Redefining Leadership

In order to lead today, leaders at all levels need tools to engage people on topics they are passionate about. And to do so, they must develop the ability to listen in new ways and engage with tension and alternative views. Tools like World Café and Art of Hosting help to highlight views which conflict with our own ideas, which is a necessary ingredient for transformative change to take place.

Watch Lara Toensmann speaking at TEDxReset 2014 about her experience in connecting and collaboration to effect change.
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The gift of Mindfulness

I was overwhelmed by the simplicity and at the same time the emotional impact of this approach: rather than delving into my habitual “enthusiastic workshop attendee and competent coach persona” I felt stripped of any such social and narrative constructs.

By guest writer:  Clara Seeger, NeuroLeadership and Emotional Intelligence Coach
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The failure of the England football team is systemic

Whether you like football or not, it’s hard to witness the nation’s deflated spirit here in London after England went out of the World Cup in the first round.  And the papers on Monday were speculating whether this means the end of the road for England manager Roy Hodgson.  It reminds us of a similar call for the head of Fabio Capello after the nation’s poor performance in the 2010 World Cup.
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Sharing the credit

Nelson MandelaHow can we keep goodwill flowing in our direction all the time? How do we ensure that people around us are always willing to cooperate with us?

It is 50 years to the day, that Nelson Mandela was convicted in the Rivonia Trial and sentenced to life imprisonment. Reflecting on how, 27 years later, he emerged as a revered leader, Martin shares his view on how Mandela unlocked the powers of goodwill.
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Mandatory mindfulness training for Leaders

Within a two week period, in two unconnected conversations, two people told me that practising mindfulness had probably saved their lives. Now, you may think this sounds like an exaggeration. If I hadn’t known both of these people pretty well, I would have agreed.
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Mindful of the cynics

I recently read a great article by Madeleine Bunting of The Guardian who argued that soon we would all come to see mindfulness as a necessity to life. On first reading I thought this was a masterful piece, covering the history, practice and application of mindfulness in every aspect of our lives. Then I read through the comments from readers; there were some supportive responses and a fair few negative and cynical ones. Making an effort to suspend my knee-jerk reactions to be a) dismissive of and irritated by the anti-mindfulness lobby, and b) to start questioning whether mindfulness is really of value in the modern world and will be a passing fad, I pondered on some of the objections.
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Can mindfulness help an organisation in crisis?

How did mindfulness help Hewlett Packard turn a crisis situation into a belief system, not only for the functional teams, but their families and surrounding communities? Dr Joel Levey, U.S. pioneer in mind-fitness for organisations, explains…
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Putting the challenge into context

A colleague of mine was chatting about the Longitude Prize that was launched on the BBC last week.  The competition is to commemorate 300 years since the first challenge was set (and consequently won by gruff Yorkshire clockmaker John Harrison with his stable marine chronometers) and the prize of £10 million will be awarded to the person/s who can find a solution to one of six of the world’s greatest challenges.And this got me thinking about some of the challenges our clients face.
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Let’s talk about love and happiness: global metrics are transforming the world.

After attending the Global Presencing Forum (GPF) in 2014, Celine shares a number of lessons that we as Future Considerations practice in order to have greater impact in what we do at work and beyond work. Here is the last one in our series of six.
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Work less! The positive impact of reducing work hours

MindfulnessAfter attending the Global Presencing Forum (GPF) in 2014, Celine shares a number of lessons that we as Future Considerations practice in order to have greater impact in what we do at work and beyond work. Here is the fifth in our series of six.

 

 

I was fascinated to hear Juliet Schor, Professor of sociology at Boston College, share her research about how we can have a positive impact on the environment by working less. It’s simple really; productivity gains (derived from the information revolution increasing the productivity per person per hour) are channelled into reducing working hours.
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