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Tools for Inner and Outer Leadership in times of change
Tools for Inner and Outer Leadership in times of change

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The Churning is a book on leadership in times of change.

It comes in two halves:
- Volume 1 focuses on creating inspiration
- Volume 2 focuses on creating results

Each document provides a series of practical tools for addressing the issues can that arise during times of change, and for achieving your desired outcomes.

Taken together, each set of tools provides an integrated framework for progressively transforming not only the situations we face but also our skills and competence as leaders.

Ultimately, these two volumes show us how to create leaders and organisations that are sustainable in the sense that they become ‘antifragile’: they learn not only to survive change but to thrive because of it. They know how to use change to become clearer on what matters most to them and more able to achieve that.

Success in a time of change requires focus, adaptability, and enthusiasm. Leaders who apply the tools of The Churning will find they become more resilient, innovative and inspiring. The organisations they lead will start to operate as living, adaptive organisms.

Inner Leadership for Inspiration has been published (November 2015).
Outer Leadership for Results is being written.

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The story of the Taoist farmer shows that we can never know whether a situation will turn out to be a crisis or an opportunity. Opportunities and threats do not exist in themselves but are formed from the choices we make about how to respond to events.…

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Three ways to develop the key attitude of leadership

We know that the key attitude that defines leadership is the ability to see a problem as an opportunity. This is the attitude that enabled Travis Kalanick to turn the ‘problem’ of not being able to get a cab in Paris one day into the multi-billion dollar…

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Seeing past our value judgments

One of the mistaken “blink-of-an-eye” decisions we can easily make in a time of change is called value judgments. When people and things do not behave in the way we want them to we can all too easily judge them as being ‘bad’, ‘stupid’, ‘irrelevant’,…

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Regular exercise is important — not only to keep keep us healthy but to process the stresses that arise in a churning world. Exercise reconnects us with our bodies. It helps us centre and ground. But how can we find the time to fit it into our busy lives?…

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Learning from America’s greatest president

This Sunday, 12th February, is the 208th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. In the 150 years since his death there has not been a single US President better than Lincoln. A survey in February 2015 still ranked him top. This is a man who knew how…

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In a time of change, your ability to create an inspiring vision is what will draw people to your project, motivate them to stay, and inspire them to deliver results. There is no fixed template for how to achieve this: no two inspiring leaders are the…

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Find your values - they'll keep you focused and save you time

In a time of change, new issues keep arising all the time. If we are not careful it is easy to become distracted. Then our life becomes a game of snakes and ladders as we are jerked about by whatever comes along. But if we take the time to find our values…

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Understanding our 'drive to become' helps us manage stress and self-actualise

Sometimes we are happy with the lives that we are living. Sometimes we feel dissatisfied: there is a gap between the person we are being and the person we want to become. It is this inner gap that catches hold of us when the American Dream whispers softly…

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There are no opportunities or threats: the parable of the Taoist Farmer

There was once a farmer in ancient China who owned a horse. “You are so lucky!” his neighbours told him, “to have a horse to pull the cart for you.” “Maybe,” the farmer replied. One day he didn’t latch the gate properly and the horse ran away. “Oh no!…
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