As we come to the end of another year, I find my thoughts and writing turning towards year-end reflections. Yesterday I wrote “Day by day, nothing seems to change” and in there noted a process for reflecting, noting:
“At this time of year, my meetings and calls with clients turn towards reflection on the year past, then to where they are now, and only after that to where they will focus in 2019”
That post largely focussed on a process for reflecting on the year past. Today, with guidance from the philosopher Alan Watts, an esoteric look at how to consider where you are today, so that then you can embrace that reality and so be truly effective in considering where you will focus in 2019.
Yes, I’m not your conventional leadership sounding board, I’m here to take you where you want to go if you are up for the journey as it can be! (more…)
I love radical change, transformative and brave. Incremental change is important, “marginal gains” and all of that is vital to maintaining forward momentum. However, for me what I love is supporting leaders who are hungry and brave and know deeply that something more radical is needed and that this is their path.
So, when a client asks me for my advice on how to transformationally change their organisation, after I listen, ask questions, then listen some more, I often come up with this statement.
This weekend the annual Kilkenomics economics and comedy festival in the gorgeous tiny city of Kilkenny.
I write this on a Sunday morning musing on diversity of thought and “how much is too much?”.
We learned that Andy Haldane (Chief Economist of the Bank of England) has found that Economist talk and listen less to those outside their profession than any other social science. My own experience is that the lens of traditional economic models places quite some limits on their thinking, though that is the ‘sandbox’ they play in, so I have openly been keen to see different thinkers at the festival.
Yesterday, though (again, as I write this on Sunday morning though), an episode occurred with one show where one person was so, so offensive to many that people got up an left. It has me musing on “how much is too much”, as one particular panellist showed up and expressed extreme views so distasteful that some people got up and left. I stayed, and these are my thoughts and reflections.
“Our world seems like a heap of fragments and it is hard to see how they cohere. Wisdom has been replaced by knowledge and knowledge has been replaced by information. Pieces of data. Chunks of data.”
Iain McGilchrist, author of “The Divided Mind”,
speaking in the documentary”Innssaei – The Power of Intuition”
In our modern world, we have largely forgotten the power of intuition.
On this site, I often muse on ideas and themes that may appear tangential at best to the theme of leadership. However, the term I use here is #OpenLeadership, and that is about being open in many ways. including to listening to “the sea within”, as the tagline to the documentary Innsaei puts it.
Let me talk to you today, then, about the power of intuition, and also a few thoughts on how to recapture it for yourself. (more…)
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