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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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Why We Need a Compass for Better Co-creation

Let us remember – better co-creation is about increasing the impact for sustainability by getting things done faster, coming to better decisions, saving money, and being more content as we achieve results jointly. Collective leadership for sustainability is the capacity of a group of actors to deliver their contribution to a joint purpose collaboratively, while putting high priority on the common good, and a balance between the needs of people, profit, and planet. The Collective Leadership Compass is a practice-oriented approach to leading complex change in multi-actor settings. It empowers leaders to navigate successful collaboration settings for sustainable development in an
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10 Features of Successful Collaboration Initiatives

Collaboration for sustainability requires well-functioning groups of collective leaders. Such leaders can be labeled management teams, project teams, core groups, committees, partnership teams, task forces, working groups or a leaders network but what they all have in common is that they work together as a collective. How can we identify common features that make all these different groups successful, that enable them to “change the world” (even if it is only a portion of the world)? These are the ten features that I have observed in well functioning teams within collaboration initiatives: There was an urgent case for change and it
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Enhancing trust-based co-creation

Respect for difference is a crucial element when faced with the challenge of creating trust within multi-actor settings. When we appreciate the dignity of another person, acknowledge a different world-view – or an opposing opinion without necessarily agreeing – we build trust and this in turn unleashes a dynamic of contribution. In such high quality collaboration processes people will open up, contributing not only their own expertise, but also their connections to other experts. In addition they are able to start leveraging support when the value of taking things forward starts to outweigh skepticism, criticism and doubt. However,  rather than investing all
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Inquiring into Wholeness

How can we contribute to WHOLENESS more consciously? The whole of ourselves? The whole of our initiatives? The whole of our world? We can start by balancing our outward leadership for sustainability with our ongoing own internal journey. If we remain fragmented and dis-integrated as we walk through life, we will create the same outside of us. The more balanced and flexible our identity becomes, the less energy we need to spend on self-defence and territorial fights. We also become stronger the more we support other people’s journeys. We need to learn new ways of asking what a situation requires
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Can power be controlled?

Humans have long been fascinated by the dynamism of free-flowing waters. Yet we have expended great effort to tame rivers for transportation, water supply, flood control, agriculture, and power generation. Poff et al, 2008, The Natural Flow Regime   Sometimes life develops as if designed by us. We feel we are in a flow. At other times, things happen that push our life into disarray. We feel we are loosing control. As we fight against feelings of powerlessness we respond by identifying problems developing and implementing a solution for its control. Control is profoundly ingrained within most existing human societies:
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The power of powerlessness

It seems paradoxical that leaders can become more powerful through a loss of power. A fear of  powerlessness and the inability to control an unsustainable future, a reluctant stakeholder group or an inner battle could lead to a long period of self-doubt, lack of confidence and an inability to lead according to our full potential. Experiences of powerlessness hit our most vulnerable spot, the feeling of not being in control. Powerlessness revives most common fears such as the fear of abandonment, failure, betrayal, inadequacy, insignificance, oppression, and loss of love.   Yet, disappointment and disillusionment are an unavoidable part of any leadership
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