“This book will awaken in you an awareness that you are magnificently made. It will also challenge you to critically assess who you are, and where you are. Whether you are leading others or striving to lead yourself in this complex and often confusing world, the practice of becoming self-aware can feel risky, but it offers many rewards. Fred Rogers said it best: “Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime’s work, but it’s worth the effort.”

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Be Self-Aware

“Humans are beautifully and frighteningly complex, capable of bringing joy to others, or inflicting pain on them. When leaders invest in understanding both the good and not-so-good aspects of their Design, people and organizations will benefit.” -Dr. Anthony J. Marchese

From DESIGN: An Owner’s Manual for Learning, Living, and Leading with Purpose


“Birthright gifts reveal the depth and breadth of human diversity. While we all share in common the presence of Design, the way our gifts manifest themselves is as unique to each of us as our DNA. Like discovering our place of origin, knowledge of our gifts serves as a stabilizing force as our identity and calling become clearer. Acknowledging and developing our gifts helps reveal our place on the brilliant tapestry of human experience.”  -Dr. Anthony J. Marchese, From DESIGN: An Owner’s Manual for Learning, Living, and Leading with Purpose

I am excited to announce that my book, DESIGN: An Owner’s Manual for Learning, Living, and Leading was published this month. If you feel like you have strayed far from home- from your identity or purpose- or perhaps never really discovered either, this book is for you! If you would like to learn more about it, please click on the link below! Prepare to embark on the journey of a lifetime!

Doug Walters and I continue our six-part televised conversation. Poet David Whyte offers a complementary reflection on personal identity and function. See the poem and then the video below.

Sweet Darkness

By David Whyte

When your eyes are tired the world is tired also.

When your vision has gone no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark where the night has eyes to recognize its own.

There you can be sure you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your womb tonight.

The night will give you a horizon further than you can see.

You must learn one thing: the world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds except the one to which you belong.

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.


The conversation continues. Greater self-awareness of our distinctiveness can be harnessed to help us make choices that resonate with our “Birthright Gifts”. The result- increased engagement, happiness, and creativity.

Doug and I continue our televised conversation.

On this second segment of this program of The Reflective Leader, Dr. Tony Marchese and Mr. Doug Walters utilize the metaphor of a Personal Owner’s Manual to challenge viewers to meaningfully consider the relationship of their unique constitution to their unique contribution to this world. This program explores the deeper dimensions of human diversity and its impact when fully realized.