Applied Systems Thinking

Applied Systems Thinking

There are a number of approaches to supporting leaders conceptualise and engage with ‘transformational change’. My approach is heavily influenced by the principles and practices of  Adaptive Leadership, with particular emphasis placed upon the importance of establishing and maintaining a suitable container (or holding environment) for supporting the change journey.

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'Containing Change' - 10 considerations for establishing a viable Holding Environment for undertaking adaptive change

'Containing Change' - 10 considerations for establishing a viable Holding Environment for undertaking adaptive change

During times of change, it is critical that the leaders of the change establish a ‘holding environment’ within the organisation that is able to contain and support the change journey - in other words, the container established to support people undertaking adaptive change is equally (or even more important) that the context informing that change (the why of change) or the content of change (the what of change).

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How do you decide what work you will say ‘yes’ to?

How do you decide what work you will say ‘yes’ to?

I know that this may sound esoteric and somewhat ‘flaky’ to some, but I am learning that to truly release the magic of the moment – and there is magic in every moment – I need remain fully awake to what wants to emerge, rather than having a pre-ordained agenda for what I want to occur.

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Know your life story, but don’t let it own you

Know your life story, but don’t let it own you

I have a dear friend who I think is amazing. When I was learning what it means to be a purpose-focused entrepreneur, it was my friend that inspired me.  They had started and grown successful ventures, pushed the boundaries of what others considered possible, supported others to experience life’s richness. They are the poster-child for aligning  personal passions with what one does in the world. They positively impacted the lives of many.

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A problem with leadership as we know it

A problem with leadership as we know it

Leadership as we current understand it is fundamentally flawed. Why? Because leadership as it is most often demonstrated by people brings with it a mindset of ‘hero’ – a leader is the person out in front creating the new pathway. Leadership as we know it breeds dependence. Leadership as we know it disempowers true leaders.

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The importance of FOCUS in changing times

The importance of FOCUS in changing times

In the coming months and years each of us will be called to look deep within for the inner strength and personal resolve to remain resilient, agile and adaptive during an extended period of flux. Make no mistake, you will be invited to work and live more from your True Nature and your core purpose going forward.

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The wonder of World Cafe

The wonder of World Cafe

Over the weekend I had the privilege of attending one of the most engaging, inspiring and thought provoking events I have been involved in for some time. 

I also had the opportunity to do what I feel is truly my work for the world – break open new and deeper ways of thinking, feeling and connecting.

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Underlying concepts of Purposeful Leadership

Underlying concepts of Purposeful Leadership

I was recently at the Spirituality. Leadership and Management Conference where I facilitated a short workshop called ‘The Three Stories of your life and leadership”. The workshop based on an approach to life and leadership I am calling Purposeful Leadership - an approach to leadership that calls upon leaders to ‘lead from the inside out’ in traversing the complexity of social systems in service of the profound and transformative change needed for humanity.

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How are you being a leader?

How are you being a leader?

I have been thinking a great deal recently about the question, “What is a leader?” More specifically, what is the definition of being a ‘leader’ that I feel is most relevant for these times. Perhaps there is something in this last sentence – being a leader. What is the being of a leader? And what is the key quality or qualities that distinguishes a leader from a ‘non-leader’?

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Some guiding thoughts for my life and work

Some guiding thoughts for my life and work

I recently had dinner with a group of friends with whom I have a deep love, respect and admiration. Individually, they are each mentors, spiritual guides and advisors to my own journey. In coming together for the first time a a group over dinner a short time ago, we became a collective ‘wise council’ for each other.

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