Reconnecting

September 7, 2015 at 7:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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“The best way to lead people into the future is to connect with them deeply in the present.” – James Kouzes

A little while ago I was apart of a workshop where another facilitator conducted a deceptively simple activity with the group. He used no props, it took very little time, and there was no movement around the room required. But it brought out for the group some very important questions and ideas. Has there been a narrowing of our field, awareness and breadth of vision and perspective over time? What factors may be playing a role in this narrowing (for us as individuals and communities)? How could this potential narrowing impact our ability to be fully present for and deepen connection to self, others and the world around us as we strive to lead and make a difference within complex interactions each and every day?

“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold.” – Bob Marley

I have written before about coming back to connect first, rather than what could be described as accumulate first thinking (especially within the developed world). Over the years we have been witness to incredible development, after incredible development, after incredible development. As new technologies, opportunities, processes and accessibility are integrated into our homes, workplaces and communities, we must learn to most effectively navigate these, rather than these navigating us, as we make room for them within a new balance. If particular aspects of these areas aren’t serving us, are distracting us, or aren’t supporting our individual and shared values, then we must have the courage to reconnect to what’s most important.

“People achieve more as a result of working with others than against them.” -Dr. Allan Fromme

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