Noticing beauty

noticing beauty

A theme building on this site is the power of Beauty.

Today, a contribution from Kay Scorah, which has me musing on beauty and how it links with the power of noticing.

“First, let me be still and find the beauty that lies within me.
Then, be open, and let me take the time to really see you, and see the beauty that is within you.
From this beautiful place, let us look at the world together; at everyone and everything in it.
And let us co-create something beautiful.”
~ Kay Scorah
Through our mutual connection to the Modern Elder Academy, as two members of the “beta” of this amazing programme and facility both based in London, we met up earlier this summer.
This past week we met again, as I had invited Kay to join Alan Moore and I and a group of other experienced facilitators, designers, “masters craftspersons” for a few days in November.
Kay shared how she is known for being a “noticer“, a lovely turn of phrase. She then, in accepting the invitation, shared some thoughts around being drawn to beauty. I was literally stunned by the beauty of her words and so could not capture them.
I then messaged her afterwards and she shared them, now shared with you above 🙏🏻
Given the overarching theme of my writing being #OpenLeadership, what does  beatuy, what does noticing mean for leadership and business?
Well, the opening words on the home page of this site are:
Who are you without your title?
Command-and-control leadership is losing its grip. A new way of thinking is emerging: leadership that embraces change as constant, encourages individual thought, relies on intuition more than data, fluidity more than hierarchy, trust more than fear, and the common good more than profit.
This type of what I call “Open Leadership” starts with, as the #BeMoreYou page describes in depth, leaders with these four attributes:
  • Hungry
  • Humble
  • Brave
  • Open

Such leaders are insatiably curious, always looking to learn new ideas. They lead, they don’t dictate. They inspire, they don’t push. “A leader is someone others choose to follow”.

Noticing, then, is a key trait of open leaders. Like any skill, it is part innate, and part developed.

I leave you, then, with a beautiful short poem on the art of noticing from Kay Scorah’s blog:

kay scorah noticing

I see. You see.
by kayscorah

Crying. Too much mascara.

Elephants drinking in still water lake. Reflected.

North of England industrial skyline. Inverted.

What do you see?

Different experiences, different cultures, different context, different mood.

How often do you stop to ask others what they see?