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Month: April 2021

An Interview with Dr. Paul Ward, Director at the Global Center for Conscious Leadership

An Interview with Dr. Paul Ward, Director at the Global Center for Conscious Leadership

Paul Ward shares his journey that has inspired his work in the leadership space. An impact that is traced back to childhood where he, at a young age, became very aware of life and death. This awareness partnered with conscious decisions, including separating from a strict religious sect, influenced his later life. His present work as a conscious leader and life coach, is reflected in the practical nature and academic approach that can be followed in the framework of his book.Tune in as Paul reveals the importance of confidence and the practices in his book “The Inner Journey To Conscious Leadership”.

In This Episode:

  • [01:20] Meet Paul Ward. Paul speaks about the inspiration behind his work with conscious leadership. 
  • [11:00] An individual needs to trust that in the end, everything will work out. Paul speaks about confidence. 
  • [12:35] Paul dives into his book, The Inner Journey To Conscious Leadership. 
  • [15:25] The pace of work is preventing leaders from becoming conscious. We need to STOP, take a breath, observe what is going on, and perceive, to show up in a calm and present way. 
  • [20:55] Paul reveals the practices to set an intention.  
  • [25:10] How conscious leadership is shifting during the pandemic. Plus, Paul talks about the evolution of human consciousness in the workplace.  
  • [33:35] The importance of finding a mentor. 
  • [39:55] It’s essential to share vulnerability with others in our lives. When we share, others will be more willing to share. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Awareness means we are noticing what is going on inside ourselves and in the world at large. 
  • Setting an intention means we are doing and being. Think about who you want to be, and work towards that.
  • Your organization will thrive when leaders reach higher consciousness levels by championing conscious leadership and enabling conversations that matter.
  • Confidence means we trust in ourselves. It’s essential to trust yourself first before you can trust others. 
  • Listening with all the senses, learning relentlessly, and living mindfully are the practices of noticing what’s going on. 

Resources:

Website: https://drpaulward.com
The Conscious Leadership Book: http://theconsciousleadershipbook.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drpaulgward/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/drpaulward
Podcast: https://drpaulward.com/episodes/

Meet Paul Ward

Paul Ward is a leadership and life coach, strategy execution consultant, adjunct professor, small business owner, and hot air balloon pilot.

He has masters and doctoral degrees in organization and management and has spent more than thirty years consulting to large and small organizations in Europe and the Americas. He divides his time between Portsmouth, England and West Palm Beach, Florida.

An Interview with Sarah Brightwood, President of Rancho La Puerta

An Interview with Sarah Brightwood, President of Rancho La Puerta

Sarah L. Brightwood is the president of Rancho La Puerta, a world-renowned wellness resort and spa. She reflects on her upbringing and the privilege of being raised by a village in a nurturing and joyful pace of life. Sarah has the role of a dedicated healer with a profound connection to the land of the ranch, stewarding both the people and the flora/fauna with a spiritual touch. Her desire to ensure fairness and equity ripples outward from the Ranch and touches everyone-the Staff, guests, and community. She believes that taking care of the Staff , empowering them, and allowing them to grow within the Ranch will allow them to embody the Ranch’s culture, making the guests feel connected to the Ranch and nature. 

In This Episode:

  • [01:43] Meet Sarah as she opens up about how her childhood and growing up in a mixed cultural heritage contributed to her being a conscious leader.
  • [10:38] Choosing the leadership that continues the culture, language, and DNA of the Ranch..
  • [17:57] It is important that leaders, especially during these vulnerable times, support, help, and lift each other up.
  • [23:08] The values of self that we learned going through COVID.
  • [27:45] The actions Sarah took with her Staff when COVID forced the Ranch to close.
  • [33:07] Having a holistic approach to running Rancho La Puerta

Key Takeaways:

  • There is no one right way to do things.
  • To start living in a culture of conscious awareness, you need to stop and look at the unhealthy patterns that are repeating themselves.
  • We need to strengthen our microbiomes and our digestive fire. We can only do that if we have some downtime, a place where we can hum to our Vagus nerve, and do all of those practices that bring us back to the center.
  • Having the ability to return to the center when you get thrown off, to respond, to change, adapt, and to listen to non-human instructions is much greater than any individual.
  • COVID has taught us that the illusion that we live in these separate boxes, in separate houses or separate bodies or separate countries, no longer holds.

Resources:
Website: https://rancholapuerta.com/
Rancho La Puerta LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/company/rancho-la-puerta/

Meet Sarah Brightwood

Sarah L. Brightwood is the president of Rancho La Puerta, a world-renowned wellness resort and spa located in Baja, California, Mexico. She is the daughter of the founders of the Ranch, Deborah Szekely and Edmond Szekely. Sarah spoke Spanish before English and was lovingly cared for by the Mexican families working at the Ranch. She continues the family legacy of tending to the same land for almost 90 years and continues to oversee major upgrades at the Ranch that have kept up with changing times. During the COVID lockdown, they worked on a huge project called The Residence, which is an eco-village that’s designed to support health and wellbeing.

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