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Big Mind - Becoming a wise leader (and follower!)


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Big Mind is derived from Zen philosophy and is about tapping into something bigger and more expansive than our intellect, our "small mind". Leaders (and followers!) need to be able to work with their biases and ego, consider a wider range of options/opinions and leverage their intuition and creativity. Paradoxically, these things do not come from thinking harder but from letting go.

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  • Hi Andrew lthankyou for sharing these thoughts. Can you share your thoughts on how social elements would be considered in 14/22? I am wondering how social fingers impact big mind? relationships, communities, belonging, influence etc
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Big Mind - Becoming a wise leader (and follower!)

  1. 1. Big Mind<br />Becoming a wise leader (and follower!)<br />
  2. 2. Imagine you go to seek help or advice from someone and they respond– in silence – by simply raising their pointy hoof to point you off in the right direction…<br />This is what lives within Shaun Tan’s story of the Water Buffalo… And is what this Big Mind story is about too…<br />
  3. 3. But first… there is a problem…<br />
  4. 4. It’s a problem we think is real…<br />
  5. 5. And a tendency towards complication… and absence of contemplation<br />
  6. 6. And yet, to ask about Being…<br />Know – Do – See – and…<br />Be<br />
  7. 7. Have we lost our way amongst today’s “Big” Stories?<br />
  8. 8. “Big problems need big ideas <br />and Big Minds…”<br />
  9. 9. Within an ancient story...<br />“…stewards and prefects, including the cook, should maintain a joyful mind, an elder's mind, and a great mind whenever they perform rituals or engage in work.”<br />Shobogenzo, Dogen 1237<br />
  10. 10. Big Mind takes us to…….…<br />
  11. 11. “So-called great mind is, in its spirit, like a great mountain or a great sea: it has no partiality and no factionalism.” <br />…A different place…<br />
  12. 12. “Lifting an ounce, it does not consider it light; hefting a stone, it does not consider it heavy. Being drawn by the voices of spring, it does not wander into the swamp of spring.”<br />…A different way…<br />
  13. 13. “Being drawn by the voices of spring, it does not wander into the swamp of spring.<br />Although it sees the colours of autumn, it has nothing whatsoever of the spirit of autumn. It contrasts the four seasons against the backdrop of a single vista.”<br />…A different “being”…<br />
  14. 14. But there are also other fingers (hooves) pointing too…<br />
  15. 15. And other ancient stories too...<br />
  16. 16. Big Mind asks...<br />
  17. 17. How do I be with my anxiety and boredom?<br />
  18. 18. Big Mind asks...<br />
  19. 19. Who am I being now?<br />
  20. 20. Big Mind asks...<br />
  21. 21. Can I let go...<br />…of my ‘I’ if needed?<br />
  22. 22. Where is the hoof pointing for you now?<br />