Opinions vary widely on the differences between leadership and management. I’ll weigh in with my views in keeping things simple: Management is about instructions; leadership is about invitations. In my experiences and observations over the years, leadership is unique in that it represents both a passage and extraordinary invitation. (more…)
Last December 14th marked the 105th Year Anniversary of the Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen, and his team’s successful expedition to the South Pole. His adversary, Captain Robert Falcon Scott of The Royal British Navy, and his team, raced Amundsen in a quest to see who could reach the South Pole first. Amundsen and his team were well-prepared and deliberate in their passage. Scott was set on winning at all costs. Scott and his team arrived at the South Pole on January 17, 1912, thirty-four days after Amundsen. On the return trip, Scott and his team perished of starvation and extreme cold (photo of Scott and his team).
To envision a “passage” seems timely for this week’s post. Passage is the act or process of moving through or past something on the way from one place to another. Hopefully everyone made a safe passage into the New Year. Let us be reminded that passages occur both as events (moments) as well as over time (process) Reflection: Moment vs Process. (more…)
Invitational Leadership™ is a passage beyond inertia and status quo. By definition, passage is the act or process of moving through, under, over, or past something on the way from one place to another; the act or process of moving forward. Passage requires courage and, for me, the following quote exemplifies the numerous benefits: “Life begins at the edge of our comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsh (more…)
Reflection tends to be associated with a moment (e.g. take a moment to reflect). It occurred to me that making more time to reflect as a process may better serve us. Imagine taking time to reflect at the beginning or end of every day. How might this allow us to affirm our progress on a regular basis or make adjustments to get ourselves back on course toward what matters most in our lives? (more…)
“Time prevents everything from happening at once” – Ray Cummings, 1922. It’s a simple reminder that we can’t nor do we need to do everything at once in life. And, that is wonderful news in the context of life balance. It’s easy to get wrapped up in working toward a goal and then try to convince ourselves that once we achieve it, we’ll be truly happy. The truth is that today is the only moment we have and, as I’ve often said in the past, true wealth is discretionary time. (more…)