In the Co-Active Leadership program, we dive deep into the realms of Impact and how we can unintentionally mess things up without even realizing we co-created the outcome. Usually we’re not happy about it, or we find ourselves confused. The goal, of course, is to expand our range and our muscles in creating more intentional impact, a skill that’s really important in our personal and professional lives and leadership in this world! At CTI and in the Co-Active models, we call this “responsibility for Impact” and reading “what’s wanted/needed in the space.”
December is well upon us and here we are, face-to-face with what has been a turbulent and, for many, an intensely trying year. It’s possible that, as the year comes to a close, you are among those less than happy with the way the world looks in the wake of 2016.
A few weeks ago, I was on a TV interview and the host had an eyelash stuck to her cheek. Not knowing her very well, I waited to see if one of her staff members would say anything to her directly. As time went on, the interview was about to start, so I leaned over and whispered to her, “Hey, if you had an eyelash on your cheek would you want to know?” She replied, “Of course!”
The holiday season is filled with family gatherings, acts of service and gift giving, and a pause from the pulse of our busy lives. Yet with all of the gatherings and events, we can find ourselves clamoring for space, a breath of fresh air to release natural tensions that arise.
I love Thanksgiving! What’s not to love? A whole day, devoted to being with loved ones, eating great food and giving thanks for the rampant abundance in our lives. ..for our own personal “horn of plenty.”
It’s been one week since Donald Trump was elected the next president of our not so United States, ending one of the most vitriolic and nasty presidential campaigns in recent history.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, results from the U.S. presidential election came in. Simultaneously, a cacophony of noise from both sides, ranging from elation to dismay, filled the space.
We live busy, full and noisy lives. For many of us, every day can be getting through to-do lists, meetings, eating, connecting with loved ones, catching up on the news. While we are moving through the day, we get lost in the sea of our mind and the noise of everything around us. Further, today’s non-stop news (especially with the 2016 election) and constant information streams can create sensory overload. With all the things going on in the world, it is easy to lose touch with the present moment. We can start to forget about all the good things that are happening and start to focus on what is going wrong.
When was the last time you led through laughter? Whether your intent is to shift the tone in an intimate conversation with your partner or reignite an organizational vision in the boardroom, laughter can be a powerful tool for leadership.
Several weekends ago in London I assisted on a three day Balance course, one of the intermediate modules in the Co-Active coaching curriculum. Sitting at the back of the classroom ‘holding space’, one of the key roles as an assistant, was just as powerful and life affirming as when seated in the circle as a student.