“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein
For some reason this quote has been ringing in my ears as I look at the world we’re living in with birds dropping dead out of the sky, extreme weather patterns wreaking havoc around the globe, economic volatility unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes, and soaring fuel and food prices. More than ever before, a new kind of leadership is being called for to get us through or we’re surely not going to make it… succumbing to the ironic fate of our own species’ making.
It will be the unconventional and unofficial leaders that will need to emerge to make a difference, challenge the status quo, dare to share a new dream. Because so many of the designated leaders are blinded and bound by the system in which they operate that they can’t remove themselves sufficiently to get a realistic view of the situation.
These challenging times call for full spectrum leaders, according to Richard Barrett, world renowned for his cultural transformation tools and levels of consciousness model. Solving today’s problems requires a higher level of consciousness than that which created the problems to begin with.
So as you go about your day or week, as you make choices and decisions, try making them not from your past experiences or from your beliefs (which are often limiting in possibilities) but rather make your decisions from your personal values. What choice is most in alignment with my values and therefore my aspirations and vision for the future?
I highly recommend Richard Barrett’s latest project – more than a book; a learning system – called The New Leadership Paradigm: http://tnlp.valuescentre.com/
What do you notice is different when you make values-based decisions, rather than business-as-usual decisions?