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Leading as a Wave, not a particle

Leading as a Wave, not a particle

Feb 06 2022

Let that sink in for a few breaths. This is not just a phenomenon of the exceedingly small, but the nature of reality in which we lead, create families and communities, and make our difference. What it shows us is that process of observing is not passive, but a process of resonance or co-vibration that particularizes something by how it registers with us. In physics this is called “collapsing a wave function” where a range of possibilities condenses into a thing upon our pinpointed observation.

Making the new Year New

Making the new Year New

Jan 06 2022

By flipping around our usual way of sensing, including our sense of self, we confound our filters, invert our thinking and let the new emerge. Descartes’ famous dictum, “I think therefore I am” flips around into the spacious truth that when we don’t have to reify a self, we don’t have to habitually think the same thoughts. We can put up different antenna and new music becomes possible.

Hark! Our Better Angels Sing: The Greatest Gift A Leader Can Give

Hark! Our Better Angels Sing: The Greatest Gift A Leader Can Give

Dec 06 2021

In Lincoln’s first inaugural address, he appealed to the nation’s “better angels,” meaning the better aspects of our character, such as good sense and virtue. Seven score and sixteen years later, in the thick of the Trump presidency, historian Jon Meacham spoke to the battle for our better angels in The Soul of America. He recounts the disparities and triumphs of a nation founded on the declaration that all people are created equal and its unequal efforts to live up to that mighty truth.

How Leaders Can Do the Essential Work of Our Time

How Leaders Can Do the Essential Work of Our Time

Nov 06 2021

More leaders are waking up to the awareness that business cannot continue as usual. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) have moved from being a UN wish list to being investor requirements for many companies. Sustainable practices have shifted from being “greenwashing” to core strategy. From burning out employees, to drying up resources, to driving away the next generation of customers, companies are realizing that they themselves are unsustainable using extractive practices.

What an Interconnected Universe Means for You as a Leader

What an Interconnected Universe Means for You as a Leader

Oct 06 2021

String Theory is on the ropes. At least that’s the summary from a recent review of the state of high energy physics and the lack of experimental support for the current ranking Theory of Everything. The Large Hadron Collider, the first of its kind powerful enough to detect the supersymmetry particles required for String Theory to hang together, has found nothing of the like.

The Most Essential Leadership Skills And How Zen Reframes A Way To Master Them

The Most Essential Leadership Skills And How Zen Reframes A Way To Master Them

Sep 06 2021

The Most Essential Leadership Skills And How Zen Reframes A Way To Master Them by Ginny Whitelaw. Originally published on Forbes.com An in-person leadership team…

If You Build It, Will They Come?

If You Build It, Will They Come?

Aug 06 2021

More leaders are waking up to the awareness that business cannot continue as usual. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) have moved from being a UN wish list to being investor requirements for many companies. Sustainable practices have shifted from being “greenwashing” to core strategy. From burning out employees, to drying up resources, to driving away the next generation of customers, companies are realizing that they themselves are unsustainable using extractive practices.

A Time to Heal

A Time to Heal

Nov 02 2020

I write on the cusp of the biggest presidential election of my lifetime – and I’ve lived a long time. 

Embodied Leadership: A Cure For What Ails Us?

Embodied Leadership: A Cure For What Ails Us?

Oct 24 2020

Embodiment is trending. At a time of deep divisions and discontent, the dissociations of head from heart, of talk from walk, of action from a felt sense of its consequences, are wholly inadequate for dealing with the wicked issues we face. So it’s not surprising that an antidote is resonating in the Zeitgeist, what many herald as an emerging stage of human development in which the clever head re-integrates with the deep wisdom of the body. Embodied leadership is showing the way.