Distressingly, by and large, the answers to the question are very uniform. They are variations of the theme that ‘leadership is about achieving a result through people.
The essence of the personal excellence program is to put the participants back in touch with a sense of awe. That proves not to be a particularly challenging task at the foot of Nanda Devi, which happens to be 7816m high!
This video explores our understanding of maturity.
So you have to understand that at the root of our criminality is the conviction that we’re not worthy or that we are owed more, that the world is not worthy.
Paul Mercer recently completed an epic bike ride from Lancashire to Central Asia and back. In Turkmenistan he was about to set off on a leg of his journey when a crowd of school children came to admire him and his bike. Engrossed in putting on his helmet he didn’t notice that the kids did a prayer for his safety.
Balance requires maturity which requires a transition from a selfish worldview to a serving worldview.
Our lives are pinned between two unconditional moments. We arrive getting it all and we leave giving it all. The process of maturation which transmutes our lives involves a movement from the one extreme of unconditional taking to the other extreme of unconditional giving.
When you put attention to what you should be giving, you become strong…
Over the years I have been involved in and have witnessed many interventions, some of which have succeeded and some which have failed. In the case of both successes and failures, what is painfully apparent to me in hindsight is that you cannot account for them on the level of the organisation. You account for them on the level of the individual.
The effect of this is that the organisation starts to behave more like an organism than a machine.