The Trap of “How?”

When you are centered and aligned in your “being,” the next step in the "doing" becomes clear. She said, “I love the idea of what you are talking about, but how do you actually do it in today’s world?” He said, “We are way off on our numbers for this quarter. Things have to change,…

Embracing Limitations

You never want a serious crisis to go to waste… it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before. - Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago Learning to be creative within the confines of our limitations is the best hope we have to transform ourselves, and collectively, transform our world. - Phil…

Leadership From the “Field”

This week Otto Scharmer, author of Theory U, and I are the speakers for a one-day leadership event in The Netherlands. We’ll both be talking about “leading from the field” as an emerging leadership paradigm. In the last few weeks as I’ve been preparing for this event, one of my colleagues mentioned that he had…

Authentic Power in Transformational Leadership

Authentic power is not something you can wield over others. Authentic power is the force of a greater potential moving through you in service of something bigger than you.  One of the concepts that my colleague David Robinson and I often talk about in Transformational Presence Leadership is the idea of moving from “power over”…

When you don’t know what you don’t know

I recently watched a Chautauqua lecture by Dev Patnaik, CEO of Jump Associates and author of Wired to Care. His topic was hybrid thinking. One of the things in his talk that really spoke to me for transformational leadership and coaching was his distinction between complex problems and ambiguous problems. Patnaik defined a complex problem as one…

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