Peter Zehren, Parisian Reflections on Leadership


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Reflections on leadership from the streets of Paris. Having visited Paris several times I have found inspiration and instruction from the culture, the people and the aesthetics. From the Arc de Triomphe, to the window box, to the streets below, there are lessons to be learned from observation.

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Peter Zehren, Parisian Reflections on Leadership

  1. 1. PARISIAN REFLECTIONS On Leadership
  2. 2. LEADERSHIP MIX One of the things Paris taught me was to explore details. Like the etching in this door knocker, function and beauty combine through elegant craftsmanship. A leader can only hope to bring all these elements together.
  3. 3. UNEXPLORED BYWAYS I love getting lost in the twists and turns of Paris. There is a heightening of the senses that comes from allowing ourselves to traverse the uncharted. As a leader, we must often face new and unusual dimensions.
  4. 4. BALANCE Even a meal of bread, cheese and fruit reflects balance. The artful placement of flowers and food on a table can bring an aesthetic balance to life.
  5. 5. PEOPLE PASSION Sharing a meal in a Parisian's apartment included diverse, interesting conversation. Leaders can strengthen and build sustainable relationships by listening to different passions and perspectives
  6. 6. BEING PROUD I witnessed an induction ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe. Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité Having a relative’s name etched in the Arc brought a connection I had not expected. Leaders give stakeholders reason to be proud.
  7. 7. DOWN TIME One morning, I watched people below waiting outside a shop from my chamber window. A reminder that there will probably always be downtime and that limiting it is an important part of strategy, planning and leadership.
  8. 8. UNIQUENESS While we are all similar it is the individual uniqueness that a leader learns to celebrate. In aiming for a goal, there are many pathways—one as interesting as the next. How the goal is reached may not be as important as reaching it.
  9. 9. TAKE PAUSE Stop and smell the flowers. Paris is full of flowers that are pleasing to the senses. It is a reminder to de-stress our lives; to build in ways to reboot. It also reminders us that using all your senses creates clearer communication.
  10. 10. THOUGHTS ON LEADERSHIP Peter Zehren has worked in the nonprofit sector for years helping organizations refine missionbased, results driven fundraising. His strength in launching new technologies and innovative strategies have increased fundraising efforts by over 30% in one year alone. He attributes his success to remaining More about Peter Zehren open to the art of the possible.