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Generous hands

A few blocks from where I live there’s a refrigerator in one’s driveway.

Snaking out of the garage is an extension cord so the refrigerator has power.

Every morning one to three fresh flower arrangements from the yard of this property are placed in this refrigerator and an adjacent handwritten sign reads ‘Flowers $3.00 – Please return vases’.

I have never met the one who does this.

I’ve never seen them either.

But they have made it very clear who they are and what they’re about through their generous hands.

What will they say about us?

All of our lives are like refrigerators in driveways.

Hopefully, you’re picking flowers, arranging them in your unique flair and voice, and placing them in your front yard refrigerator for the world to enjoy.

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Podcast 99: The Meaning Revolution with Fred Kofman

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Since 1990, Fred Kofman has designed and facilitated programs on leadership, personal mastery, team learning, organizational effectiveness and coaching for thousands of executives, and consultants worldwide.

His book, Conscious Business, has been translated to more than ten languages and received numerous awards. Conscious Business was recently named by Sheryl Sandberg in her New York Times interview as “the business book every executive should read” http://nyti.ms/Z1Kory (page 2).

After completing a Ph.D. in economics from Berkeley, California, Fred taught Management Accounting and Control Systems at the Sloan School of Management where in 1992 was named “Professor of the Year”. During his time at MIT, Fred worked alongside Peter Senge as a senior researcher at the Center for Organizational Learning.

His approach to leadership has little to do with the standard practices taught in business school and traditional books. Bringing together economics and business theory, communications and conflict resolution, family counseling and mindfulness meditation, Kofman argues in The Meaning Revolution that our most deep-seated, unspoken, and universal anxiety stems from our fear that our life is being wasted–that the end of life will overtake us when our song is still unsung.

After serving as VP of Executive Development for LinkedIn from 2013-2018, Fred has recently taken his work to Google where he is now an advisor for Leadership Development.

You can stream this episode and all other episodes of Good / True / & Beautiful in iTunes or at AshtonGustafson.com.

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Asking for guidance

…isn’t a sign of weakness.

It’s a sign that you long to behold the light of those that came before you so that you can see and enjoy your days with greater meaning and depth.

Speaking of guidance, I could use a little, and perhaps your Rolodex has someone who is willing to share some of their insight, light, and wisdom.

Here’s who I’m looking for.

  1. Do you know someone that has successfully launched an App?
  2. Do you know someone that has started and successfully led profitable businesses with meaningful metrics?
  3. Do you know someone that has raised daughters and is around 50 years old?
  4. Do you know someone that has turned a hobby into a profession?
  5. Do you simply know someone I should know?

Email me @ ashton.gustafson@gmail.com

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Podcast 96: The Path Between Us with Suzanne Stabile

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Suzanne Stabile is a highly sought-after speaker and teacher, known for her engaging laugh, personal vulnerability, and creative approach to Enneagram instruction. She is the coauthor, with Ian Morgan Cron, of the bestseller The Road Back to You, and she is the creator and host of The Enneagram Journey podcast.

As an internationally recognized Enneagram Master, Suzanne has conducted over five hundred Enneagram workshops over the past twenty-five years. She has spoken at hundreds of colleges, churches, and conferences across America, and also teaches in the Baylor Health Care System. She has taught at Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation and has taught with Father Rohr to an international audience in Assisi, Italy.

When she is not on the road teaching and lecturing, Suzanne is at home in Dallas, Texas, with her husband Rev. Joseph Stabile, a United Methodist pastor with whom she co-founded Life in the Trinity Ministry and the Micah Center.

Suzanne joins us in this podcast to talk about her latest book, The Path Between Us, available April 10, 2018, on the nine Enneagram types and how they behave and experience relationships will guide readers into deeper insights about themselves, their types, and others’ personalities so that they can have healthier, more life-giving relationships. No one is better equipped than Suzanne Stabile to share the Enneagram’s wisdom on how relationships work—or don’t.

You can stream this episode and all other episodes of Good / True / & Beautiful at AshtonGustafson.comiTunes, and Stitcher.

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