The Long and Winding Road

The trip became just as much a journey inward as it was a trek through the wilderness.

Dimensions of Leadership

Separated from technology, I found myself contemplating My Self: my place in the world, what made me uniquely me, and what I bring to the proverbial table. I was intrigued by the leadership education piece of our curriculum. My dreams were becoming more vivid. My plans for life seemed more clear. My goals were more feasible, and even attainable. It felt good.

I thought about intentionality – in the career choices I make, in finding happiness – and authenticity – being true to myself, and transparent with others.

We talked about self awareness, and learning to read our own internal topographical maps. What internal monologue do we have with ourselves? What are our feelings? What are our intentions – and more specifically our truest intentions? And how does all of this manifest for each of us, uniquely?

Reviewing the past year, it has been one of significant change. I realized I had been unhappy, needed a break from the ‘real world’ and was on a quest to find something I really liked to do. Not to sound trite, but it’s that old saying – all we have is the present. And life is too short to spend it doing something you don’t like to do. I’ve tried to make intentional choices, to live authentically, and be my truest self. And that’s a tall order. But it’s a challenge I’m trying to live up to.

Out here, I found myself waking at dawn, walking around, and enjoying the peaceful serenity. I enjoyed doing yoga overlooking Buckskin Lake.

From Buckskin to the “X”

The hike was filled with laughter as we moved from Buckskin Lake towards the “X” on the map that marked our destination. When we arrived, we found the site unsuitable for our needs and pressed on until we found something more to our liking. It was an interesting process that highlighted the challenges of different group decision-making styles.

Relational Competence to Reduce Medical Malpractice?

(Unusual in a Leadership Blog About Getting Close to Nature)

As we unwound for the evening, I found myself digesting our lesson on Relational Competence. The idea that people evaluate Trust before they evaluate Competence. I feel like there’s a lesson there that can be used to reduce medical malpractice claims. If physicians improve their Relational Competence, i.e. focus first on building trust before focusing on their technical skill as a surgeon, it stands to reason that malpractice claims should decline. I found myself wondering if that could become an outdoor ed lesson.

Long term, that’s where I’d love to go. It would be a perfect way to blend my legal experience with my desire to teach people practical skills against the backdrop of nature. To help doctors and hospitals reduce malpractice claims by teaching them to be their more authentic selves….that’s an ambitious goal.


Finally, once the sun set, I looked up at the beauty of the stars and was reminded of how small we are. Looking up through the trees, I saw the Milky Way stretching across the sky. Away from the light of the city, I was able to see the Big Dipper, all of Orion, and was able to locate the North Star. A fitting end to an introspective day.

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