If we are lucky enough to move beyond our basic needs for safety and belonging, we can begin the process of earning the esteem of ourselves and others. A few lucky souls even get to move toward self actualization in Maslow’s model.
But, for many, leadership opportunities look like nurturing their own and other’s creative self emergence. Continue reading Creative Self Emergence and Rilke’s Poetry
I was scared and the team was concerned. I stood in front of fifty expectant and dubious faces–the newly combined sales and order processing team. Within a few months, we had to:
- Eliminate a nasty conflict that divided the team
- Move half the team to a combined space
- Remove two order processing and tracking systems
- Re-engineer the entire sales and order process
- Double the size of the team
I knew the physics of change: to every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The more we tried to do the greater the resistance from the team and the organization would be. I started up my PowerPoint and hoped my unorthodox approach worked. Continue reading Leading With Operating Metaphors
Home page: Ian Schneider
Regional Meetings: Nastuh Abootalebi
Global Meeting: Daria Shevtsova
Failing Us: Kev Seto
I was not in a flow state, I was eating lunch; chewing and staring at a few words about flow I’d jotted on paper. Chewing, chewing, waiting for inspiration.
Which would be more engaging; an article on the concept of flow or one on a method to attain flow? Could I write this post as a dialogue? Could I link the method and the content that emerged from the flow state? Continue reading Flow: A Curious Method and An Explanation
As successful leaders, we know how to act in the face of fear. We calculate risk and reward and step into ambiguity, risk, and constraints every day. But, for many less experienced leaders fear begets inaction while problems fester, disruptors emerge, windows of opportunities close and learning slows. Of course, we don’t allow that happen to us… very often.
No matter how experienced, leaders still feel fear, but what are we actually afraid of? Continue reading Moving Beyond Our Fear of Appearing Incompetent Into More Creativity