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10 02, 2016

Agree/Disagree Versus Alignment

By | February 10th, 2016|Listening, Minding the Gap, Possibility|0 Comments

For the last 10 years with BoldLeaders I have been able to chew on, think through, play with and take apart some concepts and conversations that I find really valuable, and the best part has been that I have done this in tandem with thousands of people from around the world, diverse in every way you can name. One such concept has been the difference between Agreeing and Aligning. Think through this with me: it is easy (and we spend a lot of time doing it because it IS easy) to Agree or Disagree with something. We simply do it and our position is NOT dependent or tied to another person’s. It is happening all over the world today – silos getting built, either-or’s staked to the [...]

10 11, 2015

Keeping Things at Arm’s Length

By | November 10th, 2015|Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable, Participation|0 Comments

It is easier, safer and more comfortable to keep things “at arm’s length”. Whether these ‘things’ are relationships, ideas, stories, communities, etc. – it takes effort, time and some measure of thought to engage, involve yourself and participate. What’s more is that participation is not static – it exists on a continuum: on one end I can exhibit mild interest and be considered participatory, while on the other end there is and can be such a high level of engagement that I am actually co-creating something with others. What has people participate and invest at such a level? What would be the impetus that overcomes the desire for ease and safety? At BoldLeaders we have explored this question for the last 15 years: What has people participate [...]

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