By Nick Ross.
Existing and emergent global challenges are placing ever greater demands on leadership today. In order to meet those challenges more effectively, there is a growing need for leaders to overcome the limitations of existing ways of thinking and operating. As the external world becomes more complex and uncertain, leaders must become more conscious of the nature of their own interior world, including the varieties of inner states, experiences and resources available to them to meet difficult and often ambiguous demands in more balanced and integrated ways. Tremendous contextual changes in fields including business, socio-economics, and politics raise fundamental questions about the actual purpose and practice of leadership today. There is an evolutionary impulse emerging today that invites a reappraisal of existing executive leadership models as well as an honest, creative dialogue between traditional and non-traditional disciplines. Evidence presented in the first paper seeks to develop this idea and suggests that different practices are available from a rich diversity of fields that could enhance leadership development.
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by Rhea Miller
As one of my history teachers once stated, the more unstable a culture or institution, the more conservative it becomes. In an age where people are holding on for dear life, where people are filled with the fear of impending destruction of all that is familiar and dear to them, it is no surprise to find so much resistance, so many clenched fists. People clench ever more tightly to old familiar ways and fight what they do not understand. Continue reading
Emerging in the In Claritas work in January 2012:
The theme of transformation explores the outcome; what we see as the result of future governance. Yet there is no understanding of the outcome, without the insight in the process itself. Transformation is also:
- Perpetual renewal. Transformation is a replacement of one element by another: “The death of fire is the birth of air, and the death of air is the birth of water” – the philosophy of Heraclitus, as formulated in his “upward-downward path”.
- Trust. Transformation demands and creates trust in the creative process.
- Deconstruction and reformulation.
- Deep harmony. Invisible connection that brings movement with direction.
- Transition is what happens when we engage with passion and desire in true connection, intimacy.
by Murray Stein, Ph.D.
The Midlife Period In most advanced countries worldwide today the average life expectancy for males extends to their mid- to late seventies and for women to their early to mid-eighties. Of course, this varies from place to place and depends very much on socio-economic factors that fluctuate broadly with world historical events such as revolutions, wars, economic depressions, and so forth. But on the whole and in average circumstances, the midway point of life for both sexes falls in the period between thirty-five and forty-five years of age. Why is this noteworthy, especially for psychotherapists?
Often midlife is a profoundly transformational period in personal identity for both women and men. Sometimes this takes the form of the famous “crisis,” but often it is not something quite so dramatic. I have come to think of it instead as a potential second birth of adult identity, the first having taken place between late adolescence and the thirtieth year. And birth is sometimes traumatic, and so one speaks of it as a “crisis” with justification. But even if not a fullblown crisis, it may signal a subtle transition in a person’s sense of self and identity.