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Living a vision


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Unload was founded by a visionary ex-serviceman with a passion for working with those affected by armed conflict, both those in uniform and their families.

Mike Payne began exploring the early elements of the vision through a creative, systemic lens – art, humour, nature, honouring the fallen – and through practices drawn from nature-based wisdom. We had the privilege of standing alongside Mike when he invited us to do a development piece and explore his leadership along with some of Unload’s early supporters.

The project has blossomed from its early seeds into a young CIC enterprise. Servicemen from military and police forces are finding a space to experience some peace and ‘me’ time. Here is Mark’s story of going on Unload’s residential weekends.

Unload is a wonderful example of a project whose leadership, internal development and external offerings embody wholeness, loving intention and courage to move beyond individual and collective trauma.

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A noble purpose


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Aligning a system around a vibrant and noble purpose is core to its success.

This quote is taken from a post entitled ‘Cultures of Purpose: Developing Systemic Leadership’, co-authored by close colleagues Edward Rowland and Sarah Rozenthuler. They invite readers to consider newly emerging evidence about the power of purpose in organisations and suggest that leaders who can catalyse a ‘flow’ of leadership and purposeful action across a whole system are more likely to contribute to sustainable results. Read more about their perspective on core capacities of systemic leadership.

 

Think Differently

“Successful companies change the ecosystem within which they are operating”


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At the ‘The Purpose of Business’ conference hosted by the Quakers and Business group in London, November 2015, Prof. Colin Meyer (Said Business School) shared this reflection about successful companies.

The professor’s talk traced the evolution of business from early merchant trade through to the emergence of 21st century virtual giants like Google. He highlighted key changes, like the shift from tangible to intangible assets, and explored current examples of where directors are accountable for the delivery of societal benefits.

Whilst celebrating the tremendous creativity and capital value of pioneering new digital enterprises, he indicated the necessity for rebuilding trust and combining economic efficiency with ethics. He invited a consciously moral stance and pointed at the potential for a new age of Mindful Corporations to emerge.

In this context, we invite you to consider a question…

How can businesses operate with reference to both their own inner compass and to the wider ecosystems they touch?