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  • In Mark Twain’s novel “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, Tom, Huck and another boy run away to an island in the middle of the Mississippi river, leaving the town to think they have drowned. On Sunday morning they sneak back into the church to listen to their own funerals, and after everyone get so worked up with loss over these trouble makers, they march down the isle to a heroes’ welcome. * You get to pull a Tom Sawyer, and everyone, including the most esteemed business publications, has marked your untimely passing. Write the obituary of your dreams and then read to the group. * Now fast forward to the end of a full life well-lived. We all have to die sometime, and you were no exception. The only difference is, unlike the WSJ obit, your tombstone has room for a lot less type, and will likely only be seen by those closest to you. What’s on it? Write and discuss. * Compare your WSJ obit and your tombstone—what’s the same? Different? Why? Take a moment and write down the Three Most Important Things you need to say, do or be in order to close the gap between your current existence and the life described on your tombstone. 
  • “Plato has said somewhere that the soul is a circle. I took this idea to suggest on the blackboard the whole sphere of the psyche. Then I drew a horizontal line across the circle to represent the line of separation of the conscious and the unconscious. The dot in the center of the circle, below the horizontal line, represents the center from which all our energy comes… Above the horizontal line is the ego, which I represented as a square: that aspect of our consciousness that we identify as our center. But, you see, it’s very much off center. We think that this is what’s running the show, but it isn’t” (p142).--Joseph Campbell
  • “Plato has said somewhere that the soul is a circle. I took this idea to suggest on the blackboard the whole sphere of the psyche. Then I drew a horizontal line across the circle to represent the line of separation of the conscious and the unconscious. The dot in the center of the circle, below the horizontal line, represents the center from which all our energy comes… Above the horizontal line is the ego, which I represented as a square: that aspect of our consciousness that we identify as our center. But, you see, it’s very much off center. We think that this is what’s running the show, but it isn’t” (p142).--Joseph Campbell

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  • The Hero’s Journey
  • In a world that combines irresistible distraction
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  • with constant uncertainty
  • Your family, your company and your community are relying on you to lead them to a better place
    Leadership is the art of taking people down roads they
    don’t want to go down to places they do want to be
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  • But, as you’ve accumulated the awards, rewardsand responsibilities of Success
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  • You’ve found more you need to protect, less you’re able to risk, and an unsettling question you have to answer…
    …am I doing everything I can to make a difference?
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  • Come Behind the Scenes of Your Own Hero’s Journey and Renew the Power and Purpose of Your Life and Work
    A coward dies a thousand deaths, a Hero, but one
    William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar  
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  • What has been will be again, 
    what has been done will be done again; There is nothing new under the sun.
    --Ecclesiastes 1:9 
    New International Version
    Act I :
    The Call to Adventure
    There is nothing new under the sun
    (but there are lots of old things
    we don't know.) --Ambrose Bierce 
    The Devil's Dictionary
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  • C
    I
    The Empire Strikes Big
    The franchise meant big profits
    an unstoppable Death Star sized money machine that has still never been matched in Hollywood history
    May 2007
  • Cost of first Star Wars film:
    $13 Million
    Total Franchise Earnings:
    $22 Billion
    George Lucas’ Rank on
    Billionaire List:
    243
    What was he thinking?
  • Lucas Unlocked the Power of Myth and captivated the world for decades
  • C
    I
    The Hero and His Journey
    Home
    Away
    Home
    (again)
  • First the Hero must accept the Call to Adventure
  • Then the Hero must survive the challenges
  • Finally the Hero returns home victorious
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    Heeding the Call
    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
    Explore. Dream. Discover.
    --Mark Twain
  • If the Hero Refuses the Call, the Journey cannot begin
  • Warmup: What’s Your Appetite for Adventure?
    Calls I have accepted?
    Education
    Career
    Relationships
    Adventure
    Spirituality
    The Memories of a man in his old age are the deeds of a man in his prime
    --Roger Waters
  • Calls I have accepted
    Starting my first business out of college
    Executive MBA—nights and weekends for 4 years
    Climbing a volcano with my wife on our honeymoon in Maui
    Completing a half Iron Man
    Accepting deaconship in my church
  • Warmup: What’s Your Appetite for Adventure?
    Calls I have declined?
    Education
    Career
    Relationships
    Adventure
    Spirituality
    Any Patterns?
    Any Insights?
    It’s never too late to be what you might have been
    --George Eliot
  • Calls I have accepted
    Starting my first business out of college
    Executive MBA—nights and weekends for 3 years
    Climbing a volcano with my wife on our honeymoon
    Accepting deaconship in my church
    Completing a half Iron Man
    Calls I have declined
    Majoring in Military History instead of Econ
    Marrying my first true love in college
    Flyfishing in Alaska with my dad
    Leaving my secure job and starting the business I dream about
    Accepting God more deeply into my life
  • Table Groups – Find a Partner and Discuss
    Find a partner at your table
    Pair off into “A” and “B”
    “A” go first / “B” in listening mode
    “A” share your top accepted and refused Calls to Adventure
    Discuss any insights you had
    Switch roles at bell
    Repeat with “B” sharing
    When the timer is up thank your partner and return focus up front
  • Look to the Future to inspire action in the Present
    To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived…
    This is to have succeeded! 
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Odysseus is the prototype of the Western Hero
  • Exercise: The Call to Adventure is an invitation to envision a new world
    I.
    Write a clear description of the Future you want
    New World
    Old World
    Focus on something ambitious but specific that you can realize in the next one to three years
  • What I really want is…
    To build a high performance leadership team that will grow my company to $100M so that I can create wealth for my family, my employees, and my shareholders.
  • What I really want is…
    Life balance. To get back in shape and have more quality time with my spouse and kids.
  • It’s important to me
    It will make a difference in the lives of key people around me
    It’s something I can take responsibility to make happen
    It’s framed in the positive
    How do I know what I really want? Step I Table
  • Once he accepts the Call, the Hero leaves his old world behind and crosses the threshold into the Unknown
  • One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a
    very long time. 
    - André Gide
    To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. 
    To not dare is to lose oneself. 
    -Soren Kierkegaard
    Act II:
    The Road of Trials
  • II
    Temptation
    All men are tempted. There is no man
    that lives that can’t be broken down,
    Provided it is the right temptation put in
    the right spot.
    - Henry Ward Beecher
    Proverbs from the Plymouth Pulpit
  • To persevere, the Hero must not be distracted from his path
    Did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts? Hot ashes for trees?
    Hot air for a cool breeze? Cold comfort for change? And did you exchange
    a walk-on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?
    - Roger Waters
    Wish You Were Here
    Pride
    Doubt
    Laziness
    Pleasure
    Safety
    Greed
    Fear
  • Exercise: What are you pretending not to know?
    I.
    The Future
    I Want
    Old World
    Write a clear description of everything you do and do not do that prevents you from arriving at the Future You Want
    II.
    Temptations
    &
    Distractions
  • What I do and don’t do that undermines What I Want…
    • I haven’t dealt with my loyal but incompetent #2 who’s been with me since I began the company.
    • I take $750K a year out of profits and run it as a lifestyle business.
    • I don’t trust my team to make big decisions without me.
    • I don’t hire an experienced President too expensive and he’d never get our biz.
    What I really want is…
    To build a high performance leadership team that will grow my company to $100M so that I can create wealth for my family, my employees, and my shareholders.
  • What I do and don’t do that undermines What I Want…
    • I work 14 hour days
    • I eat out 10+ times a week and choose tasty over healthy
    • I drink alcohol excessively to unwind several nights a week
    • I sleep through early am workouts
    • When I am with my family I’m always checking my blackberry
    • I work nights at home
    • I unwind with latenight TV rather than talk to my spouse
    • I treat my kids as a distraction from my laptop
    What I really want is…
    Life balance. To get back in shape and have more quality time with my spouse and kids.
  • II
    The Belly of the Whale
    "Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end.
    What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.”
    --Henry Miller  
  • Exercise: What might you also want?
    I.
    The Future
    I Want
    Old World
    “What else might I be committed to that opposes the Future I Want but explains why I’ve been tempted and distracted ?”
    II.
    Temptations
    &
    Distractions
    III.
    Competing Commitment
  • What I do and don’t do that undermines What I Want…
    • I haven’t dealt with my loyal but incompetent #2 who’s been with me since I began the company.
    • I take $750K a year out of profits and run it as a lifestyle business.
    • I don’t trust my team to make big decisions without me.
    • I don’t hire an experienced President too expensive and he’d never get our biz.
    What I really want is…
    To build a high performance leadership team that will grow my company to $100M so that I can create wealth for my family, my employees, and my shareholders.
    I might also be committed to the importance of…
    Being the King of the Hill
    Keeping an exec team in place that doesn’t question me
    Not making any big changes that might threaten my comfortable lifestyle
  • What I do and don’t do that undermines What I Want…
    • I work 14 hour days
    • I eat out 10+ times a week and choose tasty over healthy
    • I drink alcohol excessively to unwind several nights a week
    • I sleep through early am workouts
    • When I am with my family I’m always checking my blackberry
    • I work nights at home
    • I unwind with latenight TV rather than talk to my spouse
    • I treat my kids as a distraction from my laptop
    What I really want is…
    Life balance. To get back in shape and have more quality time with my spouse and kids.
    I might also be committed to the importance of…
    Avoiding real connection with those closest to me (with work as my excuse) and masking the extreme stress of my career with food and drink.
  • Exercise: What’s stopping you from raising your anchor?
    I.
    The Future
    I Want
    Old World
    “What catastrophic outcome would happen if I weren’t able to uphold my Competing Commitment?”
    II.
    Temptations
    &
    Distractions
    III.
    Competing Commitment
    IV.
    Big Assumption
  • What I do and don’t do that undermines What I Want…
    • I haven’t dealt with my loyal but incompetent #2 who’s been with me since I began the company.
    • I take $750K a year out of profits and run it as a lifestyle business.
    • I don’t delegate strategic decisions because I don’t trust my team’s judgment .
    • I don’t hire an experienced President too expensive and he’d never get our biz.
    • I am personally involved in ALL big decisions.
    I assume that if I fail to uphold my competing commitment of…then…
    Any experienced “A” players I hired would challenge me and ultimately find out that I have been “making it up” as I go along.
    I would be exposed as an imposter and they would find out I’ve been draining company profits to support my personal expenses for years.
    My new team would conclude they were mislead, and leave; my company would go into a death spiral and I would not be able to provide for my family.
    What I really want is…
    To build a high performance leadership team that will grow my company to $100M so that I can create wealth for my family, my employees, and my shareholders.
    I might also be committed to the importance of…
    Being the King of the Hill
    Keeping an exec team in place that doesn’t question me
    Not making any big changes that might threaten my comfortable lifestyle
  • What I do and don’t do that undermines What I Want…
    • I work 14 hour days
    • I eat out 10+ times a week and choose tasty over healthy
    • I drink alcohol excessively to unwind several nights a week
    • I sleep through early am workouts
    • When I am with my family I’m always checking my blackberry
    • I work nights at home
    • I unwind with latenight TV rather than talk to my spouse
    • I treat my kids as a distraction from my laptop
    I assume that if I fail to uphold my competing commitment of….
    then…
    I’d realize I love my job more than I enjoy my kids, I no longer even know my spouse and I am a workaholic and use alcohol as a crutch.
    And….
    I’d be exposed as a failure as husband and father, I’d lose my family, and be so devastated that I would lose my business too.
    What I really want is…
    Life balance. To get back in shape and have more quality time with my spouse and kids.
    I might also be committed to the importance of…
    Avoiding real connection with those closest to me (with work as my excuse) and masking the extreme stress of my career with food and drink.
  • II
    Awakening
    Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget the perfect offering
    There is a crack,
    a crack in everything!
    It’s where the Light gets in.
    It’s where the Light gets in.
    - Leonard Cohen
  • Move from the Big Assumption that holds us to an assumption that we hold
  • Exercise: Turn your assumptions into stepping stones
    Identify safe and recoverable experiments that let you test if your Big Assumption is always and decisively true
    Begin to use your Big Assumption as a touch stone—chisel away at it until what is left is what is still true for you
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  • We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and
    know the place for the first time.
    - T.S. Eliot
    Act III:
    The Return
    Act One:
    The Playwright’s Vision
  • III
    Master of Two Worlds
    Wisdom tells me I am nothing
    Love tells me I am everything
    and between these two banks
    flows the river of my life
    - Nisagardatta
  • Having faced his Past, the Hero now dwells in the Present, bringing the Future into Being
    The future enters into us, in order to
    transform us, long before it happens
    - Rainer Maria Rilke
  • The Hero learns to be in this world and not of it
    I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.
    - Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • He returns to the Marketplace with helping hands
    Barechested, barefooted, he comes into the market place.
    Muddied and dust-covered, how broadly he grins!
    The gate of his cottage is closed and even the wisest cannot find him. His mind is finally quiet. He goes his own way, making no attempt to follow the steps of earlier sages.
    Carrying a gourd, he strolls into the market;
    leaning on his staff, he returns home.
    He leads all those he encounters in the Way.
    The Tenth Zen Oxherding Panel
  • III
    The Role of Practice
    Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.
    - Martha Graham
  • Streamline rituals to optimize your practice
    Success Principles
     
    Link your rituals to something deeper—
    a core value or purpose (like stopping smoking to live to see your grandkids)
     
    Commit to it for 30-90 days
     
    Be precise and structured about scheduling and carrying out the ritual so that it becomes an automated habit (like hanging your car keys on a hook by the door)
     
    Onboard no more than 1-3 rituals at a time
     
    Focus on the Future you want, not the Past you don’t
     
    Anchor behaviors with a training/accountability partner
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  • Move from “problems we solve” to “problems that solve us
    After Action Review
     
    What did you actually do?
     
    What happened? How did people respond? If you received feedback on your new behaviors, what was it? What were your thoughts and subjective impressions as you did this?
     
     
    Are there any alternate interpretations you can think of for the same data? Generate at least one to counterbalance the familiar assumptions that guide your thinking.
     
    What does the data tell you about the validity of your Big Assumption—always true, sometimes true, rarely true?
     
    What is the next safe experiment you can devise to further test your Big Assumption (or another big assumption) and learn more?
     
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  • Take full advantage of the support and challenge of your constellation of care
    • Start the Training Mission
    • Commit for 3 months
    • 1 hour per meeting
    • Individual Accountability Check In
  • III
    The Invitation
    The hottest place in hell is reserved for those who, in a crisis, remain neutral.”
    --Dante
    Divine Comedy
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  • While Governments are taking on water
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  • and Non-Profits are increasingly adrift
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  • If not us,
    Who?
    If not now,
    When?
    --Winston Churchill
    Entrepreneurs hold our best hope for the Storms ahead
  • Your family, your company, and your community are relying on you
    to go behind the scenes of business as usual and unlock the Power and Purpose of your Hero’s Journey
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  • The Hero’s Journey