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Leading Beyond Lockdown


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Leadership is always a tussle between management and strategy, between fire-fighting the latest crisis and developing the vision, working in the business and working on the business. The current climate has increased the tension in this trade off. Our attention is pulled right to the very brink of our organisation’s survival and there is no more normal day-to-day. We are in possibly the most acute existential crisis our species has ever collectively faced, and constantly battling with a fog of fear – Are my loved ones safe? Can I make ends meet? Will I survive the crash? Is that tickle in my throat the start of something more serious?

And yet, as we are pulled right into the heart of crisis management, there is also the opportunity to explore the other pole. When the status quo breaks down, it is easier to think outside the box. We can use this unprecedented time to re-envision our business, test out new strategies and make use of the freedom to let go of old ways of doing things. In fact, now we can truly let loose our imagination on the whole future of work! I see articles daily on how this pandemic will be the opportunity to create a new future, and an equal number of articles saying don’t bet on it, it will be just like before. So who decides? If this is a pivotal moment, what is that calling up in you? What is the future you want to create?

This post poses the question: With business as usual on pause, can we expand our sense of leadership to include awareness of the intricately interconnected systems we live in?

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Next OpenDialogue – 13 Feb


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For OpenDialogue #3, we open up the theme of the Masculine and Feminine, which has appeared with surprising force in multiple client systems and in creative conversation with collaborators. As a duo, we have been experimenting and dancing with this distinct and dynamic polarity.

You are invited to enrich this dialogue with your own discoveries and experiences of the theme: at a Universal level of archetypal creativity; at a System level of masculine workplace/social culture and re-emerging feminine leadership values; and at a Self level increasing our awareness of male/female interactions. The dialogue question is…

How can we engage with the primordial creative forces of the Masculine and Feminine – in ourselves, in our partnerships and in client systems – so that we can work with Life’s full power?

Please join us in a generative conversation on this theme on Wednesday 13 February, 12pm-1pm (GMT). Register interest and we’ll send the video call link.

About OpenDialogues  In moving towards more conscious ways of working, we enter a meaningful and mysterious realm of exploration. We’re confronted with life-changing ideas about our intelligent universe – as redefined by scientific developments – and also about our place as human beings with a specific evolutionary purpose. In this series of lunchtime video calls, we are going to go into the heart of some key questions about human potential and our role in facing the tumultuous changes and evolutionary challenges posed in business and society.

 

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Next OpenDialogue – 28 Nov


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For the next OpenDialogue, we find ourself confronting the nature of reality and our ability to act and shape it. Moving beyond an old definition of separate subjective and objective realms, we touch the ‘intersubjective’ dimension of reality. This place of collective experience is where we build stories and make shared meaning. It’s where we may engage with and influence the unfoldment of evolutionary changes happening in ourselves and in work. Perhaps we’ll touch on some live themes in client work – Shifts in Perception, Different Ways of Knowing, Self-Authorisation and Restoring Trust amongst others – as we shed light on the central question for the dialogue…

If Reality is a construct, what can I trust?

Please join us in a generative conversation on this theme on Wednesday 28 November, 12pm-1pm (GMT). Register interest and we’ll send the video call link.

About OpenDialogues  In moving towards more conscious ways of working, we enter a meaningful and mysterious realm of exploration. We’re confronted with life-changing ideas about our intelligent universe – as redefined by scientific developments – and also about our place as human beings with a specific evolutionary purpose. In this series of lunchtime video calls, we are going to go into the heart of some key questions about human potential and our role in facing the tumultuous changes and evolutionary challenges posed in business and society.