I believe organisations have started to become much more natural, organic and are less pyramid shaped hierarchical. These combined networks, teams and communities I refer to as a Red Basket like the fungi you find in nature. The power of information availability, democratisation and a developing mindfulness are changing where power resides and our leadership approaches. In NTCs multi-directional information flows are accelerated and supported by social media and globalisation in the digital age.
In organisations today everyone has a leadership role influencing and encouraging each other to collaborate on a shared purpose. Some of the current ways we organise in society are networks, teams and communities (NTCs) where leaders must be more facilitators and coaches to achieve a shared purpose. Leaders roles continue to be largely about leading change, influencing and communicating.
There is a blurring as to what organisation looks like in the profit and non-profit sectors as they embrace collaboration, volunteerism and engagement. The profit making firm has become more a team and community organisation where people have an affiliation or belonging. The glue of the firm is the culture with congruent values and attitudes like many not for profit teams and community groups.
Our interdependence in a desire for a healthy planet seems to be better understood globally as we work for sustainability in our organisations and leadership practices. Working with nature for a mutual benefit can be seen in examples like the dolphins and fisherman of Brazil helping to herd fish together and then sharing a bountiful catch. Also, working to protect the natural values of the Great Barrier Reef can similarly be seen as a way to maintain jobs in tourism and keep a healthy planet at the same time.
The power of the social media and press campaign in Germany and Australia by GET UP is a good example of the global leadership role being taken on by many people in the environmental movement. This action helped to stop funding by a large German Bank of a coal port development in Queensland. A significant media campaign aimed at the Annual General Meeting of the Deutsche Bank resulted in the developer Indian company Adani being unsuccessful for a development loan. Banks are the powerful players on the global stage with leadership decisions around corporate social responsibility being significant.
The mindful leadership role being taught by Professor Bill George at Harvard Business School should be commended as innovative. Students are asked how they could make a positive difference for their colleagues, their organisations, their families and society as a whole as their measures of success as leaders.
I predict more sustainable networks, teams and communities (NTCs) will be powerful organisational arrangements for leaders working for the common good, as status differences and hierarchical power lose favour to forms reflected in nature i.e. The Red Basket
Team Spirit 2015 – Workshop (1 day) Building your teams focus and passion around customers and community resulting in:
EEI = Energy, Engagement and Innovation.
Challenging and fun exercises include:
values and culture
appreciating differing gifts and strengths
What will lead to sustainability?
Learn the Seven “Cs” of High Performing Organisations
Win the Peoples Choice Award !!!
I have recently returned from several weeks of walking some of Tasmania’s great walks and visiting other wonderful attractions. I am not surprised that Tasmania has just cleaned up in the national tourism awards with 10 awards. We followed a 60 Great Short Walks guide which included major tourist attractions like Wineglass Bay. See the link below: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-10/tasmania-cleans-up-at-tourism-awards/6385262 The Tasmanian Government estimates tourism in Tasmania contributes around $2.4 billion to the state’s economy each year.
While Queensland has significant investment and employment in tourism only 5 awards went Queensland’s way with green attractions Woodford Folk Festival and Bundaberg Turtles amongst them. I think the Sunshine Coast and Queensland could match it with the best of them if we were serious about conserving and promoting our natural environment. We have many wonderful walks like Mount Coolum, Conondale Ranges, Cooloola Wilderness and Hinchinbrook Island to name a few. Wildlife like nesting turtles are not restricted to Mon Repos and further north and we still have wallabies, koalas and amazing native birds in the South East.
It is my view that health, wellbeing and eco-tourism are the green advantage as we need to be pursuing a vibrant, green and sustainable future retaining our green edge on much of the Sunshine Coast.
Walking companion Chris and I really enjoyed the 3 day Walls of Jerusalem National Park walk in Tasmania as depicted in the picture following.
5D Holistic Coaching is a collaborative coaching process that helps you navigate through the different stages of life where you are:
- In the moment and with the natural breath
- Creative and gifted
- A holistic being part of the whole universe
- Connected with your partner, family and community
- Exploring and are curious of what the others desire
- Trusting and intuitive
- Providing positive reinforcement
- Using deep and active listening
- Looking for meaning and wellbeing
5 D PROCESS STAGES
Desires ? – What do I desire? Provide Deep Listening and Appreciative Inquiry
Discovery ? – Where am I currently? – 8 Environments (Wheel of Life)
- Career – Work paid unpaid, voluntary, etc
- Community – Family/ Friends/Associations
- Cash – Finances
- Collaborator – Partner
- Challenge – Personal Growth
- Cheer – Fun, Sport, Recreation and Leisure
- Climate – Physical Environment
- Health and Wellbeing
TOOLS – preferences using Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) or AusIdentities, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Indicators, Health and Wellbeing Indicators
Dream ?– Visioning
Designing the future ?– How do I get there? Develop Action Plans
When we see somebody with a poor posture and a sad expression we come to realise that they are either having a bad day or maybe that is their habitual negative posture. Observing a person’s poor posture, short fast breathing and a closed chest often indicates a level of emotional pain, anxiety and stress. In our modern world this is now quite prevalent as we lose our connection to natural rhythms and our communities.
Ancient Chinese sages in the past believed that when the posture is correct and there is relaxed muscular tension then there is an increase in lung capacity. In contrast to the poor posture happy, healthy and positive people when standing look more like a mountain. The mountain is seen to have a strong, solid base connected to the earth though its peak is in the clouds reaching up.
In Yoga Chi Gung (YCG) mountain pose is a foundation posture performed with natural breathing and aligns the body with:
1. feet hip width apart and parallel or slightly turned out;
2. knees soft and off lock;
3. tail bone lengthening downward reducing the lumbar curve;
4. shoulders relaxed, releasing outwards and downwards;
5. hands open extending through the middle fingers; and
6. head floating on the neck and the face soft.
In YCG we position our body in a natural posture like mountain pose and breathing to enhance a positive feeling affirming the body mind connections.
A holistic coaching plan and YCG instruction will allow you to get a better match between the body, mind and spirit. It all needs to work together and focussing on the body posture and breathing will translate into a higher state of wellbeing.
Tony at SPIRIT.3H is an experienced coach and yoga teacher who has a passion for helping people achieve their goals. A holistic coaching program and YCG practice for you around career, lifestyle, nutrition, meditation and exercise will help you. By defining your life purpose, connecting to nature and community you will be on track for meaning and wellbeing in your life.
Contact Tony to arrange a personal coaching session on MS 0419791860, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.spirit3h.com.au for more information. Also, you may like to join a regular YCG class at the North Shore Community Centre at Mudjimba.
Many of us know somebody who seems to have it all together balancing their life having a calmness or serene feeling about them as they flow from one task and role to another. These happy positive people can be found at all stages of their lives within different communities.
We all have different life styles and we may try to change and achieve a work-life balance, however, efforts in this area often come unstuck. Work and leisure do not start and stop neatly with modern daily life pressures. We can fail to be in the moment giving attention to our love ones, friends and colleagues. Careers, family and community responsibilities mean change and adjustments in relationships are a constant challenge for us.
The great thing is we all have gifts and these help our choices. By getting some feedback and establishing a coaching plan around your preferences, life stage and life style you can move into that serene or sweet spot. A holistic coaching approach can help you navigate through the different stages of life focussing on meaning and wellbeing.
With Yoga Chi Gung an oriental yoga practice you can be supported in achieving a state of wellbeing. By connecting to your individual energy and breath with postures, flows and meditation you can be on a developmental path for a healthy, body, mind and spirit.
Tony at SPIRIT.3H is an experienced coach and yoga teacher who has a passion for helping people achieve their goals. A holistic coaching program for you around career, lifestyle, nutrition, meditation and exercise will help you. By believing that nothing is impossible and realising every journey starts with a single step you will meet the challenges in life.
Contact Tony to arrange a coaching session (teleconference, online or in person) phone MS 0419791860, email email@example.com or visit the website www.spirit3h.com.au for more information. Also, you may like to join a regular Yoga Chi Gung class recommencing on the week of 12 January, 2015 at the North Shore Community Centre at Mudjimba on the Sunshine Coast.
In my experience high performing organisations have leaders that care and I have been attracted to caring leaders and organisations in my working life. This does not mean caring leaders are restricted to services like health care and includes legal, building regulatory services, environmental protection, employee relations and training, insurance and financial services and many others sectors. The people in these caring organisations put themselves into the customer or other persons shoes pursuing excellent service.
George Kohlrieser in CARE TO DARE (2012) discusses a “secure base leadership” approach where there is a need to “challenge yourself and others to see and achieve what is beyond normal expectations”. Kohlrieser discusses that all humans have a desire to seek closeness and a person that gives them a sense of protection and caring. In these caring organisations like Richard Branson’s VIRGIN extended family values are demonstrated with a focus on safety and relationships while balancing the opportunity for exploration and risk taking. Secure base leaders connect the caring and daring to produce energy, inspiration and achievement.
- Do not inspire others?
- Lack the awareness they are having on other people?
- Neglect relationships in the relentless pursuit of goals?
- Do not manage themselves and their emotions?
You may be interested in leadership and change coaching and workshops that work through values, leadership behaviours, performance management and relationship management to develop a caring culture with security, learning and stretch (2SL).
Contact Tony at SPIRIT.3H for more information or visit www.spirit3h.com.au
5 energetic starters enjoyed wonderful weather for a walk in the rainforest of the Mapleton sections of the Great Walk on Easter Saturday. Recent rains had encouraged the growth of many varieties and different coloured fungi. The track was relatively quiet even with the Easter holiday weekend. Sunshine, views and happy conversations along the journey made the time pass quickly. A very enjoyable experience in harmony with the natural environment was had by all.
We all enjoyed connecting to nature and the walking community with a 103 K walk from Apollo Bay to the Gibson Steps and the 12 Apostles on Victoria’s Southern coastline. It was a magical walk in the tall forests, along rocky headlands and coastal heath in a small group of 5 adventurers. There were lots of ups and downs with beautiful vistas. The timing was perfect with warm and sunny weather most of the time.
The significant increase in the flows of information such as emails, texts and social media means that individuals are looking for coping strategies to achieve peace of mind and clearer thought processes. More and more people seem to be suffering from health issues like burnout and needing time out with excessively busy or chaotic lives.
The practice of Yoga Chi Gung (YCG) offers hope being meditative by design connecting the body and the mind. By exercising while being centred and with the breath you will experience feelings of clarity, vitality and will be better prepared to deal with information.
The earlier in your life stage you take on the practice of regular meditation the better for your wellbeing through your life course. With regular meditation the mind becomes calm and silent yet alert and more change ready. As you become more practised in meditation you will be able to achieve this on your own. The YCG teacher will provide guided meditation and techniques in the class aiding a deeper feeling of peace and calm.
In the digital age we have some digital solutions and you might like to visit one of the new online meditation tools like whil.com sixty (60) second tool for mediation or visit www.spirit3h.com.au/yoga-chi-gung/ for tools and information on regular classes.
Contact Tony on MS 0419791860, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the web site http://spirit3h.com.au/yoga-chi-gung/ for more information.