Volume 68, November 2006: Reflective Writing

Keyzine: An E-zine for Leaders about the People Side of Business

This is a monthly electronic magazine for anyone who wants to be a better leader, coach, facilitator, or simply, to tune up their people skills. It is a complimentary publication, devoted to the next evolution of Quality Thinking.

Publisher: © Key Associates, LLC, 2006 ISSN # 1545-8873

“I write to learn what I think.” — Unknown

“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.” — Tom Clancy

“I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” — Mark Twain

“Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.” — Virginia Woolf


  • What’s Hot in Leadership
  • Maintaining Yourself as a Leader
  • Frequently Asked Questions from Leaders
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Useful Websites & Newsletters
  • Articles/Publications

What’s Hot in Leadership

  • Setting time for writing and reflection.
  • Taking command of language(s).
  • Open communication and self-disclosure.
  • Writing to learn about yourself, as well as to communicate to others.
  • Fearless writing.

Maintaining Yourself as a Leader

There is an artist and an author in all of us. Yet many of us have tucked the abilities deep inside, having been silenced or belittled by analytical critics (amongst them, ourselves).Unused, the skills are like unexercised muscle groups, which require a regular trip to the gym. Writing is a creative act, a journey to the inner self. Write on a regular basis, to learn what you think, to awaken your sensibilities, to express who you are. Every person authors their own experience. Reclaim your voice through the written word.

Frequently Asked Questions

“I have no time to write.”
There is always “enough” time: it is your choice how to spend it constructively. Read Bonni Goldberg’s “Room to Write.” The most successful writers I know have set a regular time of day to write, blocked it out on their calendar, removed the influence of phone and email, closed the door, and produced whatever occurred to them in that time period. It is a type of forced production. Or write as you move through life. Carry a journal or notepad, to capture flashes as they occur. These will be the nuggets of a later work.
“What do I write about?”
  • Personal events – changes, transitions
  • Reaction to local, national or global events
  • Gratitude and noting good things that happen
  • What you want to be remembered for (your obit)
  • Putting in letter form something you have always wanted to say to someone, dead or alive
  • Design a constructive response to a problem
  • Reflect on memories
“What if I have a fear of writing?”
Do not worry about correctness or being a good writer. Be a fearless writer. The “creator” must come before the “critic.” Write with abandon, for your eyes only. And when the muse has left you, switch brains and edit. Or ask someone else to do that task. Instead of outlining, mind-map or brain-sketch. The mind thinks in patterns, neural pathways, and not in a linear fashion. See Mind Maps for instructions on how to.
“How do I know if the writing is worthy of an audience?”
Pilot-test your fearless writing. Read your work aloud (don’t keep something on paper that you wouldn’t actually say). Write under the assumption that “the reader knows nothing.” In general, use the language of PlainSpeak. Simplify, simplify, simplify. Prune and strive for order. Choose a group of trustworthy colleagues who can read your work, tell you what they perceive, and make constructive suggestions. Feedback will be your ally.


Training and education on the power of writing: Center for Journal Therapy.

How to journal your personal history: Journaling, Autobiography and Personal History.

Writing for stress management: Journaling for Stress Management.

Key Associates offers courseware on Creativity and Innovation. Also journaling, as a part of Leadership Development.

Useful Websites & Newsletters

How to enhance your life through journaling: Journal for You.

Hand-made books and journals: Handmade Journals.

Create an on-line journal: OurStory.

How to draw your thoughts on a mind-map: Mind Maps.

Keyzines on related topics: Innovation, The Leader as Storyteller, Creative Expression, and The World of Words.



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