Welcome to Field Notes, Kate Cockrill’s weekly newsletter.

Here you find stories and ideas for designing a career where you can thrive and make a difference in the world.

The Best Advice I Have Ever Received as a Leader

Have you ever found yourself shopping for validation rather than really leading your team?  The Temptation of Validation: Many of us are drawn to leadership because we have vision, ideas and strategy to share.  In the early stages of my leadership journey, I had the fortune of inspiring others (colleagues, organizational leaders, donors) with some of my  observations and proposals for change. Each time I Read more...

How I Created More Time

There is a zen saying that used to really get under my skin: “If you can’t find the time to meditate for one hour each day, you need to meditate for two hours each day.” Ugh. Seriously? I used to be a person who had no time. My day was fully scheduled with meetings, deliverables, volunteer activities, responsibilities to my family and children and “self-care” activities (which often felt more obligatory than Read more...

Pessimistic about Paris? Here’s a trick for making good group decisions

This past weekend my husband woke up with a start. Sliding his eye mask off his face and blinking at the morning light he immediately noticed that I was about 4 inches from his face and staring at him intently. “Good morning,” he said sleepily, “Can I help you?” “I found tickets to Paris in the mid-600’s,” I said, “I think we should go.” For Read more...

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