beyond the mountains, there are mountains

leadership for change

As this Haitian saying suggests, there will always be new problems to solve, and unexpected internal or external challenges to overcome.

Especially for those on the sustainability frontlines, says this thoughtful piece on "Leadership in Times of Change" (via Alliance for Sustainability).

Sustainability leaders are challenged to confront entrenched attitudes and powerful economic forces, and they need to be simultaneously strong and compassionate.

Here are some of the competencies and skills required to steer our communities through the waters of transition and change:

We don't want to burnout, individually or collectively, or lose perspective of the long view of change.

When our communities experiences crises, the typical western response is often blame, judgment and anger.

Some of this tension can be diffused when we agree to stop, slow down, breathe, and reflect.

As this piece points out:

"In times of strain and crisis, contemplative practice must also become second nature, and ingrained in our culture. This enables us to be effective, and move effortlessly between periods of intense activity, disengagement and crisis."

So, let's stop, slow down, and take care of ourselves, because our effectiveness as change agents depends on it.

Published by Ken on January 12th, 2007 tagged Community Initiatives, Systems Thinking

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