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How Leading Collectively helps to overcome silos

  We have built a world in which silos – nations, companies, people – compete with each other and world leaders and many of their followers act accordingly. But if we want to move the world towards a more sustainable future we need overcome our silo-mentality and explore the art of stakeholder collaboration. We need to see leadership as the capacity of a collective to catalyze and implement positive change for the common good, for a planet in ecological balance, an economy that serves humankind as whole and a global society where people support each other’s development. This can only
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Engaging with future possibilities is a way of life

What would you expect, if you read a book written by a 95 year old lady? If you are like me, you would expect that she looks back at her life. What if you read her book and, apart from a few analyses on what she had learned from life, she is actually looking forward, inspiring you to engage with a future full of possibilities? The book I am talking about is “The Next American Revolution”, by Grace Lee Boggs. A fascinating account of a person who has seen it all – born just after the World War I, a
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Creating a paradigm shift

The other day a colleague of mine sent me an inspiring reminder, a timeless contribution that I believe needs to be unearthed again. It was Donella Meadows’ article: Leverage Points – Places to Intervene in a System. If we look at the state of the world, humankind’s many attempts and mediocre results to take us on the road to sustainability, this is an article that makes you think – and hopefully act. You will recognize how many aspects of sustainability initiatives are stuck in regulatory approaches that – according to her – are very low on the list of effectiveness of
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Fostering commitment for change is an art one can learn

Collective action for sustainability must be guided by a leadership paradigm that is inspirational, fosters commitment by various actors and acknowledges the role of collective contributions to decision-making. Leading, here, can be seen as a co-creative process that often begins with a small group of people and aims at profound collective change. Overcoming the challenges that lie ahead of us requires building teams within our organization, action groups across several institutions or even networks for change. We need to integrate different organizational cultures into joint initiatives and foster collaboration between actors that are often not even used to communicating with
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Invigorating the quality of collaborative change initiatives

In my last blog I wrote about the importance to shift from focusing on events to processes. With such shifting attention, events become milestones in a process and are carefully designed to serve a larger purpose – only then can we create a spirit of collective leadership. Events need to be seen in the context of good process architecture (e.g. for better water management, energy efficiency, or responsible supply chains) where it is the ability of differing stakeholders to think together and lead collectively that counts. How can we use the Compass as a check for the quality of change
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Leading collectively means overcoming silos

We have built a world in which silos – nations, companies, people – compete with each other and world leaders and many of their followers act accordingly. But if we want to move the world towards a more sustainable future we need overcome our silo-mentality and explore the art of stakeholder collaboration. We need to see leadership as the capacity of a collective to catalyze and implement positive change for the common good, for a planet in ecological balance, an economy that serves humankind as whole and a global society where people support each other’s development. This can only be
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Managing you energy changes your path

In my last two blogs I described how watching our energy level contributes to more consciously leading our days and what we can do to raise the energy levels of our days. Now, life doesn’t always behave according to our daily energy ranking. So what do we do when things don’t work out the way we expect, when others pour negativity over us or when we experiences something that makes us angry, sad, doubtful or insecure?
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Managing your energy enhances self-efficacy

In my last blog I described how watching our energy level contributes to more consciously leading our days and has an impact on how we shift the way we co-create. If our energy level is higher we are less likely unconsciously dumping our negativity on others, and most often, watching our energy levels makes us more aware of when and how we go through lows and highs. Surely the highest energy level occurs when we love, life or another person or what we do. When we do not regret the days and look forward to the next. There are many
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Bringing the creative urge back into our life

We all wish to be creative, and in fact – we all are. But creativity has its own rhythms and dynamics. Bringing the creative urge back into our life is not always easy. Because it requires phases of non-action – not something we have many opportunities to do in the daily rush of events. It may help to unearth what our pattern of creativity is. One thing is sure – when we are creative, our heart is involved, we feel closer to life, and no matter how aware of it we are, we feel closer to our deepest values. People
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What I have learned from Richard Branson

Do you know these moments of insight when you realize you have walked down a track that is not taking you home to your dreams? You have traded in you biggest aspirations for something others have recommended to you as feasible? You are fire fighting, focussing on financial performance and dealing with personality issues? And then there is a window opening and you see into the future and realize that you have let mediocrity enter your life, have settled for avoidance of failure and let critics run your life whispering that your aspirations are too high? I have just come
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