Tag Archives: leadership

Embodied Leadership: the capacity to lead in the midst of complexity

In our current culture our head is the important bit. The body is what brings it around from meeting to meeting, and if our body’s lucky, we’ll take it to the gym occasionally and look after it. That’s common sense … Continue reading

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More than a mountain to climb

In April I will be climbing Mount Kenya. It is almost 5,000m high (as high as Base Camp Everest), and will take me 5 days to summit the mountain and get back down. I’ll walk in temperatures ranging from 30c … Continue reading

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Are we facing a ticking time bomb of myopic management?

In 2013, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Management (APPGM) in the UK created a Commission on the Future of Management and Leadership to investigate how both would need to adapt and change in order to deliver sustainable economic growth for … Continue reading

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Sharing the credit

How 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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How to generate collective power through the sheer act of listening

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 fourth in … Continue reading

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Say “I’ve had enough!” How craving and fear stand in the way of eco-awareness.

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 third in … Continue reading

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Don’t just do something, sit there! How multi-tasking is a form of ‘absenting’

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 second in … Continue reading

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“It’s all about me, really.” How changing a whole system starts with oneself.

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 first in … Continue reading

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5 simple steps to practicing mindfulness

I am often asked “how can mindfulness help to bring more creativity into the workplace?” One practice I developed, inspired by the work of Otto Scharmer and Francisco Varela, is called “Attention Training with Focus.” It works well for those … Continue reading

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Leading like Madiba: Leadership lessons from Nelson Mandela

As I recovered from the numbness that came with learning about the passing-on of Nelson Mandela, I thought of sharing an article (below) I wrote, some time ago on this extraordinary person’s leadership.

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Book Review, “Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies”

I have just finished reading the new book Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies by Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kuafer and the authors have blown me away by how they have presented – with utter simplicity and … Continue reading

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Facing your fear

According to Merriam Webster, fear is A : an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. B (1) : an instance of this emotion (2) : a state marked by this emotion.  While undeniably accurate, it doesn’t necessarily … Continue reading

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Freedom’s Mirror

Can you see freedom? What shape is it? What colour? Is it like the mirror’s surface never seen but known only by what is reflected there? The full glory of each of us illuminated by the reflected light. Its reflections … Continue reading

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Unleashing Human Potential

At Future Considerations, we fundamentally believe in the power of human potential to unlock creativity and innovation in the field of sustainability. The ability to unlock the power of a meaningful workplace, by helping leaders’ and their employees’ find alignment … Continue reading

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Interpreting the Quadruple Bottom Line

Have you noticed that recently more and more people seem to be talking about the Quadruple Bottom Line (QBL)? Is it really something new? Does it really exist or is it ‘another clever buzz-word from sustainability consultants’? Perhaps a good … Continue reading

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Catalysing an evolutionary shift

To create the conditions in which people change systems that are causing environmental damage and/or social inequity (or indeed, generate greater environmental and societal health) individuals need to know how to engage with the broadest and most complex set of … Continue reading

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Freedom-centred: the future of leadership

In many of our organisations, the majority of people feel they are working under some sense of oppression – or at the very least noticing that “all they are” is somehow not able to flourish in their world of work. … Continue reading

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Leading through birth and death: the future of leadership

Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It is the flow of energy that breathes life into our passions, our dreams and our vision for the future. How many leaders today have mastered the ability to see, feel and be … Continue reading

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Seek first to remember what has been forgotten (or ignored): the future of leadership

When confronted with taking the next step forward, why is it that the last place that we look for guidance are the footprints that we (and others) have left behind? Why do we not learn from the past? In today’s … Continue reading

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None of us is as smart as all of us: the future of leadership

Traditionally, intelligence is thought of residing in one, unique source – our mind. It is a space that has been developed over years, filled with personal experience, levels of formal education, and insights from being and working with others. Imagine … Continue reading

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Cross generational wisdom: the future of leadership

In organisations around the globe the mantra “age is no barrier” continues to hold true.  Perhaps one of the keys to unlocking the leadership of the future lies with those just now entering the workforce.  They will have to navigate … Continue reading

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An introduction: the future of leadership

The New Year is when we look to the future – not just to the year ahead, but often to several years ahead. We reconsider our plans for our lives, our relationships, our goals, our work. So we at Future … Continue reading

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Hope and Hopelessness: centre your life in the practice of Active Hope

Faced with strong, overwhelming feelings of hopelessness I’ve been asking myself how do we sustain ourselves in dark times? Last week, I responded to a tender for work with a failing organisation: I felt I could offer nothing. Later that … Continue reading

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Creating a thinking environment, for the sake of our natural environment

In August 2012, I returned from running a side event at the Rio+20 with Mark Young , and am still trying to come to terms with the experience. You may have seen some of the reports from the Rio + … Continue reading

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Talent management for the common good

In the public interest early organizations were often created to benefit the city or country concerned. The structure and management of modern organisations originated from city guilds or from military practices. In the past century, with the pervasiveness of the … Continue reading

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Making Sense of Complexity: the Personal and the Systemic

Many of us yearn for simple principles to guide our work and life in a complex world. At the heart of this conundrum is an understanding of the relationship between the personal and the systemic. If some of us have … Continue reading

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Innovating culture

One theory of culture is that the organisation’s core business, or dominant technology, often gives rise to a pervasive culture. We experienced this in some recent client work: we were designing and facilitating a Top-100 event for a global company, … Continue reading

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The first step to leading innovation

Let’s just take a moment to reconsider the meaning of innovation. Suppose we took innovation in business to mean profound, system-wide change to the way things are done. We might be reinventing air travel, or building a totally new way … Continue reading

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