Posts tagged "Leadership"

Lead Without Followers – a conversation with Dave Ursillo

Lead Without Followers, the much anticipated book by Dave Ursillo, is being released on September 26, 2011.  I took a few minutes to have a conversation with Dave last week to discuss the book, and the entire Lead Without Followers Movement.

I had a chance to meet Dave in person at the World Domination Summit in June of this year and he’s every bit as cool, calm and collected in the flesh.  We even jumped out of an airplane together, which was pretty cool indeed.

If you have ever wondered if you were meant to be a leader but weren’t sure who you would lead, this book is for you.   Read more…

Igniting Inspiration Book Review

I recently read one of the most inspiring books I have read in years: Igniting Inspiration by John Marshall Roberts, and I wanted to pass on a short review.  The book’s subtitle ‘A Persuasion Manual for Visionaries’ definitely captured my attention and is a great descriptor of what is contained inside.

If you are on a mission to bring about progressive change and push for a new vision within your organization, your community, or your government, this is an excellent resource for you.

I believe this will be particularly resonant with leaders in the sustainability movement and others that are challenging the traditional way of doing business and seek to transform our relationship with each other and the biosphere as a whole. Read more…

Channeling JFK

For many years, I’ve been greatly inspired by some of JFK’s speeches from his time as President.  Perhaps the most inspirational of them is the speech he gave at Rice University regarding the space program and his challenge for the USA to go to the moon in the 60s.  As a side note, I find it somewhat disturbing that a video of this historical significance has less than 200k views, yet random videos of people falling off of treadmills get millions of views.  But I digress.

JFK at Rice UniversityThis speech is particularly powerful to me because of the challenge that JFK put forth to our nation.  It was a challenge of almost unimaginable proportions and one that he had no concrete plan for how to solve.  I thought about his message this past weekend at Creating Irresistible Presence when we were talking about stepping outside our comfort zones and pushing all the chips to the center of the table.  The parallels are clear to me. Sometimes we have to push ourselves beyond what we know intellectually and into what we know in our core.  When we know something at the gut level, when that burning passion is there, we must go and do what we are called to do.

Perhaps the most quoted portion is at 8:48:

We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard. Because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills.  Because that challenge is one that we’re willing to accept – one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others too.

This famous message holds lessons for us all.  On a personal level, we each have our own challenges that we must overcome – some of which seem insurmountable right now.  But we can overcome, and we can achieve greatness when we believe in our dreams.

If you have never watched this speech, I highly recommend it.  It’s just under 18 minutes long, but is a true testament to the power of inspirational leadership.

What does this bring up for you?  Feel free to share your thoughts or reactions in the comments.

photo courtesy of nasaimages.org

The Journey – part 2 (Vista Caballo)

Continuing from my earlier post, I wanted to describe the experience I had at Vista Caballo the weekend of June 25-28.  This was the inaugural ‘Horsewhisperer Experience’ at Vista Caballo, and was a different kind of immersion from the ongoing work that they are known for.  Disclaimer: Vista Caballo is a client of mine, but I did pay to be a part of this weekend.

Jess and Lisa at Vista CaballoThe weekend was a sort of bonding experience between 6 participants (of which I was 1), and the 4 incredible horses that are really the teachers.  We were fortunate to have renowned horse specialist, Bruce Logan as one of our guides, along with Lisa and Jess from Vista Caballo.  There were other, more personal and spiritual elements to the weekend that I won’t get into here, but if anyone is interested in hearing more about it, I would be happy to have a one-on-one conversation about it.

Primarily, my point of this entry is to convey what a huge impact the experience had on me.  I was with a group of 6 men that are all leaders in their own fields, and the things we learned during the course of the weekend are applicable to our personal lives and professional lives as leaders.  We learned how our presence and our energy had an impact on how the horses responded to us, which was of course a strong metaphor for how we have an impact in our daily lives with our interactions with others.  By approaching the horses with confidence and intention, we were able to alter how they behaved around us.  I personally learned quite a bit about boundaries, and realized quickly that I had none around the horses.  Simple changes in how I handled my personal space had profound effects on how the horses treated me.  It was incredible to be a part of this experience and see firsthand how these things work.

Brandon and Mikey at Vista CaballoOne of the horses, Mikey, has a troubled past and was going to be put down by the previous owners.  Fortunately, Lisa Dee found him and adopted him before that happened.  He was the least balanced of all the horses we interacted with, but he was an excellent teacher at the same time.  We were able to interact with Mikey apart from the rest of the herd, and what happened during that experience was nothing short of mind-blowing!  This horse did not want anything to do with any of us at first, and was very difficult to approach.  By the end of the afternoon, each of us were able to ‘catch’ him and even put the halter on him, which we never would have imagined at the start of the session.  I felt very connected to Mikey and had a hard time leaving him.  I appreciated the opportunity to help him feel positive energy from humans, and heal some of the emotional wounds from his past.

Below is an entry that I wrote in my journal the night that we worked with Mikey:

Today’s experience with Mikey was one that I will never forget and will always cherish.  I learned what the human heart was capable of – from a horse.  We were able to collectively heal the heart of a horse that has a traumatic past, and despite all the odds being stacked against us, we balanced the energy and together we brought peace to his world, and in effect, ours.  Speaking with Tom Blue Wolf earlier was similarly profound.  His words rang true for me and his message of hope was inspiring, but also urgent.  “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”  These are his words, as they are mine. The message and metaphor are clear to me – if we can bring balance and peace to a troubled horse, can we also bring balance and peace to our mother, Earth?  I believe this is the lesson we are here to learn.  All of us here on this journey truly are the ones we’ve been waiting for!  We must take our role as leaders seriously, and just as a dominant horse assumes leadership, so must we.  It is our destiny and our burden to bear.  Our time is now.  We must carry this message forward.

Mikey at Vista Caballo
This weekend had a profound impact on me, and I could not be more thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this inaugural experience.  I’m excited to take the lessons that I learned and apply them to my life and my own journey.  If you are interested in learning more about my experience, feel free to reach out or post something in the comments.  Thanks for being here and letting me share my journey with you!

Next entry, the Colorado Trail