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Leaders’ choices: collectively co-creating sustainability

Why is the change towards sustainability happening so slowly in many companies and initiatives? Could it be linked to leadership and the way leadership affects initiatives? Every change in an organization results from the choices made by dedicated people. Leaders are therefore co-creators of an interconnected reality. Leaders need to respond to a call for a sustainable world – as well as to questions about human dignity, inclusiveness, and a fairer distribution of wealth Leaders mirror their organization, while, at the same time, holding the potential to impact the way an orginisation view itself. Leadership based on lived values can change an entire
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What is your contribution to to the whole?

Are you inspired by your achievements or the meaning behind what you achieved?   We all want to have an impact, to make a difference, to create and contribute to the whole. Yet we are all human, and this means we unconsciously lay traps for ourselves. We are afraid of mistakes. We do not believe that our contribution counts. We doubt our expertise. We work tirelessly, heading toward burnout. Or we get hooked on success, become power hungry, thrive on competition and elevate ourselves above others. The heart is your guide to contribution. Passion creates energy because it focuses attention. It organizes life,
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Mutual support: connecting potential

We are here to support each other to grow, to develop, to thrive, and sometimes to survive. When we support each other we live our whole potential. It is not about being equal; it is about each person’s, each stakeholder’s potential to contribute to future possibilities, to the impact. Our contribution only becomes successful if other people’s contributions are also of  high quality. Mutual support is therefore serving ourselves, the other, and the whole. When we mutually support a sustainable future it greatly increases the vitality of a system of actors –  be it a team, an organization or collaborating partner institutions. Life
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STAYING IN THE COLLABORATIVE FIELD

The meeting room is much too small for almost 45 people. It is hot, the tiled floor does not help much, and the ordinary plastic chairs are not particularly comfortable. Little wind is coming through the open door that leads to the street. The occasional car driving past worsens the acoustics in the room. Down the hill is the sea, the vast Atlantic Ocean of Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, the invitation to a swim is ignored. Despite the almost unbearable heat, the group concentrates on a written document that is projected onto the wall. Step by step we work
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The Future of Humanity

  ‘The Future of Humanity’ is a small text which captures the conversation between the philosopher J. Krishamurti and the physicist David Bohm. The text concludes that humankind’s biggest problem is the human thought process itself. This process creates unnecessary separations between people, denying each other their deeper humanity. When people see the story behind a tense situation or difficult to understand behavior, when they see the humanness in another person – they develop compassion that often leads to revolutionary change.   The knowledge of our shared humanity is what allows us to transcend  cultures, nations and organizations. For example,
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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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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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Decisiveness

The COLLECTIVE LEADERSHIP COMPASS distinguishes three subcategories which unlocks FUTURE POSSIBILITIES. These are Future orientation,  Empowerment and Decisiveness. This post will focus on Decisiveness. Once we have seen future possibilities and recognized ways to empower ourselves, and others, we need to act decisively. As human beings we thrive on putting insights into action. Revelations that do not have consequences in actions and behaviours are futile. Similarly, abandoned resolutions stay with us and lower our self-confidence. This also applies to collaborative endeavours. If meetings do not take place at the announced dates, if decisions jointly made aren’t followed through, if agreed targets
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