It's Time to Let Go of What's Ending
Everything ends. It just does. So let go. Failure to let go of what’s ending is one of the most common reasons that people get stuck. When we look to the past, we turn our backs on our future, on potential and on possibilities. And in these times of complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity, heaven knows we all need to focus on possibilities. In the field of Systems Leadership theory, it’s often mentioned that the Indo-European root of “to lead” is “leith”. It means “go forth”, t
It's Time to Let Go of (inauthentic) Power
Let’s talk about power. When faced with complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity as we are in the current health, economic and political climate, it can be tempting to double down on structure, rules, policies and regulations, because these things give us a sense of power. And through that power, control. The problem is, these forms of power and control aren’t real. They’re an illusion and clinging to them is a recipe for disaster over time. I'm not saying there should be no org
How Leaders Can Ensure They're Not Perpetuating Privilege in Their Organizations
Last week, we talked about the maladaptive system trap known as Success to the Successful. If you haven’t read it, take a peek at it before proceeding with this post. In the Success to the Successful trap, those who are successful are granted additional advantages that give them the ability to compete more effectively and therefore win more easily in the future. It causes us to double down on what we think has worked for us in the past. The result is the same ideas, the same
Success to the Successful: Are You Perpetuating Privilege?
Let’s say Bill and Janet are equally qualified product managers who are each given a critical product development project. Bill is a good guy, a smart guy and a solid guy. You’ve known guys like Bill your whole life. You know you can count on him. You’re very confident in his abilities. Maybe Janet is a person of colour. Maybe she’s a recent immigrant. Maybe they’re non-binary. Maybe she didn’t go to the same school as you. Maybe she came from a different socio-economic backg