It's several days yet before departure for a vacation tour that my precious wife and I have long talked about. We're doing it the "old fashioned" way...like driving and visiting five national parks. Much to do before departure...with that "vacation sense" of wishing we'd left yesterday. ;-)
I'm taking three books to read on the trip, as is my custom. Some time outs have allowed the reading of all tomes taken along on previous trips. With others it's was a nice thought...and I brought them all back home to read.
However, I plan to re-read one book from days past, having given my original to one of the exceptional emerging leaders I mentor. What caused me to chase down this book, now new and revised, was this recent quote I found, and an interview I heard with him by Krista Tippett...who is a master interviewer.
The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America by David Whyte is one of those books that needs to be picked up and re-read every so often, if one desires to continue growing as a leader. Thus, I welcome this new/olde companion on our journey. Here is some Whyte wisdom worth pondering:
The core act of leadership must be the act of making conversations real. The conversations of leadership are the conversations that forge real relationships between the inside of a human being and their outer world, or between an organization and the world it serves.
— David Whyte