Part of thought leadership is sharing your thoughts with the world and pointing the conversation to where you think others should be looking. That’s why I try to post regularly to our CTI social media feeds. This month, I was struggling to write a blog post. I was searching for a topic to latch onto and panicking as I approached my deadline. Lo and behold, I was in a meeting with my staff who reminded me about a video that had been shared across the company about Tom Brokaw. While this post is no different than others, it felt important to acknowledge that my voice is the voice of the many who power CTI behind the scenes. Thought leadership comes from all of us, and I am proud to represent our voices.
I’m always looking for great examples of Co-Active Leadership in action.
Oh, how I love paradox. This wonderful insistence that things are not always “this OR that” — instead, they become “this AND that.” This opens us up to the simple truth and complex mystery of life. It demands that we grow our consciousness to be able to move beyond our set understandings and definitions of all that we “know” and look again at all of that for the flip side that is also true.
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I’ve been fascinated recently by the furor over “alternative facts,” an expression that was uttered by a spokesperson for Donald Trump as a way of justifying lies. At first I found it outrageously absurd and almost funny, and then I started thinking about it.
As we approach the winter solstice I grow increasing aware of it being a time of going into the “cave”. It is time for this big bear to sink into the work of “reflecting”. Some traditions refer to this time as the “dreamtime” or the "Kiva moons”. Today I am tripping a bit on reflecting. I think in the darkness of these shorter days the veil between the vastness of the sub conscious and the conscious is thinner. We can dream our way through that veil and we can discover a lot by “reflecting” that subconscious as it shines more brightly through the thinner veil. I wonder if the subconscious is nigh onto impossible to see or comprehend when we attempt to look at it directly, when we try to force our way through the veil and point our being directly towards the subconscious if we don’t get blinded by ego, reactions, patterned behavior, confusion and overwhelm. Instead we notice it in our peripheral vision, we notice its reflection and are able to then be a bit more curious and adventurous as we explore this vast mystery. This is the time of year to look for that reflection and that glimmer in your periphery and be curious with what you do with it as you notice it, interpret it and begin to make sense of it. As it bubbles out of the reflection and into “reality”.
At the time of my writing this, the American Vice President debate will be on tonight and I must say I really don’t want to watch it, and I will. The reason I don’t want to watch it is how distressing it is to watch these debates and these campaigns and these “leaders” as they try to maneuver and manipulate, stumble and fumble, bark and bicker, and generally irritate the people that they want to vote for them. The reason I will watch it is that I need to keep reminding myself how important the work that we do in working with leaders to grow their worlds and to take responsibility for those worlds is in this time.