Stillness is what creates love, Movement is what creates life, To be still, Yet still moving – That is everything!
Do Hyun Choe, Japanese Master
My concept, Still Moving, is the skills framework and title for my latest book on how to lead change, built from my 2015 round of global research. Considered a genuine breakthrough in thinking in how to lead change in today’s uncertain, disruptive and interconnected yet dislocated world, Still Moving challenges us to cultivate a set of inner capacities (stillness) as the starting point for leading any change in the system around us (moving).
I found in the research that the eight interconnected skills of Still Moving leadership explain over half of the reason as to why big complex change can be led well. The four Still skills are inner capacities, qualities of being; the four Moving skills are external practices, qualities of doing. My research showed convincingly that the inner capacities antecede the external practices. Being precedes doing. Change leaders need to first tune into and regulate their inner experience before they can begin to work on the source of their system’s routines.
If leaders stay stuck in habitual response, so will their organisations.
Easy to say, harder to do! Still Moving, my latest book, will show you how.
What others say:
‘Deborah Rowland has written a truly groundbreaking book. Based on sound research, she shows for the first time that success in leading large-scale change depends not only on what a leader does but, crucially, on how they are – on their inner states and capacities.’
Michael Chaskalson, Professor of Practice, Ashridge Business School, author of Mindfulness at Work and Mindfulness in 8 Weeks
'A book for our times. At last. Thank you Deborah for penning a pioneering and powerful guide to leadership and organizational change in these accelerated times. The book invites us to go deeper when a million distractions vie for our attention and keep us 'busy'. It outlines with rigour and diligence how to build the capacity to tolerate the discomfort of change with more awareness, ease and energy . It is not for the faint hearted , the book challenges us to go on a journey with the engaging case studies and elegant explanations of what it is to be a leader today. Asking us to become profoundly aware of the inner fine tuning required to be present to systemic changes within teams, the organization and the wider global context. Especially when leading teams and organisations into the unknown there is an extreme need for safety and trust ....she invites us to look at what leadership qualities and states enable us and which disable us when navigating uncertainty . Not only is the leader's inner state key but understanding the dynamics and energies that are the complex tectonic layers of the system. Respectful and robust leadership of self and others takes practice and commitment, Deborah asks us to start our practice now with the first step of reading her book.'
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