadership presence by modeling it. 

She is visionary and practical, vulnerable and solid, accessible and real.  A perpetual learner herself, she’s not afraid to take risks to develop the talents of her clients.