Forward-Leaning Leadership

Forward-Leaning Leadership in Transformational Times with Giles Hutchins

The time has come. The world of leadership and organizational development is transforming before our eyes. Leaders either learn to cross the threshold and thrive in these transformational times or they struggle, stress and strain with out-dated approaches, methods and mind-sets. Crossing the threshold while keeping the wheels on the road is THE challenge of our time for what Giles Hutchins refers to as “Future-Fit Leaders.”

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On today’s episode:

:15 – What “All Things Connected” means to Giles

5:45 – Rethinking the old ways

10:55 – The wounds of seperation

16:00 – Why is nature important to us?

20:45 – Opening corporate leaders to nature

30:30 – Leadership for small and large businesses

37:55 – The ego-soul dynamic

45:20 – Midwifing the new

52:55 – Trust in life

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Giles Hutchins is a pioneering practitioner, keynote speaker, adviser and executive coach at the fore-front of a [r]evolution in leadership consciousness and organizational development. He applies consciousness raising modalities, deep-dive nature immersions, embodiment work, ancient wisdom tradition insights, future-fit organizational development approaches, and cutting-edge research on leadership consciousness. In these transformational times, Giles Hutchins stimulates the head-space and heart-knowing for forward-leaning leaders and organizations to become vibrant, purposeful and future-fit.  He is the author of several books including The Nature of Business (2012), The Illusion of Separation (2014), Future Fit (2016) and Regenerative Leadership (2019). Previously Giles was Business Transformation Lead with KPMG Consulting and more recently Global Head of Sustainability Solutions for Atos the IT service multinational, he is co-founding partner of Regenerators and Biomimicry for Creative Innovation, Chair of the Future Fit Leadership Academy, and advisor to a number of forward thinking institutions. His latest TEDx talk at Wycliffe College, UK is entitled [R]evolution: Separateness to Connectedness and you can follow his blog at www.thenatureofbusiness.org.

Creating Luminous Spaces

Creating Luminous Spaces with Maureen Calamia

Nature heals. It has a restorative power. Being in nature can create a calm homeostasis and reestablish balance in our body, mind, and spirit. Spending time in nature can lower our heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress, enhance focus, and boost our immune system. Nature can activate higher consciousness and induce enlightenment and oneness experiences. So why do we live in houses, work in buildings, and spend so much time with technology all day long? Maureen Calamia says we can create luminous space by tapping into the wisdom of the Five Elements and restore our bond with nature, both in our inner nature and our outer world, which is vital for greater joy and peace in our lives.

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Maureen K. Calamia is a thought leader and progressive illuminator in transforming homes and clients lives through the inspiration of nature, biophilic design, and feng shui. She is author of Creating Luminous Spaces which empowers others to discover and nourish their True Nature in their inner and outer spaces. A yogi for twenty years, she has appeared on News12, and has written for Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, MindBodyGreen, and Thrive Global.com.

Visit Maureen at luminous-spaces.com.

I am Enough and I am Whole

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When I think of the fall, I think of harvest – reaping the yield of produce that was tended to all summer in crops and gardens. It’s a time of ripened abundance where we literally enjoy the fruits of our labor – a time when we experience growth, productivity, and completion. Bushel baskets overflow as vibrant colors begin to fade and turn. Days grow shorter and sunlight wanes minute-by-minute. Sadly, the landscape transitions to brown and barren in its pallid journey toward colder temperatures. The sense of closure begins to overwhelm many. Our productive and vibrant season appears to die and come to an end. Sometimes it feels more like loss when the lifeless signs of a winter pause replace the active flurry to gather-in.

In a contemplative space of harvest, I consider my personal growing seasons – times of planting, cultivating, harvesting, and rest. Why is it that when I’m not producing, I feel incomplete? Why is it that more satisfaction comes from the plethora of active growth and vibrant energy? Why do I discount the time of rest and judge myself so harshly?

Winter is the slowest growing season in an apple orchard, but it’s also one of the most important. Cold winters are very important for apple trees. The trees need rest to produce flowers and fruit each year. It takes about 900 to 1,000 hours below 45 degrees to prepare the trees for the next season. While the trees are resting, they are pruned. Extra wood is cut out so plenty of light can reach the leaves and fruit. This helps keep the tree healthy and prepare it for an abundant harvest of nutritious, tasty apples with good color.

Maybe I am like an apple tree, complete and whole in all of my forms and all of my creative seasons. There is purpose and intention to the cycles of my life. Sometimes I’m quiet and germinating. At other times, I’m in full production. When I embrace the intention of rest and go within, I can grow into my highest potential. Actually, I can become so much more than I can even imagine.

In the spring, when temperatures begin to warm, buds appear on the branches of an apple tree and leaves begin to emerge. Beautiful, fragrant apple blossoms bloom into their full grandeur and the tree is a spectacular sight. The sweet spring version of an apple tree is whole and complete in and of itself. Festivals bring people together to celebrate the trees in full bloom. Florists use apple blossoms in creative designs and the branches have inspired many artists. Apple blossoms are a Chinese symbol for beauty and immortality. The apple blossom encourages action, motion, courage and passion. If I were an apple blossom, I would arguably be complete and whole and enough.

The beautiful, fragrant blossoms are only one function and stage of the apple tree. When pollinated by insects, the next miracle of life begins and an apple grows in place of the fading blossom.  As the blossoms die and fall away, the tree is filled with apples and the growing season starts over. Plush green leaves warm the landscape as apples grow and turn a variety of hues. Soon the leaves turn into magnificent fall colors and the apples ripen. Once again, it’s time for harvest. Apples can be used to eat, cook with, make beverages, and so much more. The apple, as a fruit, is complete and whole and the fruit produces seeds, which are complete and whole.

With all of this abundant life, we mustn’t dismiss the simple elegance and genius of Nature’s plan. Winter is necessary. Rest is essential. Pause is imperative. And, the bare winter tree is complete and whole in itself.

William Arthur Ward said, “Faith sees a beautiful blossom in a bulb, a lovely garden in a seed, and a giant oak in an acorn.” It is time we see ourselves with this same faith and magnificent potential.  This year, as I fall forward into the quiet space of rest, renewal and regeneration, I will honor this season with gratitude and reverence. When I’m not “producing,” I will experience myself in all of my wholeness. I will cherish the time of rest and remember my precious birthright to blossom, grow, and flourish. I will not only harvest and celebrate the fruits of my labor, but also mindfully gather the seeds of potentiality and hold sacred my ability to plant them.

Life is perfect. The cycles and seasons are purposeful. As an expression of this Divine Creation, I will allow my true essence to emerge in all of its glorious and splendid forms. I am enough and I am whole.

A World of Love, Julie

www.JulieKrull.com