Friday 28 August 2020

Everything of meaning and value begins with harmony

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Today’s post and podcast draws from writing my Heart-Leadership book. I’m currently workshopping the book for the first time with group of leadership peers from different organisations. I will then complete the writing ready for publication by the end of November 2020.

Harmony is perhaps my all time favourite word. I believe everything of meaning and value begins with harmony.

Harmony, Heart, Head, Hands in this order lead to coherence which in turn leads to happenstance (i.e. coincidence, synchronicity, serendipity).

“Coherence is the state when the heart, mind and emotions are in energetic alignment and cooperation,” HeartMath Institute Research Director Dr. Rollin McCraty says. “It is a state that builds resiliency – personal energy is accumulated, not wasted – leaving more energy to manifest intentions and harmonious outcomes.”

We are in great need of coherence right now when many world leaders are incoherent. 

It all starts with Harmony.

The idea of harmony is perhaps best illustrated in the ancient Chinese philosophy of yin and yang.

I observe many apparent opposing forces in the workplace. I make a difference to my clients through work with them that brings these forces together in harmony.


Relationships and tasks,

Processes and outcomes,

Commitment and competency,

Influence and standards,

People and systems,

Effectiveness and efficiency,

Growth and sustainability,

Bosses and employees,

Masculine and feminine,

Leadership and management,

 to name just a few areas where there can be tension that is not helpful and therefore achievements are far less than what is possible.

The great disharmony is between leadership and management. It’s caused by business owners, bosses, executives and shareholders holding onto the concept of people management, an oxymoron if ever there was one.

Where do you see disharmony?

How could you be better, wiser, more valuable in creating and sustaining harmony?

Resources to help you

As I complete the writing of the Heart-Leadership book I'm recording short videos as well as podcasts for posterity. There's also online courses. You'll find them all at this web page.

Do Your Work.

Be remarkable.


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