Dr. Greg Nelson - The Strategic Stop (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:00pm

In his book The Strategic Stop, Dr. Greg Nelson is calling into question our culture’s tilt toward “doing” in contrast to “being”. The highest value in our workplaces has been productivity, and while that seems normal to us, we have paid a price as individual workers, teams, and organizations. We are jeopardizing the soul of our greatest resource: the human being side of our doers; knowing and honoring each other's strengths, preferences, and unique experiences as human beings; the challenge to bring all this essential humanity into a deeper innovative collaboration. This constant clamor of our 24/7 nonstop culture has been labeled by the World Health Organization a “modern plague.”

Why? Because we are literally killing ourselves with one To Do list after another.

How? We are neglecting some of the most significant human experiences vital to producing a life of well-being and fulfillment.

The truth is, the human system is designed to optimize life by means of regular pauses. But not just stopping. A strategic stop. Drawing from the fields of neuroscience, business, sports, and the world’s wisdom traditions to make the case, The Strategic Stop lays out nine vital pauses designed to increase human well-being and effective living in and out of the workplace; nine practices to include in the regular rhythm of your life: Start with rest, Shape your recovery, State your Why, Strengthen self-awareness, Shift limiting beliefs, Sharpen strengths, Surround yourself with support, Solidify the ballast of your leadership and organization, and Sabbath your time.These nine strategic stops will transform the way you work, manage, and live because you are you choosing to be more intentional about the kind of life you want to live. You are refusing to allow the urgent to dictate your priorities. You are taking back your life in order to really live your life. You are allowing yourself to come face to face with your fullest human potential by embracing your identity as a human “being” not merely a human “doing.” Whether you’re a leader who manages a team or heads up a company, or an independent contributor, or a parent faced with unending responsibilities to your family and work, if you’ve ever felt like you’re in bondage to your busyness and nonstop schedule and have lost a bit of yourself in the process, this book is for you. It will guide you to pay attention to these vital habits that will help you thrive not just survive.

Here’s what you will get in this book:

  • You will get a vision for what it means to shape Strategic Stops in your work and life and why it’s so vital to your well being
  • You will identify what your most significant Strategic Stop needs to be in order to bring more fullness to your life
  • You will outline specific personal and professional steps for how to maximize your stops
  • You will learn how to optimize rest and resilience in ways that leverage your own energy style
  • You will deepen your self-awareness to increase confidence, purpose, and well-being
  • You will deconstruct limiting beliefs and replace them with empowering beliefs that liberate you
  • You will learn how to build more healthy relationships on your team at work and beyond that provide you far greater support and collaboration
  • You will bring clarity to your purpose that increases your impact and influence in your organization
  • By building more strategic “stopping points” into the regular rhythm of your life, you will take back your human “being” side and live more fully alive.

Our workplace culture desperately needs to restore balance to our humanity by valuing human well-being. And when we pay attention to this priority, our engagement and productivity become more human-centered and, in the end, more effective.

Dr. Greg Nelson, author, professional speaker, and leadership and team strengths coach, has spoken to and worked with leaders and teams in organizations like Fitbit, Amazon, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Applied Materials, Walmart, Lyft, Golden Gate University, Best Buddies International, and a World Ministerial Council gathering of 15,000 church leaders.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Higher Intermediate Italian

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 9:30am
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Six Wednesdays: Oct 25 - Dec 4 (no class 11/27) • 9:30 am - 11:30 am • $225

Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in US at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and at the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Lower Intermediate Italian

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 10:00am
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Six Fridays: Oct 25 - Dec 6 (no class 11/29) • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $225

Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in US at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and at the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Sara Bender - Intermediate Spanish

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 10:30am
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Seven Fridays • Oct 25 - Dec 13 (no class 11/29) • 10:30am-12:30pm • $245

Participants will learn more conversational Spanish, improve upon and add to their vocabulary, work on their accents and learn the remaining “core” grammar.

Sara Bender was born in Mexico and later received her Master’s degree in Secondary Spanish from Johns Hopkins University. She has taught and tutored Spanish for several years. 

What Students Say about Sara Bender 

“Thank you for offering Spanish language classes taught by Sara. I will continue taking Spanish classes at Book Passage for as long as Profesora Bender teaches them. She is fluent in Spanish, an excellent teacher, and very delightful.” – Ann Becker

"I just completed an absolutely delightful Spanish class taught by Cyretta and her daughter Sara Bender. It was terrific." - Maeve B.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Tim Lea - Writing for Television – A View From the Inside and How to Get There

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 10:00am
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Saturday, October 26 • 10-2 pm • Tuition: $110

Playwright, director, television writer and producer Tim Lea provides insights on a wide variety of topics from finding an agent, sample script writing, staffing, pitching stories and shows, and what to expect in your career trajectory. The class will consist of two sections – an overview of the state of the industry and the process of breaking in, and an introduction to a hands-on process for getting your first script written, read, and produced in Hollywood.

Tim Lea has worked on numerous television shows including CSI:NY, Law and Order, Criminal Intent, and Flash Forward.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Kirsten DeLeo - Present Through the End (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 11:00am

Present through the End offers the guidance and essential wisdom we need when we are struggling to support someone who is nearing death. This book helps us meet the many challenges ahead and navigate through difficult times with clarity and kindness--both for the person who is dying and also for ourselves.

Inspired by decades of experience caring for the dying and years teaching contemplative care around the world, Kirsten DeLeo shares down-to-earth advice and offers short, simple "on the spot" tools to help us handle our emotions, deal with difficult relationships, talk about spiritual matters, practice self-care, listen fully, and more. This book offers insight and encouragement when we are unsure what to do or say and shows us how to be present even though we may feel utterly helpless, love when loss is just around the corner, and be fully alive to each moment as time runs out.

Kirsten DeLeo is an international trainer with the Spiritual Care Program, an outreach network that offers education and care in eleven countries. For fourteen years she served as lead faculty of "Authentic Presence," a professional certificate in contemplative end-of-life care that was launched at Naropa University and now runs as an independent program. She is a member of the Buddhist Ministry Work Group, an initiative of Harvard School of Divinity. Kirsten has been teaching in the field of contemplative care for more than twenty-five years, is a counselor, and has been immersed in Buddhist practice for over twenty years, including a three-year meditation retreat.

Present through the End: A Caring Companion's Guide for Accompanying the Dying Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611807684
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Shambhala - August 27th, 2019

A trusted companion and go-to resource for everyone supporting someone at the end of life--from the moment we first learn that someone is dying through the time of death and beyond.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925