Archives for Accessing our humanity

Leaders’ choices

Why is the change towards sustainability so slow in most companies? I believe, every change in an organization results from the choices made by dedicated people. Leaders are co-creators of an interconnected reality. There is hope that the leadership in global as well as local organizations will respond, out of a sense of interconnectedness and co-responsibility, to questions about human dignity, inclusiveness, and fairer distribution of wealth. It might finally respond to the call for a sustainable world. A leader in a prominent position is bound to be a mirror for the organization. He or she can be seen as
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Making sense of our leadership journey

It is sometimes a moment of revelation when one’s journey begins to make sense, when in retrospect things fall into place and one suddenly discovers that there is a theme emerging, a thread going through the chaos of experience.  Then we begin to see our leadership journey in a different light. We discover that themes are re-emerging and there was an intention at the outset of the journey. That initial intention might have had a different name, but it turns out that it may have belonged to a family of themes that gathered over time. So why then do I
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Intention creates energy fields

Intention creates energy fields. It organizes life. It creates order in our path, it attracts people and opportunities. When we neglect our deeper intention it withers and we fall short of our potential. We might not need grand visions; small steps continuously taken can create a pathway. But we need to be sure that we are moving forward in our intention. It is the daily step that will make a difference over time. We know that we have come closer to our deeper intention when the voices of doubt become less influential, less forceful. We begin to trust in building
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Reconstructing the history of our voice

All communication starts within. It is all connected. If you have intentionally or unintentionally buried your early dreams and silenced the voice of your heart, the way you communicate with people can only touch the surface. You can neither reach out to your own wholeness nor bring forth wholeness around you. You cannot access the humanity of another person when you have not accessed your own humanity. Learning to speak your voice is a process of unfolding the courage to be really you. Your deeper values, symbolically held in your early intention, your dreams, and your aspirations are gateways to
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Our search for coherence

Do you recognize this: you experience something that does not fit your expectations, neither can you align it with the image you have of yourself. Things just don’t go the way you want. You seem to hit a wall. You feel disempowered. You thought you had done everything right. But the universe seems to not be supportive of your path. Then it is time to remember an important truth that you will always find inside.
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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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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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