Empathy – Walking in another’s shoes

There is an African pro-verb saying “don’t judge people unless you have walked for a couple of miles in their shoes”. Yet discernment is human; it is part of our life. We often need it to walk our path with clarity. Can we learn discernment while simultaneously also learning to suspend judgment? Judging inappropriately and denying ourselves our shared humanity is a tendency we all have. It shows up in the inner struggle to walk past or help a beggar in the streets or in making or not making the time to ask our staff – how are you? If
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Mindfulness keeps us Aware

Awareness creates the distance needed to observe reality without judgment. In turn, such a distance allows insights to emerge. What seems separate begins to fit into a bigger picture. Awareness begins with observation and reflection. When we observe we take a step backwards. Instead of getting entangled in habitual patterns we just watch and become aware of all we have not noticed before. Integrating phases of stillness into our leadership journey helps us to slowly disintegrate habitual thought patterns, or preconceptions, and their subsequent actions. And when we  reflect, we draw meaning and coherence from a stream of incoherent experiences. This is
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Agile rather than just Comfortable

The COLLECTIVE LEADERSHIP COMPASS distinguishes three roads to INNOVATION. These are Creativity, Excellence, and Agility. This post looks at the aspect of AGILITY. There are as many unique comfort zones in this world as there are people. For innovation to occur, we need to become aware of our comfort zones and to push them bit by bit – every day. In this way we discover the world anew and we strengthen our capacity to adapt to new situations. Giving up on sustainability issues is not an option. The world is made up of territories, internal and external, but the challenges of sustainability do not stop
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Reconnecting with our early intention

I remember when I was a child that I never understood why people went to war. I never asked and never talked about it, but to me there was no sense in it. When I grew up in the divided city of Berlin, I began to day-dream about speaking to people about reconciling and making peace. This is what I call my early intention: without anybody telling me I felt that something needed to be changed in the world. When you find yourself in a state of questioning your leadership contribution, I believe it is worth looking at the early
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Making America Great Again!

Here are 6 humble suggestions to Donald Trump for a legendary presidential term: Life is great when one has just won the presidential elections and succeeded in becoming one of the most influential persons in the world. Life is less great when one has to shift one’s warrior strategy of winning against Hilary Clinton to a queen’s strategy of responsibly ruling a country as important as the United States (OK- let’s say sovereign strategy). One may need to integrate sufficient lover strategies to win over the 75% of the American population that did not vote for one and may need
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Practice makes… Excellent

The COLLECTIVE LEADERSHIP COMPASS distinguishes three roads to INNOVATION. These are Creativity, Excellence, and Agility. This post looks at the aspect of EXCELLENCE. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle When I was still at school, I never had difficulties performing well – and I mean well, not excellently. I made it my habit to set the easy goal of “do well” but not “become the best”. That worked until I learned a craft – joinery. The moment of revelation came when I noticed that it makes sense to cut a piece of wood exactly
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No EXIT -Life is a Quest

Life is a quest for meaning, purpose and wholeness. The universe, in its very essence is cooperative. Life is collaborative. It is complex, interdependent and constantly in the process of “self-making. And we, as human beings, carry the same cooperative capacity within us. If we understand the magic of successful and constructive human collaboration, could it become a key to co-creating a more sustainable future? Would it increase our capability to adapt, to learn, to find solutions to problems, to innovate and to be more effective? In business, in society, in the world? Join me as I explore this topic further
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Creativity births Innovative Solutions

The COLLECTIVE LEADERSHIP COMPASS distinguishes three roads to INNOVATION. These are Creativity, Excellence, and Agility. This post will look at the aspect of CREATIVITY. In order to generate innovative solutions we need to remember that we are all creative. Yet, although we are born creative we can unlearn creativity, we can deprive ourselves of our own creativity, and we can deaden creativity in our professional context. Setting creativity free is therefore often a process of unblocking or reviving that which is already buried deep inside. Why should we relearn creativity? Because we need it, we will not master the challenges of sustainability without creative
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Scaling-Up Innovation

INNOVATION is the successful implementation of new ideas – it allows us to unfold our vision into reality. It is a force each of us has inside, as well as a phenomenon which occurs as a result of human interaction. It is a culture, not the skill of a few rare people. Yet, not all of us arrive at innovative solutions in the same way. Some of us are quintessential inventors while others are slow to generate new ideas. Sustainable INNOVATION therefore needs collaboration between the creativity of the brilliant inventors and the keepers of the current reality. Leading with FUTURE
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No Exit – Collaboration Is Our Only Option

Can businesses drive societal change for the better through collaboration? There are numerous examples that this can be true. Just a few weeks ago, the local chapter of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development the Chilean organization ACCIÓN hosted a seminar with the title – Collaboration – no exit! Read more at the Huffington Post…
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