Rachel Carson’s books the Edge of the Sea and A Sense of Wonder introduced many readers to the “spectacle of life” in tidepools. Do you remember the first time you wandered to the edge of a tidepool? Perhaps, at first glance you did not notice anything. Suddenly, as your eyes settled, you noticed anenome tentacles waving in the water, hermit crabs chasing each other and periwinkles sliding along the top of a rock. Tidepooling requires that you slow down and observe. Consider taking a moment each week and “tidepool” in your office?
What would you notice about yourself? What if you looked at the experiences of your week from multiple perspectives, just like you do when tidepooling by the sea? The Center for Creative Leadership firmly believes that good leaders practice “surface and deep reflection”. As I thought about this recommendation I wondered if people would even know where to begin with those two types of reflection.
Perhaps, tidepooling is a way for leaders to do both surface and deep reflection. [Read more…]