#toleadread Book Club: The Hate U Give

The LeaderShape community has chosen a book for first-ever read-along! Join us in reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.HateUGive

You can find the book everywhere – really! It is a William C. Morris Award Winner, has been recognized with the Printz Book Honor, and is a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. It also made it to #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Head to the library, listen to it through platforms like Audible, and if you buy it online, we’d love for you to connect to our AmazonSmile account (Amazon donate .5% of eligible purchases to us when you do so).

We have about a month to read the book and the LeaderShape staff will be sharing their progress on our social media accounts along the way. We hope you’ll share yours as well! Be sure to use #toleadread so we don’t miss them.

Finally, mark your calendar for 1:00pm CST on Wednesday, November 28. This is the day we’ll come together to discuss the book. We’ll have a few questions to get things rolling, and a small panel of LeaderShape staff and friends will be leading the way. We want to hear from you as well, so we’ll be using BigMarker, the same platform we use for our webinar series. There will be several ways for you to add your thoughts to the conversation through this platform. Be sure to save your spot by registering here.

We’re eager to read along with you and are looking forward to November 28!

November: Getting Behind the Movement (Part I)

Here at LeaderShape, we rely on the power of our community to make what we do possible. We believe that anything is possible with a compelling vision, integrity, a supportive community and the commitment to stay in action. We spent October reflecting in the moment, and we hope you did too (check out the Mindfulness Matters activities to try and five key takeaways from the month). 

Our vision is a just, caring, and thriving world where everyone leads with integrity and lives in possibility. Where we work in community with one another. Where everyone recognizes their own gifts and finds ways to use them for the greater good. Our intention is to create spaces for others to be included and contribute in this world and then by doing so, lead others to do the same – to lead, live.

This month we invite everyone to get behind the movement with us. Our foundation is built on community and the impact that it will have on the future. The best way to enhance YOUR own personal movement is to get behind the movement of others. See the ripple effect in action this month as we ALL strive to become part of the movement.

The first step to getting involved is to support those who are doing great things.

Below is a peak at some of what we’ll be sharing on our social media platforms this month. We’re eager to reflect with the LeaderShape community this month!

#ToLeadRead Book Club

#ToLeadReadDuring National Book Month (October), we wanted to take a shot at a book club of sorts, taking #toleadread to another level. We shared four titles and through a heated bracket of tough competition, the final selection that was voted on is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. You can find the book at your local library or purchase it here on Amazon. Don’t forget to use Amazonsmile and donate to your favorite not-for-profit (*cough cough* LeaderShape *cough cough*).

We’ll have about a month to read the book, and some of us on staff will be sharing our progress as we go. And by “we”, we mean you and us together! You can do the same using #toleadread. Join along on Wednesday, November 28 at 1:00pm CST to explore the book with other LeaderShapers as some of the LeaderShape staff will be there to lead us through questions and discussion points.

Day 7

Join us for #Day7 to connect with those who are Getting Behind the Movement and using their abilities to make the world a better place. On Wednesday, November 7th, we will be taking a moment to offer our thanks to those who are doing great work! Some of those folks are people who have been a part of our Catalyst, the Institute, and Resilience programs, while some are outside of our community but doing work that aligns with our values and vision.

We hope you’ll join us in this expression of gratitude by showing support to people and groups who are connected to YOUR own personal movement. support to such groups is the first step in the direction of YOUR own personal movement.  So spread the word, get connected, and say thanks to all of those helping to make a difference this month for Day 7. Because in order to build an even more impactful community, we need to continue grow and spread the word about our mission.  

LeaderShape is built on the foundation of community and that wouldn’t be possible without such amazing supporters. Thank you for all that you do, and we hope to hear from you on 11.07.18.

7 Days of Gratitude

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Check in with us for 7 days of sharing your gratitude with those around you. We will be focusing on 7 different ways to say show people what they mean to you –  because a little gesture can go a long way! Don’t miss out on activities such as preparing a meal for you family or friends or writing a gratitude list.

 

 


This is one part of a two part blog because we have a cornucopia of events happening in November! Come back tomorrow for updates on an upcoming webinar, Giving Tuesday, and more LeaderShapers in action

Reflecting in the Moment: 5 Take-Aways

We enjoyed spending October digging into the ways in which we can be in the moment with you. As we reflect on what we shared (and learned!) this month, there are five key take-aways that we want to leave you with.

Learn to MeditateOctober
One way we can be in the moment is through meditation. Although it may be typical to spend several minutes in meditation, you can always take a few moments during the day to practice this kind of mindfulness quickly but intentionally. Find a quiet space, sit comfortably and remember 5, 3, 8, 1.

  • Inhale and count to 5
  • Hold your breath and count to 3
  • Exhale and count to 8
  • Hold your breath and count to 1

Repeat as needed and experience the benefits of mindful and focused attention.

Set aside time for yourself during the day
You know that saying, “you can’t pour from an empty cup”? We believe that it is a pretty accurate message. Consider this an encouragement to designate time for yourself each day. If you find it’s difficult to do so, maybe these strategies will help get you started:

  • Make an appointment with yourself and put it in your calendar
  • Ask someone you trust to help keep you accountable by checking in with you
  • Set an encouraging reminder
  • Know you deserve the time for yourself

Take the time to read
If you don’t consider yourself to be a reader, we hope we can change your mind. There are so many compelling reasons to read. And spending some time with a book could be the way in which you take time for yourself each day (see our point above, friends).

Find your mindfulness activity
Mindfulness, or focused awareness, is another way we can stay in the moment. Plus, it can help us to reduce stress and become more resilient. But here’s the thing. In order for a mindfulness practice to work for you, you need to do something that, well, works for you. When selecting an activity, it’s important for you choose one that fits your style, your schedule, your goals, etc.

Not sure what kind of activity would work for you? We’ve compiled several for you to try.

Do you have anything to add to our take-aways from the past month?
Drop them in the comments!