Friday, 30 April 2021

FFS (Feelings, Facts, Solutions) are a key to wise choices

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Each Friday's podcasts are always under 10 minutes.

This is episode 106.

During the various stages of the coronavirus pandemic where masks have been mandatory, my wife and I adopted a famous hashtag we say out loud when we leave the car forgetting our masks, FFS. We say the letters not the words of the hashtag!

I’ve since been inspired to create a technique for quick decisions and fast problem solving. In essence making wise choices that ensure meaning and mattering in the moment.

I have a long time habit of follow a change process and to choose wisely in each moment. FFS is just a fast version.

The immortal words of Viktor Frankl have been guiding me for a very long time. Famously he said:

 “Between stimulus and response there is a space. 


In that space is our power to choose our response.

In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

My change process is normally to appreciate what it, imagine what can be, and then create small yet significant steps (quantum leaps) to move to what’s next.

There's a podcast and post about this change process and connected matters here.

This is still a good process to live by and to gain and sustain momentum. 

FFS though is perfect for quick decisions, fast problem solving, and wise choices. Here's the 3 steps again:

Try these three steps for a week. I'm certain that like me life will be simpler, happier and better.

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Ian

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Wise Leaders Are Storytellers

This video and blog post is the third in a series about the roles Wise Leaders play.

Here's the video and post on coaching and mentoring.

Here's the video and post on truth-telling.


I was born into a family of story-tellers. My mum used to tell people that I could speak under water with a mouth full of marbles. I soon learned when I began speaking professionally in 1990 that longevity had much to do with being a great storyteller.

After more than 3000 presentations, including over 500 online I retired from speaking professionally recently. 

The joy of speaking and the privilege of engaging with people remains. I have just decided on a different approach. To engage me to speak at your meeting or special event all you have to do is buy each participant a Heart-leadership book. Download the details here.

To get better at storytelling I highly recommend The Story Skills Workshop with my friend and colleague Bernadette Jiwa. I'm doing the program myself in June. Learn more about the workshop here.

Joining a Toastmasters or Rostrum Club is also a worthwhile pursuit to advance your storytelling skills. Personally I was a member of Rostrum before I joined the professional ranks. The Global Speakers Federation is the place to join for professionals. I'm a Past National President of Professional Speakers Australia which is one of sixteen independent members in the federation.

There are a number of books about speaking that I recommend. Two essentials are The Presentation Coach by Graham Davies and Think by Matt Church and Peter Cook. Both books are about messaging, without which stories fail to make their greatest impact.  Learn more about them here.

I also highly recommend Michael Dodd's Great Answers To Tough Questions.

Become the wise leader you want to be.
Ian

 

Monday, 26 April 2021

There's no fee for my new presentation when you schedule before May 31st 2021

When you schedule my new 90 minute online presentation Valued, Values, Value before May 31st 2021 I'm waiving my fee. All you have to do is buy each participant a copy of my Heart-Leadership book. 



The presentation is overviewed in the 2 minutes and 37 seconds video below.


Bonus One


This offer includes one months Book Club membership of Wise Leaders Community for every participant.

Special Bonus


Schedule your presentation in Victoria, Australia and the books are just $20 each providing you hire a venue. I will order and deliver the books. This is one way we can together help the events and hospitality industry.

Become the wise leaders you want to be.
Ian

Friday, 23 April 2021

What makes your heart sing?

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This is episode 105.

My simple rule in making every day decisions is answering this question Will this make my heart sing?

What makes your heart sing?

I’m fascinated by and in awe of people. Each of us is a one-of-a kind human being. Therefore every time I meet someone or speak with some I remind myself this is a never to be repeated conversation with a one-of-a kind human being.

Conversations make my heart sing. I continue despite decades of experience to hone my skills in having candid, convivial, compassionate, conscious and compelling conversations.

From such conversations come defining moments for people and myself. My heart sings every time someone has such a moment, or when the penny drops for myself.

My heart sings through reading books and researching and writing my own books. I’m called to dig deeper, to find out, to learn, and to discover wisdom that can benefit humanity.

What makes your heart sing?

My heart sings when through respectful dialogue and debate people reach a shared-view about the way forward together.

My heart sings when I’m able to create and co-create processes that help people to see, unearth, magnify and essence their essence and the essence of other people.

My heart sings when I’m able to create and co-create processes that make it simple for people to bring their essence to their work.

My heart sings when I am able to help people to make more meaning in your life and to keep meaningful progress visible.

What makes your heart sing?

Action

In my Heart-Leadership book there's a section on The Game-changer that is checklists. One such checklist is what I call 'The Career and Life-Calling Card'. Below is the section about this from my book. Complete your own card and it will help you to be and do more of what makes your heart sing. Sing out if you would like some help.

Discovering our life’s work is one of the most fulfilling quests we can achieve. I recommend creating a checklist like The Career and Life-Calling Card below and reviewing it at least twice a year to see where you’re at and where you could move to.

According to Gallup and many other leading researchers into employee engagement, most of the world’s employees are not fully engaged in their work.

There are many reasons for this disaster.

Often overlooked is the fact that millions of people aren't able or allowed to do what they love in the service of people who love what they do. Hence they're disengaged. A Career and Life-Calling Card helps.

I’m am very grateful to the works of Joseph Campbell, Ken Robinson, Steven Farber, Daniel Pink, and Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles for their work in the area of vocation/work/mission/purpose.

You’ll find their books listed in the Acknowledgements Section.

The concept of “Follow your bliss” comes from Joseph Campbell in his book ‘Hero of a thousand faces’. It has resonated with me since I first read the book over 30 years ago.

The very best explanation that I have ever come across for “follow your bliss” comes from the film ‘Finding Joe’ which is a documentary about Joseph Campbell’s work. 

In the film the President of the Joseph Campbell Foundation describes bliss as “doing what you can’t not do.” I love this!

In an excellent book ‘The Element - how finding your passion changes everything’, Ken Robinson says about the element “the place where the things we love to do and the things we are good at come together.”

“Do what you love, in the service of people who love what you do.” Steven Farber in ‘The Radical Leap’ is perhaps my favourite line of all time when it comes to meaningful work.

What drives us according to Daniel Pink in ‘A Whole New Mind’ and ‘Drive - the surprising truth about what motivates us.’ Is the three factors below:

“Autonomy: the urge to direct our own lives

Mastery: the desire to get better and better at something that matters

Purpose: the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves”

The Japanese say everyone has an ikigai. The French call it raison d’etre. 

In their beautiful book ‘Ikigai The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life’, Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles quote from people born in Okinawa, the island with the most centenarians in the world - “our ikigai is the reason we get up in the morning.”

All of these works and my own experience in working with people to find their essence I conclude that our life’s work, our reasons for being, is found at the intersection between Can do, Will do, Love to do, and People who love what I do. 

I recommend creating a one-page visual as a key heart and head action.

Career and Life-Calling Card where you would feature your answers the following questions:

Can Do

What do I know?

What are my key skills?

What is my real expertise?

How do I practice what I know?

Will do

What is my attitude to living?

What am I really committed to?

How can I be more disciplined in taking action?

How I am really different from others who do what I do?

Love to do

My purpose in life is?

I am passionate about?

I find Joy in?

My art is?

My essence is?

People who love what I do

How do I:

Serve others?

Help people achieve what is important to them?

Solve people’s problems?

Offer solutions to people’s challenges?

Exchange value with other people?

Deliver value to other people?

Become the wise leader you want to be 

Ian

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Wise Leaders Are Truth-Tellers

This is the second in a series about the roles Wise Leaders Play. The first about Coaching and Mentoring is here.


Williams Shakespeare had it right over 500 years ago when he proclaimed in Hamlet "This above all to thine own self be true.

Being true to ourselves is the foundation of being true to everyone else.

Here's a short list of books that I recommend you read to help you to be a truth-teller.

Join in the conversation at the next Wise Leaders Cafe or the Wise Leaders Symposium where I will be exploring live the roles Wise Leaders play.

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Ian

Monday, 19 April 2021

Letting go is a key to flow


I have highly valued studying this book.

The authors life story is incredible.

This book has helped me greatly to further my quest of letting go of any attachments that are in the way of being the best version of me.

As Michael says a key to being in the flow of life is letting go and just focusing on whatever is in front of us.

" ... Do whatever is out in front of you with all your heart and soul without regard for personal results. Do the work as though it were given to you by the universe itself - because it was."

You will find all the books I recommend here.

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Ian

Friday, 16 April 2021

Life/work harmony is crucial to the success of today's workplace

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This is episode 104.

There’s a lot of talk about the hybrid workplace meaning people are working at their organisations locations and others are working from home, and where many people have a blend of both. The buzz word is hybrid.

In my view this is all essential.

The evidence is clear that in the majority of places productivity improved during Covid 19.

I believe there is something deeper going on here. People want life/work harmony. 

The idea of work/life balance has been around for many years. I have always believed it to be a poor idea. 

In our working life we spend more time working than we do engaging in other pursuits. I created the concept of life/work harmony as I feel it more accurately describes what we want.

In my Changing What’s Normal book first published on 2011 I suggested 11 laws of life/work harmony. In the decade since they have become even more relevant.

1. There’s the law of harmony. Opposites attract. There are always at least two sides to every story. Think Yin and Yang.

2. There’s the law of possibility. The opportunities life offers us are endless. There are no limits, except those we place on ourselves. There is nothing we cannot achieve.

3. There’s the law of personal responsibility. No one else can make us feel or think glad, sad, bad or mad. How we feel and think are choices we make.

4. There’s the law of attraction. Success is not something we attain, rather something we attract.

5. There’s the law of the farm. You find fertile ground, plough it, seed it, and nurture it, and more often than not you reap a harvest. We get what we give. What goes around comes around. These are modern ways of describing an old adage; we reap what we sow.

6. There’s the law of relationships. We gravitate to those we like, know and trust.

7. There’s the law of service. Giving without attachment to getting back creates one of life’s great paradoxes; we get more back.

8. There’s the law of confidence. Confidence is to maintain a positive inner and outer image and display them.

9. There’s the law of communication. Not all dialogue is communication. We often talk just for the joy of it. To actually communicate is to agree on some course of action even if it is to agree to disagree.

10. There’s the law of adaptability. I heard a great saying one time “better to adapt than be a sitting duck and get run over”

11. Finally there’s the law of synchronicity. Everything is connected in some way to everything else.

Suggested Actions

  1. Always think both/and, rather than either/or; accept the good with the bad; appreciate pleasure, gain from pain; focus on the positive, learn from the negative; and you will soon begin to find harmony in your life.
  2. Own your feelings and thoughts and refuse to get tangled in other people’s feelings and thoughts. We must let go of attachment to what other people feel and think. Soon we eliminate guilt and worry; two of life’s most useless and most debilitating emotions.
  3. Commit to life-long learning; focus on insight more than information and wisdom more than knowledge. The more we become who we are capable of becoming the more we attract success.
  4. Focus on proven processes and detach from outcomes. If we are taking the right action, results take care of themselves.
  5. Fully understand what others need and provide it; go the extra mile. By adding value to every transaction and interaction; co-create wow experiences at work, home and play. Before long others will be serving you in ways beyond your wildest expectations.
  6. Demonstrate openness to learning and not asserting your way is the only way. At the same time believe in yourself and believe in others. 
  7. Speak and communicate from your heart and confidence will rarely get mistaken for arrogance.
  8. Communicate with a specific goal in mind and listen simply to understand. When speaking and listening ask for feedback to ensure message effectiveness.
  9. Demonstrate your willingness to adapt, be flexible, and go with the flow. A key seems to be to realize it is not what happens to us that is important rather our response to what happens. 
  10. Take responsibility for your responses to life and life will respond to you.
  11. Establish a shared-view with family, friends and work colleagues, about how you will live your values and have ongoing conversations about living your values. More on shared-view here.


I found the following article about hybrid work valuable.

The Next Great Disruption Is Hybrid Work—Are We Ready?

We are not going back to normal. Wise leaders choose now over normal.

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Ian

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Wise Leaders Coach and Mentor

 The wisest leaders I know are both coaches and mentors.


Some people like myself have a go to methodology. 

In my case this is mentoring. 

I have three processes that I use in my work with clients to help them to move to where they want to be in their own best way. 

I also provide coaching.

Learn more here. 


I am often asked “what is the difference between a coach and a mentor?” My answer is that there doesn’t need to be a difference in terms of labels, yet making a distinction can be very useful in terms of roles.

For me Coaching is concerned with competency: the skills needed to perform at optimum levels. Good coaching is about maximizing skills.

Mentoring is concerned with commitment: the will we need to perform at our best. Good mentoring is about maximizing will.

Mentoring is very different to coaching. Here’s how I overview the differences on page 172 in my Changing What’s Normal book.

Good Coaching requires

  • Ability to articulate how performance should be.
  • Ability to share knowledge clearly and succinctly. 
  • Ability to create diverse, fun, practice methodologies. 
  • Ability to be tough yet fair. 
  • Ability to challenge people respectfully. 
  • Ability to separate problems from personality. 
  • Ability to be general with praise and specific with criticism.

Good Mentoring requires 

  • Willingness to influence others regarding the steps necessary to lift performance yet allow others to make their own decisions. 
  • Willingness to listen more than speak. 
  • Willingness to give advice but more to encourage people to find their own way. 
  • Willingness to experience delayed gratification.
  • Willingness to give away hard earned wisdom. 

Are you a good coach and a good mentor? Your people, including your children if you are a parent, need you to be.

As mentioned I personally play the role of mentor more than that of a coach.

I’m with Seth Godin who says:

“Good advice is priceless. Not what you want to hear, but what you need to hear. Not imaginary, but practical. Not based on fear, but on possibility. Not designed to make you feel better, designed to make you better. 

Seek it out and embrace the true friends that care enough to risk sharing it.

I’m not sure what takes more guts—giving it or getting it.”

For many years I have valued, used and helped my clients to use the following adaption from the Situational Leadership Model.


There's a post and podcast here about learning and development that references coaching and mentoring that you will find valuable too.

Should you value some coaching and/or mentoring in developing your own unique methodologies please reach out to me on +61 418 807 898.

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Ian

Monday, 12 April 2021

What is 'good governance'?

I'm asking my Twitter friends What is the role of the federal government? So far no clear answers.

It seems to me that we have unqualified people making decisions that effect everyone's future. We the people need to change the role of government.

In the case of the Federal government in Australia I believe they are guilty of ideological overreach.

I believe we need to adopt a form of Athenian democracy as an article by Gareth Hutchens clearly demonstrates 'If Australia was more democratic, would its economic policies be better?' Of course women and slaves would need to be included, unlike in Athenian times. Today there should be no slaves. In reality according to some there are more than 40 million. The bottom line is we are nowhere near being a democratia which means people power.

As I found the above article I began researching governance. I've been engaged in eight boards in my career including three as the Chairperson. It's been a while though and so I am a little out of touch.

I googled governance and found the following first:

Governance has been defined to refer to structures and processes that are designed to ensure accountability, transparency, responsiveness, rule of law, stability, equity and inclusiveness, empowerment, and broad-based participation. 

In my view my federal government is failing in them all!

In an article for The Age over the weekend respected journalist  Jon Faine said "The spin that seems to characterise every waking moment and every utterance from this PM is made worse by muddying of the waters by the bureaucracy." 

I think that this says everything we need to know about why the Prime Minister and LNP must go. The Public Service is supposed to be independent.

What is 'good governance' to you?
What is the role of government in your view?

Please email ian@ianberry.biz with your insights. They will help me as I complete my research into a new book I am writing about shared-view.

We need to move on from my way is the only way or authoritarian governments, and all forms of fundamentalism and instead lead through a shared-view.

Most of our troubles, personal, local, organisational, national, and international, are fundamentally based in our perceived need to hang onto the world in here (my view), our issues with the world out there (other people's views), and, our failure to focus more on the world we share (ours).

The exciting news is that when we find and sustain shared-view (ours) we can triumph over all our troubles.

Become the wise leader you want to be.
Ian

Friday, 9 April 2021

The five faces of a human being fully alive

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This is episode 103.

I'm excited about many things in life. High on my list is the increase in the number of people who are spiritually alive, emotionally healthy, mentally alert, physically active, and universally aware.

I call these the five faces of a human being fully alive.

One piece of advice that my father gave me as a boy has stayed with me. To live a good life he suggested “be spiritually alive, mentally alert and physically active.”

Over time I added emotionally healthy and universally aware to Dad’s three.

Each of the five faces are foundational to wise leadership. We need them all in harmony with one another in order to bring our true and best selves to the world.

Most people in my view confuse the rules of religion, the do’s and don’ts, the dogma and doctrines, with actually living the truth, which it seems to me is loving one another and living in harmony with one another, regardless of what your religion is.

As Dr David R. Hawkins says “Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and others."

Emotional intelligence is lacking in many male leaders today. I suspect this is to do with the fact that most men are challenged to lead with and from their hearts.

Mindset is still a widely referenced concept particularly due to the work of Carol Dweck who talks about having a growth mindset not a fixed mindset.

A lot of the trouble in our world comes from leaders with fixed mindsets. These folk believe that their way is the only way. It takes great skill to have a flexible rather than fixed mindset. Being flexible means that we can believe whatever we wish yet still reach a shared-view about what’s next even with people who have different beliefs.

Being spiritually alive, emotionally healthy and mentally alert makes flow possible. Of course being in flow is essential for achieving our best.

From flow and collaborating with others we become more universally aware meaning that we are able to operate from what my friend, colleague and wonderful educator Glenn Capelli calls SOG Esteem i.e. self esteem, others esteem and global esteem.

How could you become more spiritually alive, emotionally healthy, mentally alert, physically active and universally aware?

Here's some more insights for your consideration.

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Ian

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Real Leadership is Wise Leadership

It sometimes feels like we are surrounded by fake leaders. The good news is that they don't in reality out number us. 

When people speak about you do they remark on your authenticity?

Your best, most magnificent, one-of-a-kind self is needed because mainstream media still favours the fake and delusion is therefore always making the headlines.


The relevant content from my 2005 published handbook 'What Real Leaders Do and fake one's don't' is included in my latest book Heart-Leadership. As I say in the video I've thought about reintroducing the 2005 title. It was my most requested presentation in the years 2004 - 2011 where I delivered it over 700 times as either a conference keynote or workshop.

Today I feel Wise Leaders is more appropriate. Helping you to become the wise leader you want to be is my signature work. The best way to be a wise leader that I have discovered is to lead with and from your heart.

You can access Heart-Leadership here. At this link there's 28 complimentary videos about real leadership. 24 are under 5 minutes. There's also 24 podcasts (all are under 10 minutes).

You can get the book by becoming a member of Wise Leaders Community. Learn more here. 

You can also get the book by registering for my Wise Leaders Cafe, Wise Leaders Q & A, and Wise Leaders Seminars. All the details are here.

You were born magnificent. What happens to most of us is that we lose our way for a time and our best self awaits.

Real leadership, people leadership is the art of seeing, sometimes unearthing, mostly magnifying and enhancing people's essence including your own. 

Such leadership needs process innovation (real management) which is collaborative work of ensuring processes make it simple for people to bring their essence to their work. (NB processes include policies, procedures, practices, philosophies, principles, structures and systems).

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Ian

Monday, 5 April 2021

Moving beyond either/or in politics and business

Eminent human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC, who is advising Australians stranded overseas who have filed legal action against the Australian federal government in the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee in Geneva, says the following:

“Both our political parties have, in the past, done what they can to help Australians overseas but Mr Morrison is behaving as if in a moral vacuum – he does not seem to care very much about the suffering caused to fellow Australians.”

Source

Moral vaccum according to my Urban dictionary is "A complete lack of morals and integrity, in most cases acting belligerently and knowingly rejecting scrutiny."

'Moral vaccum' in my view is a perfect description of our current Federal Government in Australia. As one whose cause is #eliminatinginjustice I have for sometime used Twitter as one way that I can influence changing the narrative and moving to a world beyond either/or politics.

Here's a recent Tweet of mine

Replying to @Paul_Karp

"This needs repeating over and over I feel "the real story is the PM's terrible handling of gender equity, harassment and violence". I might add among other things. The PM's mistakes, missteps and malice are in plain sight. Can we have an election please?"

Paul Karp is a political reporter at Guardian Australia. I was replying to his tweet below:

"I think identifying the target of PM's bad misfire at News Corp is fine, but most other details in that AFR smash-up on Sam Maiden were gratuitous. Her reporting speaks for itself. She isn't the story, the PM's terrible handling of gender equity, harassment and violence is."

I sometimes cop some criticism from my colleagues for my comments about politics and religion on Twitter. I accept and acknowledge it and am committed to being kind, fair and respectful. I speak out because of Karl Poppers paradox of intolerance. See this article by Theo Sheppard. My thanks to Twitter friend Sue Barrett for putting me in touch with Poppers work.

Quoting from the above article "Karl Popper, the influential Austrian-born British philosopher and academic, stated that unlimited and unchecked tolerance will almost inevitably lead to the extinction of tolerance in its entirety."

Personally I cannot stay silent while conservative governments around the world fail to address climate change, inequality, domestic violence and other ills hindering us as a civilisation from being the best that we can be.

To be fair progressive politicians don't always do what must be done either. I want to move beyond either/or politics to a place where politicians are collaborating for the common good.

I will say that in my country, Australia, is it difficult to name one social change for the better that conservative politicians have made, that they initiated, in 100 years.

And in America I am flabbergasted that the conservatives there seem to be hellbent on restricting voting rights as a tactic to gain power.

Below are just a few areas in Australia where the current conservative government is failing society in my view. 

Please write to me at ian@ianberry.biz to share the story in your country. Write also if there is in fact a social change initiated by conservatives in Australia in the past 100 years. And write too if you can add to the following:

Areas where better, more valuable and wiser leadership and governance is required in Australia (and why I won’t be voting conservative at the next Federal election)

  • Adult behaviour in the parliament question time and at press conferences.
  • Aboriginal deaths in custody.
  • Aboriginal inclusion in our constitution.
  • Aged care.
  • Air travel.
  • Allowing people who are not members of the government to speak and other standing orders of parliament.
  • Answering questions.
  • Asylum seekers.
  • Bushfire and other disaster relief.
  • Childcare.
  • Child abuse protection.
  • Climate action.
  • Democracy definition and adherence.
  • Education relevance to life.
  • Energy policy.
  • Equality for women, indigenous people, people with disabilities, 
  • Legal action being taken against whistleblowers by the government (and lack of support for whistleblowers e.g. Julian Assange).
  • LGBTIQ people.
  • Gaslighting.
  • Government funding of projects during or just before elections.
  • Independent Commission Against Corruption and behaviour standards in general.
  • Infrastructure e.g. Energy, NBN. Public Transport.
  • Investment in renewable energy and positioning Australia as a world leader in this field.
  • Job Seeker Investment.
  • Jobs gained by politicians post their political careers.
  • Lobby groups.
  • Political donations.
  • Psychological as well as physically safe workplaces.
  • Sexual harassment.
  • TAFE funding.
  • Timely and professional response to inquiries (Royal Commissions and others).
  • Transitioning fossil fuel industry.
  • Truth-telling.
  • University funding.
  • Violence and abuse against women and children.

What would you add to the list?

The biggest reason I will be voting for an Independent next election is lack of integrity and the moral vaccum mentioned at the beginning of this post. We have a Prime Minister and a string of Ministers who are captured on film today saying one thing and then tomorrow saying they never said what they did. 

Very few people question this lack of integrity. The Independents we have speak truth to power and are endeavouring it seems to me to do the right thing unencumbered by either/or or ideologies.

Who will you become? What will you do next?

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Ian

PS Of course if either/or is present in your business you are simply working with the brakes on. If you are a boss who believes that your way is the only way then I beg you for your own sanity and for your best future and that of your business, change your ways and learn how to find and sustain shared-view.

Friday, 2 April 2021

Awakening the J.E.D.I. within

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My wife Carol and I marched in the #EnoughIsEnough #March4Justice march recently.

We were inspired and left with a feeling that this issue of how women are seen and treated, will rightly not go away, and that lasting change is inevitable.

Our governments continued weak response to this has emboldened people even more.

Ever since I’ve been researching and contemplating how I can more practically help my clients in #eliminatinginjustice by better addressing inequality.

One answer has emerged J.E.D.I. Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

I came across this initially through watching this presentation by Aaron Dignan for Teal Around The World. I love Aaron’s book 'Brave New Work' which is on my top 21 business books recommended reading list as is Frederic Laloux’s 'Reinventing Organisations' which first introduced the concept of Teal organisations. 

In Aaron’s The Ready organisation J.E.D.I. is one of five principles that govern them. The others are transparency, autonomy, consent, and decentralisation.

As an aside, yet integral, is that the concept of Teal has heavily influenced my work including my new business logo and associated services.

There are many things that Teal organisations have in common. One of them it seems is that they are embracing J.E.D.I. Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Please visit The Jedi Collaborative website below for help in awakening the J.E.D.I. within your organisation.

The Jedi Collaborative.

May the Force be with you.

Become the wise leader you want to be.

Ian