• “There’s really no way around it. Learning any new skill
involves relatively brief spurts of progress, each of which is
followed by a slight decline to a plateau somewhat higher
than what preceded it.”
The path to mastery
“Mastery: The keys to success and long term fulfilment” George Leonard, 1992
• “We all aspire to mastery, but the path is always long and sometimes rocky, and it
promises no quick and easy payoffs.”
Use of Self as an instrument of change
“In this model, the Use of Self is
a link between
our personal potential and the world of change.
It starts with our understanding of who we are,
our conscious perception of our Self, commonly called the ego, and
the unconscious or out of awareness part of our Self
that is always along for the ride
and on many occasions is actually the driver.
This understanding of Self is then linked with our perceptions
of what is needed in the world around us
and our choice of a strategy
and a role in which to use our energy to create change.”
“Doing Good By Knowing Who You Are The Instrumental Self as an Agent of Change”, Charles N. Seashore, Mary Nash S
hawver, Greg Thompson and Marty Mattare, OD Practitioner, Vol. 36, 3, 2004.
When we are fully committed to mastery:
So what is “Change Management”?Our ability to
make sense of the change
and how people are reacting,
and to intervene in the
system in constructive ways
is our real value.
Our ability to do this
with judgement, integrity
and equanimity is a
who we are.
“Character and Presence”
“Underneath what we do is who we
are, and it is here where our optimum
Of all the things we draw on to create
leverage for our clients, our true nature
is our greatest asset.
When we stay centered on this, and see it
as core to the value we provide, we can
live up to our full potential and help others
do the same.”
~ Daryl Conner, “Character and Presence”
The journey to mastery
The sculpture, by Italian
artist, Giuseppe Penone, is
called, “The Life Within.”
“We can’t cultivate character by acquiring
new concepts or skills. It isn’t about
learning, it’s about uncovering our true
nature and realigning with its inherent
value and impact.
We must reacquaint ourselves with who we
are and stop denying our essence in
order to keep others comfortable.
It isn’t easy to untangle ourselves
from all the conditioning we’ve taken on
over the course of our lives, but to excel in
this profession demands nothing less.”
~ Daryl Conner, “It’s time to wake up”
This is hard – why bother?
“Be the change” = Agile Culture
Fear of failure,
Focus on: Equanimity
It is a
evenness of temper,
especially in a difficult situation.
It is a presence of mind,
a grace under pressure …
A state of mind reflected in a state of being.
a kind of statesmanship that engenders collaboration and
respect … and commands influence.