And so starts my latest book, Still Moving: How To Lead Mindful Change. It is, in part, a platform to share my personal ‘story of origin’ as an invitation to leaders to explore their life story too. Great change leaders understand how their leadership has been ‘formed’ so that - in all the turmoil of change - they can tap into the deepest source of their being and, if necessary, intentionally regulate and shift their impulses in the present moment – the only thing, we can in fact change. In my book I continue…
I am very grateful to my earliest companion, detached curiosity. It led me into the enriching and systemically insightful academic discipline of anthropology. Subsequently in business, my predisposition to detached curiosity gave me great skill and a visceral instinct for working in the field of large system change - where the combined skills of impartial detached observation and curious engaged noticing enable me to quickly and compassionately see the source of a system’s repeating routines – be that coaching an individual leader, a leadership team, an organisation or an entire eco-system.
What two or three words sum up your essence, or source? How has this led you to your life’s calling? And how do you bring that to bear in your leadership today?
What others say:
‘I’ve attended several change workshops over the years, however Deborah’s expertise in the field of change management and her facilitation style made the difference in self-examination and learning. She encouraged and motivated participants, individually and collectively, to think about the way a system can be changed from where we stand. Deborah is ‘number one’ in my book.’
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