When you’re Confused, Stuck, or Overwhelmed — Do This

  Ever had that feeling you just don’t know what to do, that you are pulled in a million different directions, and you are seriously confused, overwhelmed, and just plain stuck? We know what that’s like and we have something simple to share with you. Simple, but surprisingly effective — possibly even profound. It’s so…

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Leadership or Dominance? Wise lessons from Nature

I’m sweaty and hot, gravel is painfully digging into my foot inside my sneaker, and the horse on the other end of my 12 foot rope is eyeing me with deep skepticism. “She doesn’t know what you want; you need to be clearer in your phases!” calls my teacher as I vainly try to get…

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Frederic LaLoux’s Reinventing Organizations – Book Review

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer How do we create changes in behavior across a distributed organization with many people and many moving parts?  There are as many organizational development consultants as there are people asking this question—and then there is LaLoux’s recent book “Reinventing Organizations”…

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How to Find Wisdom in Failure

  If you’re an aspiring leader (at any age — we’re 47 and 48 as of this writing), you’re going to do stupid stuff from time to time. You’ll make mistakes and you’ll go down seemingly deadend paths for years on end. Really. Don’t sweat it. That path is going somewhere great. Truly fantastic, never-ending…

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Beyond Technique — CREATIVITY Will Save the World

I went to at least three different universities and conservatories in different places around the world to study music, and have had continuous music teachers in both violin and classical singing since I was about eight (roughly 40 years ago). At all those music schools, the main focus was on learning the craft and technique…

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How to Create the Social Sculpture

Deep in the fabric of every real social problem is an invisible root cause that no leader can control and for which there is no solution: the human being. Most leaders and change methodologies focus on “systems” — food systems, energy systems, financial systems. They want to change the way the system works so that…

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Choose Your Inspiration Wisely

  Every creative person has to make decisions about their source. When we were young artists, we had to choose our sources. Many artists we loved — but whose sources weren’t our sources. For example, Jeff loved Basquiat and Bacon, but didn’t want to instill his life and work with Bacon’s horror or Basquiat’s frantic…

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Training Leaders on Chicago’s South Side

In 2016, we helped Roller Strategies (now Ten in Ten) train a team of leaders working inside the “Grove 3547” project.  Grove 3547 was a “social lab,” a collaborative effort designed to enroll, train, and support young leaders and entrepreneurs in the Bronzeville area of Chicago, located approximately between 35th and 47th Avenues on the…

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Hosting Thousands of Change Leaders

One of our very first adventures in this work was at Castle Borl in Slovenia. An ancient castle overlooking the Drava River, Borl is a “grail castle;” a thousand years ago, the Holy Grail was revered within its walls.  Older still are towers within the towers — some of them originate as far back as 2,000…

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