Leadership in 2012 seems to have left aside the perfectly tailored suits, established structures and heroes to give way to a leader that drives change, who pays attention to what is going on around them as well as what is going on within themselves and others, and focuses on bringing out the best in each individual.
Such is the way leadership was reflected in the world, WOBI events, and the content we produced and selected each day in 2012, bringing you the best ideas in business.
Preview: an article partly excerpted by Francisca Pouiller from the next edition of WOBI magazine, V. 17, December 2012-January 2013. Interested in subscribing to the magazine? Become a WOBI Member.
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Inhale, exhale. Inhale, exhale. Inhale, exhale.
Do you feel calmer? More conscious of your emotions, more in the moment, more relaxed? Can you focus on what you really want without worries intervening? Meditation isn’t easy, but it also isn’t mission impossible. It is about willingness and consistent, and to find the most accurate method for each individual. In times of uncertainty and stress, meditating can be an indispensable practice. In the following discover how to meditate from WOBI speakers who are also practitioners of the Eastern custom.
Bailouts, energy crises, civil wars, global warming, the climate crisis, the Euro crisis: when you take a step back and look at the big picture of what is going on in the world it can sometimes seem pretty grim. Will Greece leave the Eurozone? Will Spain’s bailout work, or will they follow? What will be the consequences for the rest of the world? How will the Arab Spring effect geopolitics in the Middle East, as well as the world’s access to oil?
As I sit at my desk pondering these questions, it’s easy to feel that there is nothing, not an absolute thing I could do to help change the seemingly bleak outlook of any these scenarios. There is evidence that this “fatalism” is becoming an epidemic, that to a greater or lesser extent it is slowly infiltrating the minds of the majority of us.
So what is the impact of this creeping fatalism? We become complacent. We complain but we see no point of action. We don’t see the possibility of change, and we certainly don’t expect ourselves to be the drivers of that change…that would be impossible!
The past couple of years have seen a tremendous amount of change, transformation, strife, and geo-political revolution, as well as a hard-hitting, global economic recession. Could it be that at the heart of these struggles lies a serious crisis in leadership? Today in Los Cabos, Mexico the Group of 20 (G-20) summit meeting is being held, marking the seventh meeting of the G-20 heads of government. Will this meeting help mark the path to a new perspective of global leadership? Read on for more on the global leadership situation, as well as insights on the subject from last month’s World Leadership Forum speakerPeter Senge.
The first to take the stage on the second day of the World Leadership Forum Mexico, Peter Senge begins by asking the tech team to turn up the lights a little, that the room appeared dark. Little did the audience know this would be a metaphor for his entire speech: an inspirational challenge for leaders to reflect on their reality, their limited perspectives, and to dedicate time to stop and think. From this simple activity will be born better leaders, better teams, better organizations, and better systems… a better world.
Read on to learn his three characteristics of systematic leadership, as well as the three most important numbers leaders should have in mind in every decision they make…all from this morning’s speech at the World Leadership Forum Mexico!