I read today this sentence in a post of Janet M. Harvey and it kept on resonating with me, even out of its original context. WE: Leaders? Executive coach? Bigger, as human beings?
How were we, as leaders, made for such a time as this? Because times of uncertainty and concerns are THE times calling for, yes requiring leadership and leaders to step in and forward with courage. Because our resilience, our clarity are what our companies and people need, more than ever. Because this is a time where our hearts and our heads need to be in balance -heart for empathy and understanding, head for action and determination.
How were we, as coaches, made for such a time as this? Because at the core of what we do is offering a safe place to leaders. More than ever. For them to stop and resource, grow their resilience, think loud, better anticipate and implement next steps better, a place where they can share their personal concerns or anxieties for their employees and for the future of their company. Because we partner with our clients and support them to focus on what matters and on the criticals.
How were we as human beings made for such a time as this? Want to share your thoughts? Stay safe and healthy fight Coronavirus.
“BE QUIET, USE YOUR EARS, SHUT UP YOUR MOUTH, you then may find out that you learn something”. Obama´s advice at Bits19 to men in meetings to address issues of diversity. This is what he said at the White House when he realized that meetings were diverse with experts women in the room who were not be listened to.
I am impressed by the deep and clear sense of purpose I
heard startup founders at bits19 expressing.
Founders start with the question: “What impact do I want to make, for whom/what do I want to make a difference?” and then try to find solutions. The organization they build is a “means for the purpose”. Their vision guides their work.
People like Elsa Bernadotte perfectly incorporate that spirit. She started by asking herself the question: “How can we stop food wastage?”. Her answer: by founding the startup Karma. https://new.karma.life/ to deliver on her mission.
It’s this clarity of purpose that gives founders their incredible energy, determination and courage to work day and night – with #passion and their ultimate goal in mind.
In many bigger corporations leaders have lost this focus. We
stopped asking ourselves about the collective purpose of our work and may loose
sight of the collective impact we are aiming at having.
Start to think like a founder. Ask yourself: What impact do
I want to make?