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Stacey's Reading List...


"Tribe of Mentors" by Timothy Ferriss

"Shortcut" by John Pollack 

"Seeing What Others Don't" by Gary Klein

"Several Short Sentences About Writing" by Verlyn Klinkenborg

"The Birkman Method - Your Personality at Work" by Sharon Birkman Fink and Stephanie Capparell

"Creative Intelligence" by Bruce Nussbaum 

"Improv Wisdom" by Patricia Ryan Madson

"Training To Imagine" by Kat Koppett

"Quiet" by Susan Cain

"Where Good Ideas Come From" by Steven Johnson

"A Whole New Mind" by Daniel H. Pink

"Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman 

"Rework" by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson  

"The Leadership Pipeline" by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter, James Noel  

"Life:  Selected Quotations" by Paulo Coelho 

"Deep Change" by Robert Quinn

"The Power of Full Engagement" by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz  

"The Way of the Shepherd" by Dr. Kevin Leman and William Pentak  

"Developing the Leader Within You" by John Maxwell  

"Mr. Peabody's Apples" by Madonna

"Orbiting the Giant Hairball" by Gordon MacKenzie




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Note to Self (NTS): On finding your "whitespace"...

It’s been one year since I tried “trail running” for the first time.  I don’t even remember why I started, except maybe I was just tried of the drudgery that road running had become.  I suspect I just needed a change of scenery (no pun intended).

Since July of 2011, I’ve been a faithful trail runner, and have absolutely loved every mile of it.  I even have fond memories of the run where a nasty spill left me with several stitches in the base of my right hand.  It’s an ugly scar, but it’s also a great story I get to tell. 

Trail running is amazing.  The solitude, the scenery, the slowing down – the (almost) running into of a deer….yep, almost did that.  Both us of had that “deer in the headlight look!”  She merely stepped to one side of the trail and I to the other, and we both went on with our day.  A weird encounter for sure, but it makes me laugh and shake my head every time I think about it. 

In the end, trail running works for me as a sorting-out process.  It’s where I go to think….to have whitespace in my life.  Rarely do I cancel on myself, or forfeit this time to other endeavors; it’s that important to me.

I’m curious:  in this crazy-busy, over-scheduled world, are you able to carve out your own “whitespace”…?  And protect it with the same amount of tenacity that you tackle your to-do list…?

I’d love to hear what works for you…

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Reader Comments (2)

In healthcare, we use the term "whitespace" with respect to health literacy and patient education materials. For a patient to understand written materials, one of the criteria is for the document to have plenty of whitespace. This makes the document less cluttered, less intimidating, and therefore more understandable. Therefore, I see the definition of the term the same as you do, just used in a different context.
I will now work on incorporating whitespace into my life in your context! Thanks for the insight!

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBelinda Bullard

I love the concept of whitespace and without there is no clarity of thought because all the clutter gets in the way. Although an strong extrovert, I have learned that I need that whitespace to think, listen to my heart and then make decisions.

While my whitespace is not trail running is done best in the great outdoors on a river or in the woods.

Thanks for the great advice and perspective.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry

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