PHILOSOPHY

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“Leadership is the alignment of strengths in ways that make the system’s weaknesses irrelevant.” – Peter Drucker

What makes a great leader?

Great leaders leverage strengths and bring consciousness to all they do.

Great leaders are dialed-in to their own strengths, paying attention to what energizes and drains them. They appreciate and leverage the strengths of those around them and continually evolve the work environment so that each person can operate from their zone of genius.

Great leaders are also conscious and self-aware - connected with their intentions and values. They notice the impact of their actions on others, and when intention and impact don’t line up, they seize the opportunity to change, learn and grow.

We live in extraordinary times that present an opportunity - and a call - for each of us to step into our power, to claim our unique strengths, and use these gifts in conscious ways to contribute to the greater good. Are you ready? 
 

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"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." – Helen Keller

We come together in teams to do what we cannot do alone. In theory, it sounds great... collaboration, partnership, tapping into the strengths of each person on a team. Sign me up!

But working on a team can be really hard: misunderstandings arise and can quickly spiral out of control if they’re not addressed.

The good news: we can use the friction that shows up in our relationships as fuel for our individual and collective learning and growth. Each new issue that comes up is an opportunity to look deeper, to discover and speak the truth, to debug old patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior, and forge new ways of working together so we can, together, realize our boldest visions for the greater good.
 

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"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." – Michael Jordan

I sat on a boulder by a creek in Big Sur, savoring the beauty of the land. I was mesmerized by the flow of the water over and around the rocks, and the sound this movement created.

In a flash of insight and clarity, I saw that the rocks - the “obstacles” - create resistance to the flow of water, and that the way water navigates these obstacles is a source of beauty. 

Some water goes around the rocks, some water goes over. I presume some water even soaks into the earth and proceeds to its destination under the obstacles in its path. 

How water navigates obstacles is a source of beauty. 

What if we looked at the obstacles in our lives and work in the same way?
 

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“Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?” – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Liminal states are those “in-between” places of our lives where the old way no longer works, and the new way is not yet clear. Magic happens here, but only if we have the patience to wait, and be with the not knowing.

I’ve been cultivating a new relationship with my experience of not knowing by bringing curiosity to, and love for, the questions that are arising. It’s been life-changing. I’m experiencing deeper trust in what is unfolding along with clarity (which appears over time) about the path ahead. 

Are there places in your life where the old way is no longer working and the new way is not yet clear? How might you cultivate your capacity to wait and let your “mud” settle? What might you see when the water of your mind is clear?