Support the authenticity of your experiences: If it happened, it matters. People don’t resist change; they resist loss. Loss of familiar routines, loss of rewards and recognitions, loss of relationships and loss of professional and personal identity to name a few. We must give resistance its due and not immediately work to conquer it.
Help you clarify and reveal: It is likely that your next best move is already inside you; we need to allow it to emerge. My best offer is to help you. It is really the only move I have. I do that by asking you questions and
Deepen your self-understanding and broaden your moves: The world is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. For a leader to be effective, his or her thinking capacity must be equal or superior to the complexity of the work. If it is not, complexity (wicked and social problems) overwhelms one’s capacity to cope. This is why leading is hard and not for all. My job is to help you determine your developmental readiness and co-design a development practice that will build your leadership capacity.
Balance the work of helping with art and philosophy: The rush of efficiency squeezes the juice from our lives. That deforms and reduces our full human capacity. Part of my responsibility is to introduce or reacquaint you with the power of art and philosophy. Winston Churchill believed his painting and writing kept him centered and whole while leading a country and a world through hard times.
Keep it simple: We will focus on a few attributes for development and action. We want to use developmental feedback loops and those loops include thinking, action, results and feedback. All this work gets real at the point of specific actions.