I can no longer
meet folks in the
foothills of leadership
Journey with me instead ...
I can no longer meet folks in the foothills of leadership
Journey with me instead to the floor of the high valley
There we will discover clear sun lit air.
This may be the most exhilarating venture so far
One that goes through foggy uncharted territory
We will go with good strength and at a steady pace
Stilling, tenderness and spaciousness will companion us
Approaching hard edges with softness.
And we will come into the dark
Into the layers and roots of the ground of our forming
We will confront our own mythology
We will discover our souls yearning
And within find courage for the venture on.
There will be losses along the way and much to gain,
previously unknown or never thought possible.
We may not know where we are or where we have been
until emerging on the floor of that high valley,
some distance from where we started
and very close by.
The tall snow-capped mountains
more recognisable and friendly now
There is magic in this place
and it may feel like magic got us here.
Then be prepared to move beyond it – that’s what the work up to the high valley is about. And as with any worthwhile venture there is no shortcut to ‘doing the work’, yet with intentionality and discipline a joyful dedication emerges, and at times the alchemy of devotion.
Our way will be sustained by:
- intentionality and practice
- honest self-assessment and authentic dialogue
- journeying over time and with good cadence
- exploring systemically
- and if in teams or organisations, being ‘public’ about the route
If you want to explore and grow in this way, a way that is an expression of purpose and becoming, then my offer is to be a witnessing companion on your journey. I will encourage you to discern your own purpose and the intention of your life and work, to explore the deeper possibility behind events and circumstances, to see our world as one of possibility and interconnectedness. We will often be working with what I call the beauty of the end grain – the overlooked or unseen, the unknown, even the unspeakable or the untouchable.