"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare"
Ask For What You Need
All I can think about right now is the power of rest and relaxation. As I prepared for my trip to Dallas recently (where the Kickapoo people once lived), it hit me. I have the power to clear my calendar! So other than a session with my coach, L4J # 3 and an ECCF planning session, I just chilled big time. I read a novel, floated around in the pool, colored, and started Heather McGee’s book The Sum of Us. It’s a must-read for anyone finetuning their understanding of systemic racism and its impact on all of us.
This month the focus is on "asking for what you need", a simple concept that often alludes us, particularly in professional settings. Being attentive to what we need, in the age of Zooming, heightened tension, the world reopening, and more is an absolute requirement for leaders.
Below we share the concept of pausing and how taking a moment and being still can lead to powerful transformation for you and your team.
CEO, HTI Catalysts
Maybe It's Time to Take A Pause
As a leader, it may seem counterintuitive to stop, pause and reflect as a way to move ideas and visions forward. But it's a necessary step on the road to transformation. The idea of pausing provides fresh perspectives even with complex and dynamic ideas that allow growth to occur by slowing down.
HTI is currently in a state of pause as we are transitioning into new programs, new operational structures, and new staffing.
We understand in order to get it right, we have to look at our strategy, gather intentionally, and rest in the process.
Maybe it's time for you to do the same. We're in the 3rd quarter, summer is here, and now is as good as time as any to step back.
Pausing: A New Concept
The Pause Principle is aconscious, intentional process of stepping back, within ourselves and outside of ourselves, to lead forward with greater authenticity, purpose, and contribution. Take a look at this video, and article in the resource section below to understand how The Pause Principle works.
It wasn't until HTI CEO, Dr. Folami Prescott Adams, stilled herself and reflected, that the brainchild of Listening 4 Justice (L4J) was born.
Now, through diligence and hard work, L4j has reached people from all over the world and in 15 states within the US.
L4J has a big vision, we want you to be a part of that. If you are an organization that wants to lead the way, through extensive listening and learning, we invite you to become a partner with us.
SAVE THE DATE
The next phase of Listening 4 Justice for the Spring and Summer 2021 participants, Learning 4 Justice, will begin on September 15th. Eligible participants will receive more information in the coming weeks.
HTI Catalysts utilizes facilitated experiences to shift leaders and communities towards equity and shared visioning that impact change. Our three areas of focus include Advancing Equity, Youth Development, and Education Transformation.