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At the Edge of Chaos

How do we change? Life is about change, some directed consciously, some responded to unconsciously, but most of it simply experienced. We arrive at a crucial point in our leadership journey when we experience change more consciously rather than being stuck in reactive patterns.
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Crises can be the most rewarding and full of growth

  Do you know the times when you tried out various paths with successes and failures, but are somehow unable to reconnect with you skills and early aspirations, your role in the world? Crises do not always have an easily understandable purpose. Not every crisis leads to deeper reflection or a reconnection with our deeper intention and our deeply held values. But they are a form of rebalancing and it is worthwhile to discover the underlying positive natural intent in them. The outcome of learning is unpredictable. The fear and anxiety are unconsciously part of our journey, the less we
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Using a compass for planning our collaborative actions

Life is about evolutionary change. Leadership challenges in the outer world are always opportunities to grow – as a person, but also as a leader who is dedicated to making a difference for the world of tomorrow in collaboration with others. People who lead collectively venture into the unknown. They take the road less travelled if it leads to innovation and the testing of new approaches. They are visionaries who keep a sense of wholeness alive and connect with future possibilities. They find innovative solutions and consensual agreements through diverse perspectives and respect for difference and inspire others to engage
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How do we recognise groups of committed citizens for sustainability?

Collaboration for sustainability requires well functioning groups of people who lead collectively – be they called management teams, project teams, core groups, committees, partnership teams, task forces, working groups or a leaders network. They exist within one or across several organisations. They are composed as cross-sector groups – with representatives from civil society, public sector and private sector. People in such groups have differences in power, experience, education and culture. They have language barriers, as not everybody is able to communicate in his or her native language. This is all part of our sustainability endeavour. Luckily we are diverse and
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The quest for understanding is the search for wholeness

As the year 2013 comes to a close it is time for me to retreat and renew the journey. I know I am one among many who are on a continuous quest for understanding the world as one great whole expressing itself in the vast variety of life. This quest is as old as humankind and has often been the subject of religious, philosophical and natural science studies. It connects us with the journey of all of mankind. Ithelps me to remember the architect Christopher Alexander . He suggests a worldview in which nature’s tendency to create wholeness is at the centre. In
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Stakeholder engagement – a practical guide for companies

Discovering the needs and benefits of collaboration with stakeholders can be a painful experience for companies. Anticipating the potential in stakeholder dialogues early and following a step-by-step guide can lead to successful shared value creation. The trend towards cross-sector collaboration and stakeholder dialogues is clear. Management strategists around the world are wondering: Are we moving towards a convergence of values? Will shared value creation – expanding the total pool of social and economic value – become the norm? The underlying idea – partnerships between businesses and other sectors can drive sustainable development. Visionary companies are tapping into these trends and understand that
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Unfolding the courage to be you

It is not a once-off occasion when you suddenly begin to speak your true voice. It is a gradual process of unfolding the courage to be really you. This takes time. If you trace the history of your voice, you might find moments when you attempted to speak from the heart, but it had no impact in the world. Or you might find other times when you were heard, but the voice you spoke did not really come from the heart.
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How do we strengthen our ability to create?

When the three generative energies of passion, commitment and contemplation flow freely and in balance, what we are capable of bringing into this world shows up more clearly. We might suddenly remember an unrealistic dream and discover that it’s possible now. Or we give attention to an idea that has accompanied us for a while but we never had the time to pursue. Or we have an intention that was at the bottom of our heart more openly. Or we suddenly notice that we have known all along that we need to do something different and now have the courage
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Our generative process: why contemplation is productive

Reflection always finds us, whether it is our yearning hunger for stillness or our move into slightly disenchanted self-doubt. There is nothing wrong with it. It is a circle turning and helping us to make sense of experience; helping us, in some cases, to re-connect with what we really want, with the core of our intention, with new possibilities for our contribution, with our leadership quest.
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Stakeholder engagement – a practical guide for companies

Discovering the needs and benefits of collaboration with stakeholders can be a painful experience for companies. Anticipating the potential in stakeholder dialogues early and following a step-by-step guide can lead to successful shared value creation. The trend towards cross-sector collaboration and stakeholder dialogues is clear. Management strategists around the world are wondering: Are we moving towards a convergence of values? ) Will shared value creation expanding the total pool of social and economic value) become the norm? The underlying idea –  stakeholder cooperation between businesses and other sectors can drive sustainable development. Visionary companies are tapping into these trends and understand that
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