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  • Wendy,

    Bamboo has great characteristics from us to learn from. Being firmly rooted while being flexible is always a challenge but a necessary capability to embrace. We need to have our principles, and we need to listen to the needs and stories others are telling and living. We cannot be to rigid so as to not lend a hand or a caring, listening ear.

    Great imagery and thoughts to continue to think through. Really solid post! Enjoyed it!

    Jon

    August 08, 2012
    • Hi Jon,
      So glad you stopped by and took your time to comment. It is a real practice to be rooted / grounded / clear and at the same time to “yield” to another … to bend toward. This is something I have been practicing for many years. The temptation to be rigid and positional is still great. Yet, when I manage to ‘be the bamboo,’ I learn so much and have a greater appreciation for how others come to their point of view. When I am the bamboo, I am able to find ways to bridge differences and have the possibility to influence as well. I also allow myself to be influenced. Without that leaning and listening, there is no possibility.

      Thank you for your generous feedback, Jon.

      August 08, 2012
  • What stirred up in me is gratitude. Thank you for a most wonderful post.

    August 08, 2012
    • Hello Runa,
      Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my post. The feeling is mutual–gratitude.

      August 08, 2012
  • Hi Wendy

    Bamboo is a great metaphor for a business entrepreneur. It brings up Persistence with me. Growing bamboo – growing a business takes patience and persistence… you keep watering and fertilizing then one day – about 4 years out – BOOM shoots everywhere and before long a real bamboo forest. A couple years back I did an inspirational video on Youtube about Bamboo. Feel free to take a looksie -
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf8OQuFZYD8

    Glenn

    PS I really Love the look and feel of your blog!

    August 10, 2012
    • Hi Glenn,
      Loved your little video clip. It’s a great add on to my blog–extending the metaphor in an important way.

      Given the focus on quarterly profits and short term thinking and acting, your blog about patience and persistence has even more relevance today.

      Nice of you to come for a visit and thank you for your feedback on my blog! Please stop by and comment again .
      Wendy

      August 10, 2012
  • Hi Wendy
    I loved your post. What a happy coincidence to come across it on Google (quite by synchronistic chance, you understand :-) just when I am preparing to speak to a group of leaders about conscious leadership later this week. And to discover that my dear friend, Runa, has already responded here. We are indeed an ever-strengthening, connecting network around this growth in leadership direction.
    Thanks for your clarity in expressing your ideas. Your metaphors are a great service and are going to be invaluable in conveying the ideas of a different, more conscious way of leadership, including to my workshop group of learning leaders.
    With best wishes
    Gina

    August 21, 2012
    • Hi Gina,
      Yes, I love the synchronicity and as it turns out, several of my colleagues “like” the FB page for the Global Institute for Conscious Leadership where you graciously included the ping back to my blog post. It is indeed a small and interconnected world. We somehow manage to source our “tribe.”

      Much gratitude for your feedback and your integrity :-) I am delighted that you find the bamboo metaphor useful in conveying your message. It is an ancient one. Angeles Arrien was the person who planted it in my mind many years ago when I inquired about an important aspect of effective communication. It stayed with me since.

      I look forward to our paths crossing again, Gina! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking your time to comment.
      Wendy

      August 21, 2012
  • [...] Bamboo Leader post by Wendy Appel (http://www.wendyappel.com/the-bamboo-leader/) is another fascinating find and the link here takes you to her post in its entirety.  She has a [...]

    August 21, 2012
    • Hi Gina,
      Many thanks for the ping back! Thrilled that my blog post has been of value. I look forward to checking out the link you including to Barrett Brown’s video. Best of luck with your workshop!
      Wendy

      August 21, 2012
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