Cultivating Cultures of Care
Character cultivates caring. In my last blog here, I noted… “As a Master Facilitator with The Virtues Project, I am aware that (a) character matters and most so in times of uncertainty, (b) character is driven and developed by the practice of virtues and (c) such practice is made possible by reflecting on what each virtue looks like in action. As I face each step of the walk forward, it is crucial to assess the situation, identify the virtues called for, imagine what they would look like, and then act accordingly.
- Assess the situation with Openness and Discernment
- Identify the virtues called upon with Discernment and Decisiveness
- Imagine the virtues in action with Creativity
- Act upon that imagination with Initiative and Commitment“
This morning I was inspired by a remarkable student presentation that reminded me powerfully of (a) the importance of building cultures of community driven by character and (b) the equal importance for us to individually take true care of ourselves. After the session this morning, I found myself assessing my situation, identifying virtues needing practice, imagining their application, and acting upon it. In a subsequent class/course with those same students, I made the assignment to be an hour of self care. Their ticket out would be that they take the hour and find a way to reduce their stress. I said I would be willing to stay around if that was what helped… but I gave them all the option. They identified their plans for that self care and went off, thankful. I too made my declaration.
Building cultures that care and taking care of ourselves are not divergent themes. We set the example, and build the culture in doing so.
Peace, passion and prosperity…
Barry Lewis Green
aka The Unity Guy
Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal. Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community. Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart. The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.” With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist.