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Leadership Inside Out

Reflections & Insights from Sonya Perez

Leadership Inside Out is a newsletter that supports Change Agents in Leading Differently. Doing good in the world doesn't have to result in burnout. Leading with JOY and EASE will provide the energy and empowerment needed to impact the world in positive ways.

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Issue 22 - On Being Heard

Hi Reader, How are you? Really. Most likely you are the kind of leader that listens to your people. You know the basics of caring and effective leadership. In fact, you listen A LOT. Or at least you always try to. You know that making space and time to hear the concerns and voices of your team is an important practice. But this issue is not about improving how you listen others. Today's newsletter is about the magical insight and transformation that happen when you REALLY allow YOURSELF to be...
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It's ok to be human: Issue 21

Hi Reader, How are you? At the start of every coaching session I invite my clients to take a moment to return to their body, to let themself feel supported by their breath and let their thoughts float by without judgement. We take 60 seconds together to just be. So often we, as humans are actually lost in our head, lost in the chronic tsunami of information and emotions. Disconnected from the present moment. The information flow and cognitive load we currently carry is A LOT, (more than ever...
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How you feels matters: Issue 20

Hi Reader, How are you? I start my newsletter with this question because how you are feeling matters. I recently saw a post that asked, “Are you sick of your job or is your job making you sick?” I thought of the nonprofit professionals that I've met at the NTen Nonprofit Technology conference a few weeks ago who resonated with the statement, “We are beyond burnout, we’re crispy”. Eeek is that you?! How you FEEL matters. Not only because you are human but as a leader trying to impact the...
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Tell me more... Issue 19

Hi Reader, How are you? Just three words, "Tell me more", can create a powerful and meaningful connection. It's a go-to coaching questions and an immediate bridge builder for any person trying to expand their understanding and create connection. When using it you don't have to agree with your conversation partner. You don't have to fully understand them or know your response. You are simply saying, I care to better understand and I care to know you and your perspective. Rather than take the...
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Women's Day - Leadership Inside Out Issue 18

It's International Women's Day. How shall we celebrate? Let's stop ignoring ALL the unpaid work women do. 📣Just cause it’s unpaid, doesn't make it less valuable. There's a reason we're exhausted and it's not our fault. Society expects women to work for free. Everyday women are doing a million things that keep our lives and society going without pay or public recognition. And to make things worse, we normalize shaming ourselves for not getting it all done perfectly. 🤢 Do you do any of the...
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Diving in and reframing...

Avoidance. (We’ve all been there). You know you should have that feedback conversation, but you aren’t sure how it will go. So you busy yourself with all the other ‘important’ things. An array of thoughts and feelings running through you without your awareness: I don’t want to be mean. I feel like I'm not performing how I would like. How can I hold them accountable without being hypocritical? Everyone is already overworked, but their performance / lack of communication really is a problem....
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A breakthrough recipe

After a deep inhale and exhale... let's jump in. REFLECTION TIME: (seriously, take a pause and journal) What is keeping you from taking action towards creating the change you know you want? (Nothing? Awesome. Read on for tips for when you find yourself stuck.) Maybe you don’t know what you want. Maybe you don’t know what action to take. I can help with these questions because they aren’t always apparent. You may feel like you want something different in your organization, the effectiveness of...
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The love that transforms

I used to eyeroll when I heard anyone talk about "self-love". 😒 I thought it was covertly selfish and vain. "We don't need an excuse to stoke the ego." I thought.But I was misunderstanding the concept. Self love, when explored with openness, has the power to transform your relationship with yourself, opening the door to a more empowered, authentic way of leading.💕 Since it is Valentines Day, let's explore self love in the context of a famous love passage. REFLECTION TIME: (seriously, take a...
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What was I thinking?

I had a recent aha moment about psychological safety and the ways I was disrupting it for myself. You might be doing this too... "Psychological safety" is an academic term I first learned of while studying for my masters degree in Learning & Organizational Change. It is a necessary ingredient for learning and organizational health. When we talk about “safety” we need to remember that it is a feeling (in our body), not cognitively held (in our thoughts). Do you feel more safe in a car on the...
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Leadership Inside Out is a newsletter that supports Change Agents in Leading Differently. Doing good in the world doesn't have to result in burnout. Leading with JOY and EASE will provide the energy and empowerment needed to impact the world in positive ways.

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