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5 Leadership Insights to Take a Quest from an Idea to a Revolution

Posted by CTI Guest Author on Sep 28, 2016 8:00:16 AM

In 2008, during Retreat 4 when it came time to think of my ‘quest’ – the Leadership project I would take out into the world on completion of the one-year program – I drew a complete blank. Then it came to me in a vivid dream — I would create a palette of tools that would assist Global Graduates of the CTI Leadership program to keep their newly minted empowered leadership alive! Like Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, I awoke full of “the force,” giving me an immense amount of energy and inspiration to create WE LEAD. I knew for sure I could not do this alone.

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Topics: coactive, CTI, leadership, leading from the front

What is Co-Active Leadership?

Posted by Karen Kimsey-House on Sep 14, 2016 8:00:38 AM

Leadership. The word conjures up images of stalwart faced people (mostly MEN in my imagination, I notice) bravely leading a company, a country, a movement. Clear direction and purpose, inspirational speeches by people who have the position and power to really make something happen.

In writing this post, I wanted to get an understanding of how we collectively define leadership, so I consulted my online dictionary and found this:

Lead·er·ship [lee-der-ship]


1. the position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group: He managed to maintain his leadership of the party despite heavy opposition. Synonyms: administration, management, directorship, control, governorship, stewardship, hegemony.

2. ability to lead: As early as sixth grade she displayed remarkable leadership potential. Synonyms:authoritativeness, influence, command, effectiveness; sway, clout.

3. an act or instance of leading; guidance; direction: They prospered under his strong leadership.

4. the leaders of a group: The union leadership agreed to arbitrate.

Okay, maybe not so helpful. However, the synonyms are fairly telling: management, control, authoritativeness, command, clout. Really. CLOUT?????

No wonder we are in a bit of a pickle with leadership in our world today. It’s clear that our top down, command and control structures aren’t working. While hierarchy is a dandy structure for getting things done, it’s a breathtakingly ineffective at empowering people and calling forth their very best.

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So, what if “leadership” was a verb rather than a noun? What if leadership was not defined by position or title but instead was measured by people’s willingness to respond and create solutions that were truly in the best interest of everyone? What if robust, engaged followership were actually considered a FORM of leadership?

What if we stepped, once and for all into the collective understanding that every single person who drew a breath had a role to play and was an integral part of resolving the challenges that face us? Yes, we all have DIFFERENT skills and abilities and it may be time to get over the notice that those who have MORE (however MORE gets measured) are the only ones who can lead.

In order to generate this shift, we must begin thinking about leadership as relational rather than structural and a collaboration rather than a domination. In other words, we must begin thinking about leadership as Co-Active.

So what is Co-Active Leadership and what is the opportunity that it offers? As a reminder, here’s our definition of Co-Active:

Co-Active represents the paradoxical balance between two primary energies of life:

Co:  Relationship, holding, space, BEING?
Hyphen:  Non-duality, PARADOX?
Active:  Action, certainty, clarity, DOING

Applied to leadership, Co-Active invites an approach that is interactive and dynamic rather than static or dogmatic and focuses on responding in the moment CREATIVELY based on what is most needed, most useful for all right now in this moment.

Co-Active Leadership also understands that this capacity to respond, to create rather than react is nascent in all people. While the EXPRESSION of this capacity may differ depending on role the CAPACITY is within us all.

Lastly, Co-Active Leadership orients from a place of service rather than a place of ego. Instead of emphasizing looking good and getting it right, Co-Active Leadership embraces authenticity and failure.

As I bring this post to a close, I realize that there many other distinctions of Co-Active Leadership yet to be expressed. I’d love to hear from you. For those of you who have some experience with Co-Active Leadership, what distinctions feel most important to you? For those of you who are new to Co-Active Leadership, I’d love to hear what you think about what I’ve written and what feels important to you about this topic. Thank you for reading and for being in this conversation with me. It matters. . .as do you!

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Topics: coactive, leader, leadership

This is Your Captain Speaking, We Are in the Flow…

Posted by Nina Segura on Sep 8, 2016 11:03:55 AM

We’ve all been there, whether you are a solo-entrepreneur or the senior leader of a multi-national corporation. Leaders just like ship Captains must keep their eye on the ocean currents in order to get into a favorable flow. When a Captain and their Crew are “being” their best, the entire ship can arrive days or weeks earlier while expending less energy.

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Topics: coach, coactive, leadership, leader from the front

On Motivational Quotes and a Surprising Teacher

Posted by Karen Pery on Sep 1, 2016 12:21:11 PM

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of spending several days with an extraordinarily wise teacher named Koan. This sage reminded me of lessons in leadership that I had forgotten. What’s unusual about this particular spiritual guide: he’s a 17-month-old toddler to whom I am known as Auntie Karen.

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Topics: coactive, leadership, playfulness, teacher, leader within

How being quiet and still helps me as a coach

Posted by Hannah Massarella on Feb 3, 2016 8:00:46 AM

by Hannah Massarella

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Topics: coach, Coaching & Training, coactive, leadership, still

Stepping Outside of The Bubble

Posted by Hannah Massarella on Oct 20, 2015 8:00:10 AM

Since starting the coaching journey three years ago I’ve found myself increasingly surrounded by people open to exploring their own journey. I live in an incredibly liberal city in the UK, I base myself in a creative mecca of a building and tend to hang out with coaches and development specialists. My social media is even populated primarily with Huffington Post, Mind Body Green and The Guardian updates. I see openness and hope all around me.

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Topics: Coaching & Training, coactive, leadership, coaching

Evolutions in the Co-Active Accessibility and Wholeness Project: A Conversation on Wholeness

Posted by Barton Cutter on May 18, 2015 8:00:47 AM

Wholeness Week’ (Post 1 of 3) – At the heart of CTI’s Co-Active Accessibility and Wholeness Project is an ongoing discussion examining the concept of wholeness, its origins, as well as its impact on and relationship to meeting the accessibility needs of people with perceived disabilities. Recently, Nick Kettles and Barton Cutter, connected to talk about the first of three guiding principles we’re exploring as the basis of the Co-Active Accessibility and Wholeness Project.

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Topics: accessibility, coactive, whole

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