Law of Attraction: Enable Inspired Actions Through Teams
Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 09:41
This is the third article in a five part series on the Five Competencies for Transformational Leaders. Literature on leadership is filled with information on what it takes to lead others. You will find a mixture of behaviors, competencies, beliefs, approaches and stories about leaders. At the Gaian Group, we keep it simple. Yes, we talk about behaviors, we talk about competencies, and we talk about beliefs. For us, keeping it simple means that we keep it within a framework that we know to have the greatest impact. This allows you to truly focus your energy.
Some years ago, I set a goal for myself to get a Ph.D. Now, that by itself is a pretty big goal, but I added on to it a few wrinkles. I was working full- time, and I was not in a place where I wanted to leave that position. Also, the only program that I found that fit my criteria was a mere 183 mile drive -one way. Not one to let things like this discourage me, I set about brainstorming how I could make that kind of commute up to 3 times a week and meet my other responsibilities on a daily basis. So, I had this idea. I could fly. Not commercially, but myself, in a private plane.
How many of us have wished we could predict the future? When I was a child, I was really fascinated with the aspect of traveling into the future and being able to know what the world would be like many years from now. Actually, I'm still fascinated by that. There is one thing that I now know to be true. We can all predict our futures. In fact, most of us do it on a daily basis, some of us more than others.
There is no real trick to this, just awareness, that whatever we think about all day, we get.
We enter March and the last few weeks of winter. Spring is beginning to make its appearance in Santa Barbara. I am continuously grateful for the beauty of this place that I am blessed to call home. Last week, I stepped off a curb and nearly fell, as I had misjudged the height of the curb. That immediately seemed rather odd. As I became more curious, I realized that I was losing the vision in my right eye.
The next day, it was worse. A few phone calls later I found myself preparing for an emergency surgery to repair a detached retina.
Transformational Leadership: Planting Seeds of Innovation
Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 09:38
The seasons change as we move into spring. For me, the transition into spring means a change in the focus of goals and intentions. It is a time of renewal, new ideas, and new directions. May this season be full of creative energy for you. In the spirit of the season, this offering focuses on some things a leader can do to promote creativity and innovation in themselves and others.
One item that I propose you consider in this requires a story about myself and a thought leader who had a great impact on me.
Change your Beliefs? Are leaders born or developed? This has been a common question you will find in much of the research around leaders. You will find that the answer is "Yes", as it is quite certain that some people are born with certain natural tendencies towards leadership, and we also know that our process of natural and social development strongly impacts our abilities to lead.
Transformational Leadership: The Power of Saying "No"
Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 09:37
Summer has finally arrived in Santa Barbara, and productivity here is reaching higher levels. I count my blessings every day to be able to live and work in this beautiful part of the world. Our client base continues to grow, and at the same time, we learn more about how to engage efficiently and effectively. My current book project on Inspirational Presence is moving along, and I am finding some spectacular leaders to participate in the research portion. Look for more information to follow on this. Also, if you are interested in participating, look for more information below.
Transformational Leadership: The Power of Saying "And"
Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 09:36
I just attended the 'Consciousness in Action' conference for the Institute of Noetic Sciences last week, and have reconnected with many of the truths that initially put me into this business and have kept me there over the years. One of the things that really struck me was a description made by one of the presenters about many current practices of spirituality. He called them collectively "decorated narcissism."
Transformational Leadership: The Power of Intention
Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 09:35
Last week I had a speaking engagement titled "Living with Intention". This is a powerful issue for all of us, yet it tends to be talked about only in select venues. Like many other issues related to leadership, it can be viewed from the highest perspective in more abstract ways, or from the most immediate moment-to- moment perspective of how we live our lives. Today's article is the second, about how we use intention in our daily encounters.
I write today just having finished outlining a chapter on Global Leadership. My personal mission in developing leaders is to support a group of people who truly understand what it means to think globally. Our world truly needs people who think from the broad systems perspective, and are ready to take on the challenges of problems that extend beyond national borders, that are outside of our native language, and are for the good of all humanity. They need to be inclusive and understand the true power of creation that comes from shared intention.