With this post I'm sharing the first segment of a 12-session coaching curriculum called "Understanding and Evolving Your Psychology." This is a coaching sequence that we use with the social entrepreneurs in the Joyful Impact Accelerator. It's all about taking a self-guided journey towards greater insight about what truly makes you tick. Getting familiar with a working model of human psychology and self development gives you the chance to re-wire yourself to better advance your goals, break negative behavior patterns, and positively engage with other people and world around you.
This kind of insight can be valuable for anybody, but it's especially important for all of us who feel that deeper...
If you're someone with a calling to make the world a better place, whether you're giving money away as a philanthropist, raising money as a social entrepreneur, or just getting started on your journey, chances are that whatever you're not able to see about yourself and the systems around you is getting in the way of realizing your full potential for creating more impact and more joy.
What I want to share with you in this post is a framework for thinking about levels of personal development, and how this relates to doing the work of social change, particularly if you are trying address systemic inequalities that you yourself are not directly suffering from.
You could think of these five levels of personal...
As someone with a calling to bring as much impact and as much joy as you can into the world, how do you build up your ability to take more positive action, more consistently, from one moment to the next?
That's the question this post explores, looking at findings from the last 50 years of research on willpower and self regulation.
A helpful place to start is with the model that taking action depends on lining up our knowledge (what to do), our skills (how to do it), and our mindset...
What would make 2021 an EXTRAORDINARY year for you? Could it be that you're not exactly sure?
If you've got a calling to make the world a better place, chances are you've got some compelling visions and dreams for the year to come. But have you actually asked yourself a powerful enough set of questions about your impact and your joy in the coming year, and given yourself the gift of reflecting on the answers?
Here's what I've found for myself, and for the funders and social entrepreneurs I coach: for all of us with a calling to make the world a better place, spending as little as 60 minutes just once a year going over the questions I'm going to share with you in this post is a game changer.
No question, there's plenty of work you need to do on a daily basis to serve at your highest level and reach your greatest levels of joy and personal fulfillment--but getting clarity on the fundamental questions in this self-assessment is the foundation...
If you want to show up differently in philanthropy and work creatively with others to make truly lasting, systemic change on the issues that matter most I hope this post will speak to you.
It's no secret that the last few years have seen an increasingly public critique of philanthropy, from Rob Reich (Just Giving), to Edgar Villanueva (Decolonizing Wealth) and Anand Giridharadas (Winners Take All). All of these books are well worth reading closely, whatever seat you occupy in and around the world of philanthropy.
At the heart of these critiques is an indictment of the whole structure of philanthropy and the power dynamics that pervade it. As Edgar Villanueva puts it: "The field of philanthropy is a living anachronism. It is (we are) like a...
Mahatma Ghandi has inspiring sayings for all of us who feel a calling to make the world a better place:
"If you want to change the world, start with yourself"
"Be the change you want to see in the world"
But how do we put this wisdom into practice in our daily lives? In the last post we explored the six obstructing angels--the habitual states of mind that can so easily get in the way of our impact and our joy as change agents. This post is all about how you can break free from these patterns. Change takes work, but breaking free from even our longest running patterns doesn't have to be as hard as we might fear.
Over the past five years of my own journey I've delved deeply into the arenas of human flourishing and personal growth, as well as systems thinking and social change,...
Who took your impact? Who took your joy? Do you want them back?
If you've got a strong calling to make the world a better place, chances are you've also had some times in your life when you really felt stuck--when you felt like you weren't showing up as your best self and making anything like the progress you aspire to. And chances are, whenever you've felt like you were coming up short in your calling, you've also come up short feeling joyful and fulfilled across lots of other areas in your life. That's the flip side of having that calling--it doesn't let you rest when you're not leaning into it!
In my own journey, and with many of the social entrepreneurs and philanthropists that I've coached and advised I've seen a common pattern of how we can get stuck like this.
In this post we're going to walk through these six "obstructing angels." Kind of a funny phrase. But think of these as guardian angels gone wrong--obstructing...
What do you do when you have a disagreement with a five year old? What about with an adult who acts like a five year old, or makes you feel like one yourself? Are you sick of circling around the same conflicts, over and over, never reaching a lasting solution?
Collaborative problem solving is a great tool for resolving conflicts and creating solutions that last because they meet everone's underlying needs. Sound like a pipe dream? It's not--but it does require you to practice and master some specific skills and techniques.
This video walks you through the collaborative problem solving tool developed by child psychologist Ross Greene, as well as Marshall Rosenberg's "I-message" framework which is a great way to initiate the collaborative problem solving process in adult relationships.
The 6 Steps of Collaborative Problem Solving
If you have a calling to make the world a better place, chances are you've spent too much time working in coalitions that do a better job of torturing their members than getting any real work done in the world.
Thankfully, there is a better way: it's called Partnership Brokering. It's been used for over twenty-five years to advance sustainable economic development projects all over the world, and it's a great way to do collaboration differently.
One of the biggest reasons coalitions fail is that they focus only on the collective interest that brings everyone together. A key insight from the partnership brokering field is that to collaborate effectively in the face of complexity you have to pay even more attention to naming and taming the key INDIVIDUAL interests that each party brings with them. When those individual interests are left unspoken, they lead to all kinds of dysfunction, suspicion and lost opportunities.
The core principles for a...
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