Today’s decision makers are exposed to unrelenting pressures, are expected to cope with unanticipated dilemmas and situations unknown. In addition, they must not only meet the needs of the organisation, employees, teammates, customers and investors, but also partners, families, and finally, themselves. These heavy expectations engender anxiety, worry and stress, resulting in health problems and personal and professional inefficiencies.
Because we have learned in these situations to think rationally and decide abruptly, managers are often pushed to the limits of the impossible. The question, then, concerns how to cultivate, as a leader, an organisational environment exposed to global influences.
Bonding & Belonging Leadership is a tailor-made leadership workshop to address these and other related topics, designed to prepare leaders and decision makers for the 21st century.
Mindful Leadership - The Inner Attitude
Duration: 12 days
Rate: CHF 2400
Today’s biggest challenge, with the world changing so rapidly, is no longer the management of change, but the management of ‘surprise’. This means that to survive and grow, organisations must learn to adapt faster and faster to avoid bring weeded out in the economic evolution.
The Need for Bonding & Belonging
Duration: 1 day
Rate: CHF 550
Our sense of identity is founded on social interactions that show how we belong to particular communities through shared beliefs, values and qualities. Hence we need to ask: have we lost our sense of belonging, or are we simply finding ways of defining who we are?
The Deeper Understanding of Dependency
Duration: 1 day
Rate: CHF 550
If we depend on another for our inner security and for our inner well-being, our dependence is inexorably challenged, how we want to solve them with materialistic attachment. Hence we must go into the challenge of dependence itself.
Dealing with the Unknown and the Unexpected
Duration: 1 day
Rate: CHF 550
The best way to move forward is to dissociate ourselves from such ties, responsibilities, obligations and dependencies, which in fact skew and jumble our entire inner balance. We must refuse self-centredness, refuse self-acknowledgment and refuse self-recognition for our individual achievements.
The Eight Qualities
> 1. Contributing 'anotherness'
Being different involves taking time to really think about the material that you have to be different and original and have ‘anotherness’. But how can we find solutions for the problems that we want to address in the future? By having a different perspective that inspires people. By applying knowledge from one area to another or synthesising ideas from different disciplines.
> 2. Be Emphatic
Empathy is not just a way to extend the boundaries of your moral universe. It is a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives. By stepping outside ourselves, we diversify the lives of other people, other civilisations, other cultures and traditions. This is empathy – it is not only something which makes us good, but makes us into more creative thinkers, improves relationships and intensifies human bonds. Empathy is cultivating curiosity about the unknown, challenging assumptions and discovering common ground, listening hard and becoming open, putting ourselves in the shoes of other people, bonding with people of different backgrounds and various hierarchies.
> 3. Practice with a Beginner's Mind
Avoid striving for a huge ambitions by piling up endless expectations and comparing yourself to others. Instead, see things as if you are seeing them for the first time. Let go of assumptions and overrated knowledge and experiences which only limit your creative process. This allows for creating new ideas, attitudes and desires at every moment. We must allow ourselves to see things for the first time through the virtues of a beginner’s mind, allowing us to accept infinite possibilities and opportunities as we approach each situation as a fresh experience. Perceiving through a beginner’s mind requires discipline, especially if we specialise in a particular field and have become rutted in our own ideas and opinions.
> 4. Learn Newly
Bear in mind that learning is never accumulated, nor is it an experience. Instead, learning is a continuous process of addition and not a process, whereby we gather and act accordingly. To learn something new we must feel safe, secure, at ease and inspired. New learning is only possible when we avoid assumption, attachment, comparison, encouragement, expectation, influence or financial rewards. Only then we can learn new things effectively, as everything is an illusion.
> 5. Be Real. Be Authentic
Acceptance is an active process that involves actively recognising that things are the way they are. Often they are not the way we want them be, but when we attempt to force change, we can generate an enormous amount of difficulty. So if we recognise the actuality, then we have the potential to apply wisdom to shift our own relationship discourse. This is profoundly healing and transformative. However, without acceptance, taking the first step to address the situation is very difficult. But it is necessary for finding the gateway to freedom. This step of acceptance embraces a very powerful attitude which can transform your life.
> 6. Letting go
By letting go we can activate the opposite of clinging and grasping. Letting go reminds us that it is possible to not focus on grasping, but rather to try to push away what it is that we don’t want. However, it is inevitable that we raise unpleasant emotions and we will also desire to push those away, yet other pleasant aspects will be raised that we want to cling onto. By trusting our instincts, our impulses, our emotions and our feelings, we learn to trust ourselves better and to let go of ideas, rituals and concepts that are no longer purposeful and meaning-driven.
> 7. Understanding how to deal with Uncertainties and the Unknown
Because we are constantly referring to thought, knowledge, intelligence and causes that no longer serve our purpose, we doubt when we deal with uncertainty and are constantly seeking outside direction. Can we be free of attachments, of rationality, of tangibility and of objectiveness? Do we have the willpower to actually end this? When we are analysing we are still focusing on thought, knowledge and cause, believing that they are giving us direction, which of course remains an illusion. Hence, we must practice our ‘inner observation’ without direction, without aggression, without dominance and without any motive or desire.
> 8. Cultivating share collective mission
We must introduce a new approach for how we carry out personal transformations, evolving a ‘togetherness’ that becomes the new self-reflection within the organisation. This means we need to better understand cooperation, not possibly through image, status, hierarchy and believes. Instead we want to visioning ideas together.