Appreciating Complexity

June 22, 2013 at 12:59 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.”

~Harry Emerson Fosdick

I am consistently inspired by the students I have the pleasure to facilitate our programs for. Being able to engage and listen to their processing, questions, insights and ideas is a privilege. Yesterday was no exception.

Within the Lead with Courage: Stage 3 Leaders Program experience that I provided, the Year 5 cohort demonstrated their willingness to explore the possibilities, discover their potential and act authentically. Their enthusiasm, curiosity, experimentation and depth of thoughts, words and actions on the day was impressive.

A theme that kept coming up for these students within the various challenges and discussion was the complexity involved in the leadership journey, each individuals ability to use their daily thoughts, words and actions to make a difference for themselves and others. Each time it was reflected on by the students though it was from an attitude of empowerment. Rather than retreating, they demonstrated an eagerness to show up and foster this quote, ‘leadership is action, not position’ (Donald H. McGannon).

“The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.”

– Douglas Horton

Our individual and shared journeys of potential are grounded in complexity. Everyday we navigate its 86,400 seconds to the best of our ability. So as we encounter any combination of the following list that could go on and on, how will we show up?

Unknowns. Opportunities. Successes. Challenges. Choices. Experiences. Vulnerability. Loss. Fear. Difference. Learning. Perspectives. Assumptions. Courage. Acceptance. Belonging. Joy. LOVE.


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