From my 9/11 experience, I believe that we must learn to build a new level of trust, new practices for prudence, and to connect to a world that can no longer be ignored.
The addiction to the growth story is linked to the narrative of “the better life.” If we are always seeking a better life, we will never have a good life.
Where are you? The answer is simple: You are where your attention is. Not where your body is.
It is connection and disconnection, with each other, with nature, and with ourselves, that is the foundation of our experience of life, our effectiveness in action, and the meaningfulness of our purposes.
When we learn to accept the fact of our finitude, to accept that breaks are part of life, and to learn that we can face and enter these moments with presence, calm focus, and the capacity to improvise, learn, and innovate, then we will have new ways to dance with life and to lead.
We all have tendencies to fall into certain moods and emotions, and through self-observation and awareness, we can open choices about following our tendencies or instead go into new territory.
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We at the Institute for Generative Leadership have been working on the question, “What is leadership?” for over 30 years, and have come up with criteria that we call “generative.”