The Experience of Being Unplugged

Although I have resisted blogging about my personal life, I’ve also discovered that the initimacy and informality of blogging seems to lead most bloggers to go there at some point. And in my zeal for all things leadership, I’ll do my best to relate any personal posts back to the topic of this blog.

I am in Taos, New Mexico, having arrived a day early for a week long “Writer’s Spa”. My understanding is that our week will consist of some yoga, some spa experiences, minimal time in workshops (one per day according to the schedule), and lots of writing time.

I learned upon my arrival that I’m pretty unplugged from the outside world at the historic home we’re staying in (the Mabel Dodge Luhan Home). No phone (including “no bars” on my cell phone), no t.v. or radio. For a weeklong stay, the only connection I have with home and work is occasional email/internet – not from the room I’m staying in, but rather from a separate living area in a home that I have to walk to (I’m staying in the “guest house”). I’m trying to take some comfort in this feeling of discomfort.

Yet, unplugging is exactly what a leader must do occasionally. And it is exactly what I request that my clients do. Although my experience of being unplugged was unplanned, I intend to make the best of it and learn as much as I can! More later.

I am a former executive in a Fortune 100 company. I have owned and operated an executive coaching firm since 2003 called Aspire Collaborative Services LLC. We partner with great leaders to help them become even greater at developing, improving, and sustaining relationships with the people who are essential to their success. This blog is for leaders and those who help them to be more intentional about relationships at work. My top personal values include respect for others, kindness, compassion, collaboration and gratitude. I work very hard at practicing my values daily and when I don’t succeed, I practice some more. I am married with two wonderful daughters and two spoiled pugs.