I recently had the opportunity to see Jean-Jacques Joris in action, and spoke to him about his work with mindfulness, psychotherapy, life-coaching, and leadership training… with horses. A native of Geneva, Switzerland, Jean-Jacques Joris spent 15 years in the Swiss foreign service where he was confronted with acute human suffering while also witnessing the power of human resiliency. Wishing to shift his focus from the political to the individual realm, Jean-Jacques now builds bridges among people of different cultural, political and religious backgrounds.
Leaders are comfortable with being uncomfortable; because they know every life event thrown their way can be a tremendous learning experience. Leadership can be an illusion of control, but changing your perspective on every day experiences can provide inspirational learning opportunities for personal growth and development.
Or… are we asking too little from each other? We spend enormous energy dealing with internal communication issues (i.e., team dysfunction) that keep us from realizing our full potential. Our intention is to create an inspired common purpose that binds people together, but our efforts are often seen as over-management with mere compliance rather than true commitment.
In a number of recent forums with CEO’s, three themes have emerged as commitments to improve organizational effectiveness: (more…)
Self Reliant Leadership CrucibleTM: Expedition Designed by Leaders for Leaders
Self Reliant Leadership is a philosophy about embracing adversity, strengthening the leader/teacher role, and hearing the unheard. It’s about knowing which questions to ask, and having the courage to answer them and act to produce extraordinary results.
What is your tolerance for adversity and uncertainty?
How do you guide people to the source of their own power?
How can solitude and introspection focus your energy to produce the greatest impact?
A good friend and business partner of mine asked me to listen to Steve Chandler’s The Owner/Victim Choice. My favorite quote from Steve is, “If there’s a problem, I’m the problem.” It’s a great reminder about how we are free to choose the soundtrack of our lives. It can simply be, Stuff happens; or.. If it’s to be – it’s up to me. (more…)
As a CEO, I wanted everyone who came to me with challenges, opportunities and problems to say this:
- Here are the undisputed facts of said challenge/opportunity/problem.
- Here are at least two possible options to address the challenge/opportunity/problem.
- Here are the pros and cons of each option.
- Lastly, the recommendation along with why, and the implications for people and resources.
Of course that doesn’t happen too often, because we often have misaligned expectations due to poor communication all around. View the video below for what I think the the number one organizational challenge is…
With all the talk about multi-generational engagement, commitment, morale and employee satisfaction, I think it’s important to remember a few simple things leaders can do without asking for more resources. (more…)
We recently returned from a 4-day expedition near Canyonlands, Utah. The trip was designed to transform leaders through adventure and adversity in an intense, dynamic and unpredictable environment that maps to today’s challenging business environment. It was an amazing experience, and after a few weeks, I was reflecting on what we learned in light of a recent article by philosopher Tom Morris. (more…)