The Passage: An Extraordinary Invitation

Written by Larry Fehd, CEO & Founder / HPS

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.

“Passage” is the act or process of moving through, under, over, or past something on the way from one place to another. It is also a journey; synonyms: expedition, excursion, trek, voyage, crossing, flight, odyssey, pilgrimage. These synonyms describe leadership as well and are inspirational to me in the context of the journey or passage.

As Invitational Leadership™ continues to evolve, the following provides some additional perspective. And, ‘WHY’, I am convinced that it is “the future of leadership and passage beyond inertia and status quo.” What makes this an extraordinary invitation is simply that it births potential that is often unseen or otherwise unrealized.

What will distinguish your leadership in the years ahead?  Leaders who seek to win a war for talent by conceiving of capability as a fixed resource to be found out there put themselves and their organization at a serious disadvantage. Conversely, leaders who ask themselves, “How can I make my organization the most fertile ground in the world for the growth of talent” position themselves, and the resultant high-performance culture, for greater productivity and business success.

In today’s world, problem solving tends to be a commodity and seldom moves one forward. Opportunities knock and the savvy capitalize upon them. However, innovation – the impetus of the HPS Innovations Model™ and new Invitational Leadership™ methodology – inspires both the evocation and the application of creativity. The application of creativity is the action that brings forth new value that changes the world.

Innovation, the application of creativity, generates fresh ideas and brings forth new value that changes the world.

In the majority of today’s organizations, employees are performing a second job without pay. They spend time and energy concealing insecurities and weaknesses, focus on their boss’ and others’ impressions, and seek to hide limitations and vulnerabilities. Fear (False Evidence Appearing Real) is often prevalent and hinders performance. This wastes time and other limited resources. It also creates invisible barriers for employees, teams and organizations from performing at and achieving their highest potential.

Given the “second job…”phenomenon, I am now working with clients to develop invitational leaders at all levels of the organization. Invitational Leadership™ is the future of leadership and facilitates a passage beyond inertia and status quo. It creates fertile ground for a culture that incubates talent at all levels. This allows organizations to dramatically improve productivity and business results.

Invitational Leadership™ creates unique advantages and allows leaders to 1) break through inertia and status quo 2) achieve dramatically higher levels of employee, team and organization productivity and 3) inspire, invite and ignite emergent innovation. Invitational Leadership™ correlates directly with and forms the basis of a high-performance culture.

Invitational Leadership™ provides unique advantages over traditional leadership methods and incorporates the latest from neuroscience. 

Invitational Leadership™ bolsters and compliments other leadership, team and organization development initiatives. It is an imperative for comprehensive executive development, potential assessment and succession planning programs. Further, it is vital to build bench strength, retain key talent and ensure future generations of leaders.

“It’s extraordinary how we go through life with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts. Perhaps it’s just as well; and it may be that it is this very dullness that makes to the incalculable majority so supportable and so welcome.” – Joseph Conrad

Tips and Practical Applications:

  • From last week’s post we learned that Amundsen and his team were well-prepared and deliberate in their passage. Scott was set on winning at all costs. Amundsen (the tortoise) arrived well ahead of Scott (the hare) and Scott and his team even perished upon attempting a return. What will distinguish your leadership in the years ahead? Are you well-prepared and deliberate or set on winning at all costs? LEADERSHIP LESSONS IN PASSAGE TO SOUTH POLE
  • Consider that traditional leadership methods may be analogous to Einstein’s definition of insanity: “…doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result.” In this case, seeking, however, not achieving better and more sustainable results.
  • Is it possible that your life has evolved into what Joseph Conrad describes (in quote above) as within the “incalculable majority?” Is this unconscious comfort zone more a risk than safe place for the future?

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Larry Fehd


Larry Fehd is CEO and founded Human Performance Strategies (HPS) in 2000 following a successful career with Johnson & Johnson where he led executive leadership, team and organizational development. He is masterful at helping clients to break through inertia and the status quo.  He conceived the new and proprietary concept of Invitational Leadership™. He envisions the future of leadership as a passage beyond inertia and status quo and works with clients to develop invitational leaders at all levels of the organization.  He consults to a diverse group of U.S. and international clientele, and speaks and writes about, building high-performance leaders, cultures, teams and organizations.

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