9 Personal Capacities of Authentic Leaders I came across the book The Lotus: a practice guide for authentic leadership toward sustainability on blurb.com yesterday. Research by Baan, Long and Pearlman shows that successful sustainability leaders embody these nine personal capacities: 1. Being Present Being Present means being fully aware and awake in the present moment – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This includes connecting to otheres, the environment around you and current reality. The proposed utopia We are increasingly fractious, anxious and agitated citizens of Spaceship Earth. We seem to know that the perfect storm of major change is upon us, and that we are living on borrowed time when it comes to economics, energy and our collective environment. Increasingly we realize that in order to satisfy our immediate desires we are borrowing our prosperity and our current quality of life from the futures of our children and grand-children.
Daruma (Bodhidharma) - Patriarch of Zen Buddhism in China and Japan The historical Bodhidharma (known as Daruma in Japan) was an Indian sage who lived sometime in the fifth or sixth century AD. He is commonly considered the founder of 禅, and credited with Chan's introduction to China. (Important Note: Zen is the term used in Japan, but Daruma’s philosophy arrived first in China, where it flowered and was called Chan Buddhism. Only centuries later does it , where it is called Zen). Practically nothing is known about Bodhidharma or his teachings. Early Chinese texts provide scant information, except to say he was a pious monk from Indian who came to China and introduced a form of meditation that involved “gazing at cave walls.”
Cities Continue to Demonize Vegetable Gardens From 2008 to 2009, home gardening increased from 36 million to 43 million households. It appears to be continuing its upward trend. As Mother Earth News puts it, “The worse the economy, the more people garden.” Although vegetable gardening is good news for people’s pocketbooks as well as their stomachs, it has created an interesting problem between some city officials and the local gardeners. In what has been dubbed a War on Gardening, many green thumbs across the nation are having to deal with officials who are none-too-impressed with their edible plants.
PRECEPTS OF LEADERSHIP by Louis Beam 1. The most important principle of leadership is to lead by example. If at all possible, a leader should have already done that which he will ask others to do. 2. The best leaders, more often than not, "come up through the ranks." They lead by example and by experience. Global TEDGlobal 2012 on the TED Blog Monday June 25 Tuesday June 26 Wednesday June 27 Thursday June 28 Friday June 29
Plotting a revolution: Inside the mind of a budding guerrilla gardener It’s time. I’ve practiced my craft at home . I’ve experimented with tamer, safer tactical maneuvers . But now it’s time to go deeper. Global Leadership Summit at London Business School The rapid advance of technology in the digital age has had a profound impact on society, politics and the economy. Geographic and cultural boundaries have become blurred, traditional hierarchies have been challenged and business leadership redefined. Global knowledge is instantly accessible and the power of the consumer has never been greater. The way individuals communicate and consume has been revolutionised, scale has been amplified and the way work is organised, transformed. So what does this mean for business and how can you ensure you're not left behind?
Think Global / Act Local & Communicate Digitally / Connect Analogue - A 360 Degree View of Thinque's Solutions Recently, we have had the privilege and fortune of connecting globally and locally with multinational organisations in a diverse range of markets. Technology combined with future-minded human connectedness and connection is making this possible. Recent projects we have been working on have included a national 'Thought Leadership and Social Media Marketing' roadshow for one of the world's leading financial services organisations, scenario planning with Australia's leading bank, a 'leadership styles' program with an American pharmaceutical company, employer branding advice for one of the world's thought leading HR companies, executive coaching with pharmaceutical leaders, and an international innovation roadshow with an American-Japanese printing and digital solutions provider. Given the depth, breadth and global nature of these programs, we thought it apt to visually demonstrate some of the services and solutions that we offer at Thinque.
24 Books To Hone Your Strategic Mind Strategy isn’t something that’s taught well in school. Hell, most people probably couldn’t tell you the difference between “strategy” and “tactics” (or even know there is a difference.) This is unfortunate, because strategy is something that is critically relevant to all of us – not just those with careers in the military. We all have goals, we all have obstacles to those goals and we all live in a world we do not control. Those things combine to create the necessity of strategy. The better we are at it – the better we are at doing what we want and need to do.
Sin Jefes: The Leaderless Academic Community To begin with a stupid, but not snide, question: if your university or college has a president, who elected him? . . . exactly! . . .so why do we stick with this term to designate the head honcho of higher educational institutions? Surely, there are more accurate words to describe an appointed leader who exercises authority with some formal but little substantive accountability to those whom he or she commands. The college or university president is a symptom of one historical mode of managing complex organizations. The esteemed historian of higher education, Frederick Rudolph, divides the history of the college president into two periods: the era of the “old-time president” and the era of the “new president.”
gavinkeech: Polytopia Project Map GEN010 This iteration/generation of the Polytopia Project map (derived from notthisbody's conversation mapping +) was designed by utilising the raw information distributed to me in Australia, as it emerged in Italy, during the lead up to the Polytopia Presentation to be handed out (printed) at the TransVision 2010 conference. notthisbody, wildcat, spaceweaver and starwalker over the course of the weekend (back in the day), sent live voice recordings and ongoing 'generational conversation maps' of their discussions which consisted of distilled analysis of core values for what the Polytopia Project encompasses. Working along side them over the couple of days and integrating the highly distilled, yet raw information from their live analysis of terms, fundamental values of what the polytopia project stands for, was a great experience and one i was stoked to be involved with.
A Practical Philosophy Reading List Very few people wake up and think “I need philosophy.” This is perfectly understandable. But of course, everyone has their own problems and are dealing with the difficulties of life in some way or another. The irony is this is actually what ancient philosophy was intended to ameliorate. The garden plot thickens: Taking guerrilla gardening to the next level Tip: When attempting any technically not-legal tactical endeavors, it helps to start with a checklist. For some rebels, I imagine this list would include items like spray-paint and rotten eggs, maybe an iPod stocked with mood music by the Sex Pistols. Me, I’m taking a greener approach with my list: potting soil, water bottle, trash bags, low-maintenance plants, and one classic terra-cotta planter. I assembled these items one recent evening in preparation for my first attempt at serious guerrilla gardening (that’s reclaiming a piece of underused public land by planting it, to you). I’d dropped a few wildflower seed balls around the city, sure, but those little bombs are a bit of a crapshoot. This would be the first time I’d leave anything undoubtedly living and green in my wake.