And then you see the story

From the many encounters I have had with leaders from various parts of the world, I have noticed a remarkable aspect of today’s reality: the desire to make a difference is present in many leaders, however deeply buried. I met very, very few who, if sincerely questioned, would not find deep in their heart the aspiration to contribute to a better world. Some weeks ago I had a conversation with a senior manager from a large international consulting company. Do you know this: you are in the rush of your professional work, you have an appointment with somebody your office
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Bringing our unique potential into the world

In my personal experience, leading means shaping the future creatively: my own journey, a collective journey or issues to influence. When reflecting on the way I lead, I often turn back to a quote by Michael Jones – it has helped me many time to get myself back on track to leading future possibilities when times where difficult and the road was rough.  “….the question: must I lead? Is a perennial question that can never be settled once and for all time. Leading from our gifts is an art, as with all of art, is not something that we choose,
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Beginning to see reality in a different way

One of the most striking realizations when we begin to get interested in leading for sustainability is that we are not traveling alone. We sense the innumerable fellow travelers with quests, intentions that live and get lost and are found again, and a deep unanswered desire to serve humanity. When this point in the journey is reached, a whole new set of questions opens up. They all relate to the theme of leading in conjunction with others. If the ground from which I lead has shifted, how will it reflect in the collective? What is my role in collectively leading
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We are not travelling alone

One of my most striking realizations in sustainability engagement is when I have a profound experience of not travelling alone. It is the moment when I sense the innumerable fellow travellers with their quests, intentions that live and get lost and are found again, and a deep unanswered desire to serve humanity. And often I experience this in unexpected circumstances like this: an evening meeting before a workshop to plan the follow-on phase of an international partnership on water management. Present are representatives from SABMiller, WWF, Nature Conservancy, The German and the British development cooperation, EDEKA and, yes, Coca Cola
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Sustainability needs innovation on a large scale

Sustainability implies innovation, but not all innovations lead to sustainability. The challenges of sustainability cannot be addressed by singular solutions, territorial claims and individual intelligence alone. We need to act and drive innovation in a context of understanding the world as an interconnected system and understanding humankind as a web of relationships. We also need to acknowledge that consciousness, as much as it expressed through individuals, is one interconnected world-consciousness. Innovation is an individual or collective manifestation of future-oriented consciousness and not simply the product of an individual brain. It is enhanced by a combination of reaching deeply into our
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Have you ever felt powerless?

Do you know this: You lose your ability to influence and go through a long period of self-doubt, lack of confidence and an inability to lead with your full potential. Experiences of powerlessness hit our most vulnerable spot, the feeling of not being in control. Powerlessness revives all common fears – the fear of abandonment, failure, betrayal, inadequacy, insignificance, oppression, and loss of control. Although no such crisis on our leadership path is pre-designed, I believe disappointment and disillusionment are an unavoidable part of any leadership journey. However, the feeling of powerlessness can be seen as an initiating experience. When
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Observing elegance

What if we all knew the place within that is at home with the universe? What if we all knew how it feels to tend the common, the very force that nurtures all of us? The quest for understanding the world as one great whole expressing itself in the vast variety of life is as old as humankind and has often been the subject of religious, philosophical and natural science studies. And yet, we all know what it means when we are experiencing a moment that is special.
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Welcome to my blog “Living Collective Leadership”

I believe our globalized world needs innovation through collective leadership, the ability of people to think together and the growth of respect for diversity. This applies to organizational change as much it applies to new forms of cooperation between people and between organizations, locally and globally. In my work I am dedicated to facilitating the ability of people to collectively design and lead sustainable futures. My experience is that this results in more people owning the future and implementing change wholeheartedly: in the corporate world, public institutions and civil society organizations. Dialogic and collaborative change unfolds its own dynamic and
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