My Writing

My Writing

I get my best ideas from listening to people. Fortunately, that’s my job.

I like to say that people are my library, and my daily writing practice is a way to discover what’s in it: new ideas, inspiration, wisdom, and a little whimsy for good measure.  As your humble librarian I invite you to check out a new idea every day. No late fees ever.

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UNTHINKABLE – 2 : “Let Go” – looking at our fears

The UNTHINKABLE articles were first posted on Linked In. 

I smile as I recognise that the speed of change and evolution now means that I’ve put developing this leadership model on hold for now. I am, however, leaving these 7 articles up as I feel they do illustrate core source issues and opportunities for leaders to look at in themselves prior to developing and practicing their own evolution of their leadership.

(The second in a series of articles inspired by a Sep 26, 2017 Workshop for Entrepreneurial Scotland)

 

The first in this series of articles featured a nascent Open Leadership Model.

The first theme for leaders is to Let Go of their fears, as we cannot lead from a place of fear, we must lead from a place of confidence and trust. Under this theme sit three focal points, and I will look at these in the next article.

For this article, though, let’s first look at our own fears. Take a moment to consider what your own deepest fears are as a human being, as who we are and what our values and beliefs are (and our fears) will always impact our business and the people involved in it.

To give you a story to stimulate your process, I share a story. A past client of mine lives in the Caribbean and is a star in their specialist field, leading their business in that country. On September 1st, they moved into their dream home with their spouse and two young children and pregnant with their third child.

Perfect family moment, and a stable foundation at home for a leader of a dynamic business, yes ? Now watch this one minute video :

“No walls… maybe because they’re attached to the roof….that’s right, well guess everybody, no roof!”

Less than two weeks later, they contacted me, having evacuated their whole business to another Caribbean Island. The presence they showed as a leader was inspirational and showed such self-knowledge and awareness.

How well do you know yourself, how would you have responded in such a staggeringly disruptive and unthinkable situation ?

UNTHINKABLE – 1 : Open Leadership – a new model

The UNTHINKABLE articles were first posted on Linked In. 

I smile as I recognise that the speed of change and evolution now means that I’ve put developing this leadership model on hold for now. I am, however, leaving these 7 articles up as I feel they do illustrate core source issues and opportunities for leaders to look at in themselves prior to developing and practicing their own evolution of their leadership.

(first in a series of articles inspired by a Sep 26, 2017 Workshop for Entrepreneurial Scotland)

UNTHINKABLE – Tools for confident leaders in our age of disruption

The workshop was based on the premise that leadership as we know it will not serve us in the times we now live in. Times of rapidly accelerating change and disruption, as well as unthinkable events. Strategic planning and old school “command and control” “expert” leadership simply don’t and won’t work anymore.

The group at the workshop truly inspired me and this will be the first in a series of articles featuring the themes, content, tools and learnings captured from the workshop.

In this first article I introduce a new model for Open Leadership created for the workshop. I encourage readers to share thoughts and ideas, to collaborate. No one person has the answers to everything anymore, but I am sure that together we can evolve new models for leadership such as this nascent one !

This model has three themes, one leading on from the other. Future articles will elaborate, but this first article I will summarise the model and themes.

At the centre, it takes BRAVERY to lead in such a space of uncertainty, where the role of the leader is no longer to have the answers, but in fact to create an environment where the questions that need to be answered come forward and the answers are found within and across the organisation.

The model has three themes.

LET GO

  • The starting point for leaders is to Let Go of their fears, as we cannot lead from a place of fear, we must lead from a place of confidence and trust.
  • In order to let go, we must first focus on SELF-KNOWLEDGE, deeply looking into ourselves to understand our fears and drivers.
  • We can then seek to become deeply aware of our ENERGY and how we show up in the world and as leaders.
  • What is our ability to respond vs react ? What is our RESPONSE-ABILITY ?

OPEN LEADERSHIP

  • VISION as a concept must change to a general sense of direction, subject to frequent course correction. A very different model for visionary leadership.
  • COLLABORATION. Open Leadership is truly collaborative
  • HUMILITY. The seven most powerful words in business “I don’t’ know, what do you think” (when delivered with confidence that the answer is within the collective).

PURPOSE

  • Similar to Vision, our new world requires a simple COMPASS to follow around the higher purpose of the organisations
  • As change is rapid, unpredictable and continuous, a focus on a deeply aligned CULTURE that is truly integrated into all areas of the organisation is critical
  • With all of the above, the opportunity is there to find HIDDEN ASSETS in your business. They are never on the Balance Sheet, nor typically visible to those in the business. It takes a fresh perspective to see them and change direction.

This is a top line summary of the model, yet already I hope you can see why it is drawn as a continuing circle. The more each element is focussed upon, the more is unlocked around the model in every area.

In coming articles I will expand on the model and also introduce tools, tips and content that has inspired me to learn and share.

In addition, in true collaborative fashion, I love that LI allows editing of articles, so this and other articles in the series will morph and change based on your collaborative feedback !

UNTHINKABLE – a series on #OpenLeadership

The UNTHINKABLE articles were first posted on Linked In. 

**I smile as I recognise that the speed of change and evolution now means that I’ve put developing this leadership model on hold for now. I am, however, leaving these 7 articles up as I feel they do illustrate core source issues and opportunities for leaders to look at in themselves prior to developing and practicing their own evolution of their leadership.

Unthinkable model

1 : Open Leadership – a new model

2 : “Let Go” – what are your fears?

3 : “Let Go” – of our fears

4 : “Let Go” – Self-Knowledge

5 : “Let Go” – Energy

6 : “Let Go” – Response-Ability

7: Open Leadership – What is it ?

Movies with Meaning – the complete list

Each week for many months I wrote a “Movies with Meaning” post. From mid June 2018, I’ve suspended that weekly structure so such posts may be more sporadic, allow more #Flow if you will. This list, though, will remain highlighted for readers to be inspired to search for one on the site, view a trailer, get my thoughts, then perhaps watch it themselves !

You may have watched them, you may not. Either way, this is an offer to you to search on a movie title from the list below, follow to the post where it is featured, along with a meaning linked to the movie, then watch (or rewatch) through that lens.

Oh, and when you search on the movie title, sometimes you may find more than one post. There is no search error there, some are featured two or more times with different meanings and themes! Three movies featured multiple times are :

The complete list (updated as at June 10, 2018), now over 70 movies :

A River Runs Through It
Any Given Sunday
Arrival
Being There
Braveheart
Chariots of fire
Children of Men
Cloud Atlas
Coach Carter
Contact
Darkest Hour
Dead Poets Society
Die Hard
Eight Men Out
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Frost/Nixon
Field of Dreams
Gandhi
Gone Girl
Good Will Hunting
Groundhog Day
Harry Potter
High Fidelity
Home Alone
Hoosiers
Horton Hears a Who
Inception
Interstellar
Invictus
Jacob’s Ladder
Local Hero
Love Actually
Lucy
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Michael Clayton
Molly’s Game
Moneyball
Moulin Rouge
Papillon
Rashomon
Rollerball
Romeo & Juliet
Rush
Saving Private Ryan
Say Anything
Scent of a Woman
Senna
Shawshank Redemption
Silent Running
SpyGame
Steve Jobs
Strictly Ballroom
The Adjustment Bureau
The Big Lebowski
The Flying Scotsman
The Greatest Showman
The Insider
The Intern
The Lives of Others
The King’s Speech
The Matrix
The Mission
The Post
The Prestige
The Usual Suspects
The Water Diviner
This is Spinal Tap
To Kill a Mockingbird
Twelve Angry Men
Unbreakable
V for Vendetta
Vantage Point
What Happened to Monday?

Writing – Inspiration, Energy, Accountability

Over the years I’ve shared my thoughts prolifically via my writing. After a long hiatus,  I’m once again energised and inspired to write again.

This site was set up as a vehicle for me to write (and to create accountability and discipline to do so !

This site will host my writing going forwards, including links to work on other platforms, such as LinkedIn.

I’m doing something my future self will thank me for !

do something today

 

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