Mobius Monthly Newsletter

March 2017

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Dear Friends:

Welcome to the March edition of our newsletter where we recommend videos, podcasts and articles in the field of transformational leadership.

This month we share a podcast featuring the acclaimed poet-philosopher David Whyte, who joins us this summer at Next Practice Institute for an evening talk and optional full-day workshop on Conversational Leadership.

 “As leaders and individuals, we are conversational creatures who shape our identities at the edge, between an untrammeled interior self and the difficulties of our strategic, practical world; between how we need to be and what we need to do; and especially between the actual ground beneath our feet and the horizon to which we have dedicated our individual or organizational hopes”  – David Whyte

As we enter Spring, many of us and our clients enter a phase of “frenetic doing”. With this in mind, we recommend two pieces on how to tame busyness. The first is a book excerpt featured in the Mobius Strip from psychiatrist and “focus doctor” Ned Hallowell. The second is a short video about disrupting and re-wiring everyday habits no longer serving us.

Please feel free to suggest topics or materials for future editions by emailing our editor, Nathalie Hourihan.  If you find your inbox too cluttered, you can remove your email from our distribution list by contacting  

For anyone hoping to join the global practitioner gathering taking place the first week in June, it’s not too late to sign up for this unique opportunity to work with exceptional faculty and to deepen connections with friends and colleagues. For a wider set of upcoming seminar and events, visit our calendar of events. 

Very best wishes to you all, 


The Conversational Nature of Reality: Thought Leadership from NPI Faculty

“Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet / confinement of your aloneness / to learn / anything or anyone / that does not bring you alive / is too small for you.”

David Whyte is an internationally acclaimed poet-philosopher, author and speaker. An Associate Fellow of Said Business School at the University of Oxford, he is widely recognized for his compelling talks and ground-breaking work on Conversational Leadership.

In this edition of On Being Krista Tippett talks with David about his connections to Ireland, the Yorkshire Moors, marine biology and how, as a boy, he was abducted by poetry. This podcast is a wonderful introduction to a wide-ranging selection of David’s beautifully articulated wisdom.

Click here for more information about David’s workshop at the June Next Practice Institute: Seven Elements: The Foundations of Conversational LeadershipFor more of David’s work, visit the NPI Reading Room. David’s books are available in the Mobius Bookstore.

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 Flexible Focus: an Antidote to Overwhelm 

 “You might think the brain would consume more energy when working on a problem or concentrating on a task, but it doesn’t.”

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, MD is a psychiatrist and leading authority in the field of attention. A member of the Harvard Medical School faculty from 1983 until he retired from academics in 2004, he now devotes his full professional attention to his clinical practice, lectures, and the writing of books. He has authored eighteen on topics including the power of the human connection, the childhood roots of happiness, methods of forgiving others, dealing with worry, attention deficit and managing excessive busyness.

 In this 5-page excerpt from his book Driven to Distraction at Work, he guides readers on how to counter ‘overload’ and practice an attentional state that lies between “flow” and “focus”.

Sneaking Up on Everyday Habits

In this 4-minute video Charles Duhigg, the award-winning New York Times business reporter and author of the international bestseller The Power of Habit, shares his method for interrupting and re-wiring bad habits.  

For those of you who have been working with Mobius President, Erica Ariel Fox, or referring clients to her methodology, Duhigg’s work on the power of habit is one of many recommended resources in the Winning from Within Companion Guide. This bibliography offers readers articles, books, and podcasts that explore and tap into the leadership archetypes detailed in Erica's bestseller, Winning from Within.

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Please visit our website for the calendar of upcoming learning events and other professional development opportunities including this summer’s Next Practice Institute.

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