What is the issue or set of circumstances prompting us to hold these conversations here today and how does that overlap with why you are here?
These are our biases and assumptions. Some are accurate, some are there to trick you, some are there as irritants, some are there to honor a larger context
The Itancan . . . People honorer, people owner, proud walker, he who keeps the people in his heart, he who keeps the people close or braids the people, he who touches the people.Leadership is not an abstract concept that exists somewhere. It is also not something we do onto others. It is a quality given to a relationship designed to connect two or more with the largest achievable context.Anything that is not honorific or salvific is probably about power and manipulation. Power and manipulation have nothing to do with leadership.Albeit at some times necessary, authority is about command and control.
Consciousness and sustainability are not achievable, it is available, it must be accepted, claimed, and surrendered intoIncremental change is transactional in a utilitarian sort of way.Adaptive and incremental change are survival tactics that do not lead to sustainabilityAdaptive changeis transactional in a pragmatic sort of wayAll transformative change implies an evolutionary breakthrough whereby right being leads to right doingThe idea of Progress is a meaningless concept used as a manipulation tool that attempts against sustainability
An inside job—right being leads to right doingAt least one of the parties must be willing to give into consciousness about where it is all going.
Awareness is not consciousnessConsciousness is the only force with transformative, evolutionary potentialYou know you are conscious when the universe, its source, and your ontological process are synched (aligned and connected) and in constant dialogue
Ideas are irrelevant on the road to sustainabilityThe age of ideas is giving way to the age of conscious obeisance to what is and needs to be . . . the age of freedomFreedom means having nothing to defendLiving requires flow, not effort Life doesn’t need us to fix it or improve itLeadership originated as the appropriation of pack/herd/flock behavior to ensure survival of the largest number of fittest specimensIf not leadership, then what?Eldership means the conscious party in the relationship doesn’t get to set the agenda, the CP only gets to respond to it.I we leave life alone, it will thrive, life only needs us to leave it alone and enjoy it. If we let ourselves be, we will thrive
Wise prophetic eldership
OSR Presentation June 19, 2011
Transformative Leadership in Unsustainable Times <br />www.transformandrenew.org<br />The dance of relationship<br />
What circumstances prompt us to hold these conversations here today and how does that define why you are here?<br />
Why we are here<br />The world is not doing great<br />The issues might be more serious than we can understand, and also more hopeful<br />Because we believe the time is now for conscious human evolution <br />To give you permission to do that work <br />To offer and validate language that honors that work<br />To hold a space where you can experience the possibilities<br />To allow you to remember yourself because you already know what you need to know<br />
Or . . . <br />This is the way it is <br />BIASES, ASSUMPTIONS, AND IRRITANTS<br />
Leadership<br />Is only a type of relationship<br />Salvific and honorific<br />Requiring authorship not authority<br />Longing freedom, deliverance, and the greater good.<br />
sustainability<br />Is the sacrosanct upholding of life<br />Demanding consciousness<br />Requiring evolution <br />Transforming the world<br />A sacred journey<br />Making progress a meaningless concept. <br />
Transformation<br />Is an inside job<br />Implying an ongoing awakening <br />To constant awareness about oneself <br />Always in deep relationship<br />Consciously<br />Towards togetherness.<br />
Dance of sustainability<br />Spirituality<br />
If the title of this conference is an imperative to uphold something that so far we have not been able to sustain into the future, it matters to be conscious of the answers to these questions: <br />Why have current notions of leadership proven insufficient to the task? <br />What essential qualities would you associate with a higher form of leadership? <br />Why is leadership required at all? And if not leadership, then what else?<br />
But . . . Sometimes a snake biteis your ticket home<br />
You’ve got to Dance . . . <br />. . . like nobody's watching; love like you've never been hurt. Sing like nobody's listening; live like it's heaven on earth. (And speak from the heart to be heard)<br />--William Purkey<br />
bibliography<br />The Little Prince—Antoine de Saint Exupery<br />Becoming an Invitational Leader—William W. Purkey<br />