“If anyone can refute me — show me I’m making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective — I’ll gladly change. It’s the truth I’m after, and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 6:21 (translated by Gregory Hays, The Modern Library, New York)
On my ‘philosophy of ’ing’
I have been asked about my work many times over the years. And while some questions are easy to answer, others can be surprisingly hard. Especially because I have never felt comfortable with doing either this or that. Why can’t I do both? Or better still: many different things at the same time? Besides, the ‘in-between’ bits are often even more interesting.
My work with senior executives and leadership teams is an emergent blend of:
- Knowing — Not-knowing
- Doing — Not-doing
- … Becoming
Or, in the words of Richard Buckminster Fuller, it is “a process of emergence by emergency.”
Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
to be understood.
How grass can be nourishing in the
mouths of the lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever
in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds will
never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the
scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.
Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who say
“Look!” and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.