One step at a time

Keep walking
Keep walking, though
there is no place to get to.
Dont try to see through the distances.
Thats not for human beings
Move within, but dont move
the way fear makes you move.
Today, like every other day
we wake up empty and frightened.
Dont open the door to the study
and begin reading.
Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love
be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel
and kiss the ground.

Rumi

A mirror onto what I want I am hoping to do…

As I continue to think about how I refine my offering and keeping it simple and digestible… I also ponder whether what I want to do really has the legs and the importance for people and organisations… and then something happens and I know so deeply that focusing on the whole person is actually critical for our own resilience and for that of the corporation… so here’s the “something” from yesterday… I spent two pretty gruelling days in Melbourne and finally flopped into a cab late yesterday. As always getting a taxi in Melbourne is difficult and waiting for a cab when I stepped into mine, was a young woman, so I invited her to share the ride to the airport… We ended up chatting about what we do and she listened intently to my story and then recounted that she had been a senior Sales Director with a well-known global online brand for 7 years – knew the business, managed people, was highly successful and managed to work incredibly calmly under pressure… until… a tiny thing brought to her attention on her day off, sparked a massive panic attack… she resigned, went to Bali, did yoga, learned how to breathe… and has a year later just taken a new and exciting job… It was as if I needed a real-life example of a young talented woman whose somatic response actually was the propellant to move her out the company… I’d like to talk that organisation and work out the cost of her departure, impact on her team, loss of IP, etc etc… So Curve of the World is still on track about the Integrated Person… mental, emotional, values and physical… Now all I have to do is continue to breathe deeply.

An injection for boards

It shouldn’t make one gasp in amazement that diversity on boards or on leadership teams provides that edge in innovative thinking, creative problem-solving and just all-round better commercial sense… it shouldn’t be a shock that challenging the status quo in a constructive way makes great business sense… it shouldn’t be unimaginable that having multiple of the same won’t give you that edge… There is a great blog today from Aileen Lee, a partner at the investment house of Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers on why your next board member should be a woman…

The courage to look fear in the face…

I stumbled on this piece about courage by the amazing Eleanor Roosevelt….”The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before. If you can live through that you can live through anything. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, `I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it. If you fail anywhere along the line, it will take away your confidence. You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Working on marketing materials

Very generously, Bob is helping me to create my website for Curve of the World… and I in return will be teaching a little bit of “yoga for the mature student” (more commonly known as yoga for the unstretched-tight-as-a-drum mature student)… also have my niece helping with images and diagrams for my presentations (we now have to negotiate payment… I think the joy of working with her aunt should be sufficient reward :-)… I even snuck in a brand new replacement ipad… (the disbelieving Apple tech support man thought he’d heard me incorrectly when I explained I hadn’t switched it on for over a year as I didn’t really know what to do with it… but was now filled with excitement at my impending trip to Melbourne next week and wanted to put my presso on the dead thing …. So a very generous Apple replaced it this evening… So a very industrious week…

It beckons…

Talk about beckoning you in – this amazing picture sits on my friend, Julie’s wall… I spent yesterday with her completing an exceptional shape-shifting brand positioning process that has stretched over the week… she has a rare and gentle capacity to concentrate both thinking and feeling that allows you to hone in on your purpose, your values and the essence of what you are offering… it’s been a gift of alchemy for me and I feel like I am finally ready to step onto the bridge towards the misty unknown…

Dancing on the high seas

After a particularly uncomfortable and difficult Friday, Em forwarded this piece from Oriah Mountain Dreamer…”..I’ve been thinking of moving through life as less about finding solid ground and more about learning to walk across the deck of a small boat on the open seas. Sometimes the waters are rough, sometimes they’re calm. Sometimes you keep your balance. Sometimes you fall overboard, and hopefully a fellow seafarer is there to throw you a line, as you will throw one to them when the time comes. Hoping and trying to control the weather or the sea is a futile waste of energy that can wear us out. Learning to walk and rest, dance and dream on a rolling deck is a far more useful skill.” Never a great seafarer I do however love this and am holding a vision of me dancing in bright red shoes with change and transformation…