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Transforming Leadership Consciousness for a Better World

July 18, 2019

What’s The Problem

We live amid a time of great upheaval and challenge, with adults across all parts of the world increasingly facing stress, anxiety, breakdown, mental illness, loss of purpose, complexity-overwhelm, confusion and over-work.   Today’s leaders are suffering in the same way – with recent research showing the vast majority of today’s senior leaders are struggling to cope.

Underpinning many of today’s problems is a deeper root problem that is often overlooked – a loss of connection:  connection with our true inner-nature; connection with each other; connection with life (beyond the technosphere and digital hand-held).

Mental illness across adults in the West is now at epidemic levels, with no sign of let-up. Couple this with the need for today’s adults to tackle the seismic problems humanity now faces (from climate change to the rapid degradation of all our life-support systems) we have an urgent need to transform how, as adults, we develop and grow ourselves so we cannot just cope but also courageously co-create life-affirming futures for ourselves, our families, our communities, and for the wider fabric of life on Earth upon which we depend.

Time is not on our side. If world-leading scientists’ latest findings are right, then the time to act is now, not in 10 years, but now. Our individual and collective future depends on the steps we take during 2020, 2021, 2022. These are critical times.

‘We can’t solve today’s problems with the same level of consciousness that created them’

Albert Einstein

How To Deal With The Root Problem

So often we endeavour to solve our myriad challenges in isolated ways that all-too-regularly applies the very same level of thinking to our well-intended solutions that created the problems in the first place.

‘In times of turmoil the danger lies not in the turmoil but in facing it with yesterday’s logic’

Peter Drucker

 

We now need to activate a new way of thinking that embraces today’s complexity with systemic solutions.  This is what Laura Storm and I write about in our new book Regenerative Leadership.

 

“The world is changing fast and organizations are not keeping up with the pace of transformation.  This book invites leaders to catalyze the necessary regeneration to not just catch up, but to lead the world into the 21st century.” Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary UNFCCC 2010-2016

“This book is full of wisdom and determination! A book that will inspire leaders to pave the way towards practices in harmony with our inner nature and the ecosystems we depend on.  Just what we need to succeed in the 21st Century.” Tim Flannery, scientist & author of Weather Makers, Here on Earth

“Giles and Laura bring their vast experience and deep wisdom to create an evolutionary blueprint for a sustainable future for business, people and the planet” Richard Barrett, President of the Barrett Academy for the Advancement of Human Values

Advanced adult developmental psychology research points to a new level of consciousness emerging.  We need the right conditions to cultivate this consciousness in ourselves, and then as leaders in our organizations and communities.

‘What the caterpillar sees as the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.’

Richard Bach

 

Like the metamorphosis of the caterpillar to the butterfly, something radically new is emerging in our next-stage adult developmental psychology.   Yet, just like the metamorphosis, a time of chrysalis, of deep reflection, introspection, reconfiguration and rebirth is required; otherwise the next-stage does not properly emerge through us.

I am currently writing a Foreword for a workbook that Elaine Patterson, a colleague/friend of mine in The Future Fit Leadership Academy has been co-authoring on Executive Reflection – which speaks exactly to this need to equip leaders with practical tools for cultivating a new way of leading in these volatile times – more on this in a future blog post!  Elaine Patterson has already written a beautiful book on such, Reflect to Create! found here.

This shift from constant ‘doing’ into a more infused being-doing way of leading requires a deeper quality of consciousness within us to be allowed to permeate through us more readily in our every-day conversations, relations, meetings and decisions.  This is a shift in consciousness no less, an expansion of our human capacity.

‘The greatest breakthroughs of the 21st century will not occur because of technology, they will occur because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human.’  John Naisbett, futurist

I explore this expanding concept of what it means to be human in this recent TEDx talk I gave at Wycliffe College:

It’s the age-old transformative journey of ‘crossing the threshold’.  Interesting the origins of the word ‘leadership’ find their root in the old European word ‘leith’ which means to ‘cross the threshold’ to die and be reborn.

This death/rebirth metamorphosis can seem scary even painful for the ‘ego’ to comprehend. Yesterday’s consciousness cannot fathom it – it’s too ensnared in mechanistic learning outcomes to understand the need for deep-work. Yet, without it, we will not transformation. It is an essential part of our capacity to evolve as human beings during these critical times.

What’s The Solution

Often this metamorphosis happens at times of crisis, thrust upon us by external situations, leading to personal breakdown. It does not have to be this way.  There are tried-and-tested advanced leadership practices that facilitate this process in ways that enable adults to consciously ‘cross the threshold’.  One the other-side of the threshold, we become true leaders, in service of life, seeking life-affirming futures for one and all. We become the very adults, leaders, human-beings this world now calls us to be, nothing more nothing less.

Nature-based leadership immersions are a powerful way for adults to go deep quickly in a psychologically safe way, while also taking inspiration living-systems to help us shift beyond today’s dominant machine-logic.

Mechanistic Logic shape-shifts into The Logic of Life

Why Nature?

Scientific studies show that being in the great outdoors is good for us. Being in nature improves our attention, creativity, empathy, and ability to find meaning and a sense of purpose – the very capacities we need to lead in today’s world of volatility and change.

As a transformational-learning environment, nature offers a ‘special edge’ to adult development. Well-facilitated nature-immersions cut through the noise and baggage of the monkey-mind like nothing else, enabling busy people to go deep quickly and safely, and enabling them to embody and recall their learnings more vividly than other learning experiences can provide for.

‘Look deep deep deep into Nature and you will understand everything better.’

Albert Einstein

While in nature, inspiration is found by accessing the logic of life within and all around us, by learning from living-systems and nature’s ways in helping us apply a systemic logic to our systemic challenges. Put simply, time in nature helps us shift our consciousness.

Giles Hutchins is a specialist in applying living-systems to personal and organizational development, and is an ecosystemic leadership coach. His pioneering work draws upon different resources, such as living-systems-thinking, complexity theory, complex adaptive systems, biomimicry, nature-as-metaphor, presencing, connecting to the living-systems-field (aka, Source), threshold-crossings and liminal spaces, deep ecology, ecopsychology, organization-as-living-system and systemic sustainability.

What are Leadership Nature-Immersions?

Immersion experiences are one-day (9.30am-4.30pm) experiences. Sometimes these immersions can be longer to include an overnight experience – two-days with an overnight solo experience.

The overnight ‘solo-reflections’ enable leaders to go deep with personal and collective inquiries in well-held psychologically-safe yet deep spaces. This leads them to consider vital questions around their own and their organisations purpose and legacy and how to take their own leadership to the next-stage. Often, adults feedback how they gain far clearer perspectives on their personal and organizational challenges when out in nature.

“Thank you for having me in this wonderful place, both in terms of the setting in nature and in my self.  You have created an environment that feels welcoming, safe and one where we have had the stillness to calm the superficial mind and access the deeper parts of ourselves, our true nature. It is an inspiration, an invitation to take this ‘into the world’, a gift to any who are ready to discover who they are.”

“A profound experience, beautifully held. An excellent mix of theory, reflective exercises and peer-to-peer learning, providing me the strength, resilience, direction and clarity I need of my leadership work.”

“Intellectually stimulating AND existentially exhilarating!”

What do they consist of?

Sometimes 1-2-1 coaching – one participant and one facilitator/coach, and sometimes small groups of up to 12 people from the same organisation or from different organisations, where cross-fertilisation of learning-experiences between organisations is gained. During the day, activities range from a blend of pair and group work, somatic awareness (body-work), mindfulness, personal reflection, deep listening exercises, learnings from living-systems applied to organisations, and heart-based dialogue round the fire.

Nature-Immersion facilitator Giles Hutchins has experience of applying several leadership modalities, honing and adapting them for nature-immersions. These methods include:

  • Theory U – Otto Scharmer’s work at MIT on awareness-based systemic leadership
  • Teal/Evolutionary – Frederick Laloux’s work on next-stage ‘Teal’ leadership consciousness
  • Spiral Dynamics – Clare Graves’ adult developmental psychology ‘Tier 1 and Tier 2’ consciousness
  • Systems Thinking and Systemic Leadership – Peter Senge, Peter Hawkins and others work on systemic leadership and systemic awareness
  • Complexity Theory and Complex Adaptive Systems – Ralph Stacey and others work on the complex non-linear nature of organizations
  • Regenerative Leadership – Giles Hutchins’ research on ‘organization-as-living-system’ and ‘ecosystemic awareness’, supplemented by other pioneers like Carol Sanford, Pamela Mang, Bill Reed, Laura Storm and Michelle Holliday
  • Biomimicry – The Biomimicry Institute’s and others work on applying nature’s inspiration to human challenges
  • Way of Nature – John P Milton’s work on connection with the 3 natures: inner nature, outer nature, true nature
  • Somatic work – body energy practices coupled with presencing/mindfulness techniques for ‘whole body’ intelligence
  • Depth Psychology – Carl Jung’s, James Hillman’s work on individuation and shadow work
  • Threshold Crossings and Rites of Passage – Laurence Barrett and others work on liminal spaces, rites of passage and thresholds applied to leadership development

Whether it be deep dialogue round an open fire, reflective walks in the woods, embodiment practices, energy work and team engagement, solo reflections, or applying insights from the complex adaptive systems of nature to business (such as biomimicry, systemic thinking, relationality and emergence) time in nature offers something special as part of the next-stage adult learning journey towards Regenerative Leadership – enabling life-affirming futures for ourselves, our organisations, our social systems, and our civilisation.

‘When you spend time reflecting on your purpose in the natural environment, the answers come so swiftly. Nature provides abundant living metaphors that speak deeply to our human condition. Whenever I am coaching or being coached in nature, I can trust that profound change will follow. It is a form of coming home and a form of healing.’ Katherine long, Faculty at The Future Fit leadership Academy

 

It’s time to transform.

For more on Leadership Immersions tailored to your leadership team and organisation, visit https://www.leadershipimmersions.com/

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Next-Stage Leadership for A Transforming World: Regenerative Leadership

July 10, 2019

Today more than ever we find ourselves in a world out of balance. Our planet is hurting. Our institutions are reaching breaking point. Our stress levels are rising, there are escalating levels of social dissonance, depression, anxiety, obesity and political polarisation across our society.

However, through the cracks of the old systems comes light. The light of a new era. A new way of living, being and working.

A New Paradigm in leadership is being born before our very eyes.  It is simultaneously a challenging yet exciting time to be involved in the future of business.

 

These times ask – demand – that we create the conditions conducive for ourselves and our organizations to become more conscious, more attuned, more human, as we open ourselves up to and re-connect with the magnificence of this more-than-human world and universe.

 

‘We are made wise not by the recollections of our past but by the responsibility of our future.’ George Bernard Shaw

 

This is what the new book by Giles Hutchins and Laura Storm is all about – a new way of leading and operating in business and beyond: Regenerative Leadership

This new book provides an exciting and comprehensive framework for building regenerative life-affirming businesses. It offers a multitude of business cases, fascinating examples from nature’s living systems, insights from the front-line pioneers and tools and techniques for leaders to succeed and thrive in the 21st century.
Regenerative Leadership draws inspiration from pioneering thinking within biomimicry, circular economy, adult developmental psychology, anthropology, biophilia, sociology, complexity theory and next-stage leadership development. It connects the dots between these fields through a powerful framework that enables leadership to become regenerative: in harmony with life, building thriving, prosperous organizations amid transformational times. The book is a combination of theoretical frameworks, case studies, tools & practices: Everything the leader needs to be successful in the 21st century.

Regenerative Leadership – what’s it all about?

While the future is uncertain, we clearly see an upward trend towards sustainable conscious business. And this is more than just a trend – we’re witnessing a new kind of organization emerging.

An organization which is able to rapidly sense and respond to the ever-changing business climate by innovating how and why it creates and delivers value, and the way it engages internally and externally with its ecosystem of employees, customers, suppliers, resources, investors, society and environment.

This new kind of organization is the organization-as-living-system that is designed on the Logic of Life: life-affirming businesses that thrive from the inside out, by cultivating conditions conducive for life, internally and externally. These organizations nurture flourishing cultures while focusing on products and services that enhance society and the environment.

 

Regenerative Leadership starts with an unavoidable conclusion: the world’s most pressing challenges are interconnected, and only through a systems view could we hope to solve them. Hope is what Giles and Laura offer, exploring the wisdom, rules, and models for thinking, being, and doing that the natural world offers us. Business leaders will enjoy this mind-expanding journey.”  Andrew Winston, Sustainabilty Strategist, author of the Big Pivot and co-author of Green to Gold

 

‘Hutchins and Storm demonstrate that they are clearly at the forefront of a new leadership paradigm that maps an emerging model for sustainable organization in any institution that wishes to thrive. Regenerative Leadership is built upon developing awareness of self and system that embraces the wisdom of Nature alongside creative human consciousness. It is an ideal model that recognizes the potential of living systems to revive organizations and leadership to be effective drivers for the next step in our human story. Hutchins and Storm know what they are talking about – and we should start listening.’  Kingsley L. Dennis, The Sacred Revival – Magic, Mind & Meaning in a Technological Age

 

 

“Leaders of today and tomorrow must be equipped with the right knowledge and skills about regenerative design, culture and lifestyle to build organizations geared for transitions towards sustainable systems that the world needs. They have to be systems-thinkers, ecosystem-facilitators and brave enough to address both inner & outer sustainability. This book is an excellent read for all leaders and change makers” Gunhild Stordalen, Founder & President, EAT Foundation

 

“Giles and Laura bring their vast experience and deep wisdom of natural design and development to create an evolutionary blueprint for a sustainable future for business, people and the planet.An evolutionary blueprint for a sustainable future for business, people and the planet.” Richard Barrett, President of the Barrett Academy for the Advancement of Human Values

You can get the book here: http://www.regenerativeleadership.co

and see a short video about the book here:

 

These times ask – demand – that we create the conditions conducive for ourselves and our organizations to become more conscious, more attuned, more human, as we open ourselves up to and re-connect with the magnificence of this more-than-human world and universe.

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Next-stage Leadership and Organisations for a ‘New-Norm’ in Business and Beyond

July 5, 2019

‘What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly.’ Richard Bach

Times they are a changing!  A new kind of leadership and a new kind of organisation is metamorphosing before our very eyes:

Increasing volatility, complexity and uncertainty is the new norm, hence our organizations need to be able to not just survive but thrive amidst unceasing transformation.

This new norm demands a new way of operating and organizing in business.

Yesterday’s logic is a hierarchic, KPI-obsessed, siloed, control-based mind-set that reduces down the ability of our organisations to adapt and evolve amid volatility.

A new business logic is now called for – the logic of living-systems – where we enliven our organisations to become agile, adaptive and alive; work cultures that unlock our creative brilliance and stimulate our collective intelligence.

The organisation-as-machine mentality is giving way to organisation-as-living-system.

This is a fundamental overhaul of the underlying logic of how we do business; it’s challenging yet immensely rewarding. Detailed studies show that organisations applying living-systems logic consistently out-perform their mechanistic counterparts. It’s simply good business sense.

The most important challenge and opportunity facing our leaders, managers, and change agents today is our ability to embrace this deep and fundamental shift in logic – a shift in how we think, perceive and relate – amid the busyness of today’s frenetic work-life.

 

This next-stage of leadership and organisational develop is not just about being more agile, more innovative, more purposeful, more sustainable – its about all these things and more! It’s what we call Regenerative Leadership & Regenerative Business

Regenerative business requires us to go beyond the surface and symptomatic into transforming mind-sets at deep and partly unconscious levels. From bottom-up ways of relating, to the over-arching strategic intent of how and why we do business, a root-and-branch transformation is required. What a challenging, yet stimulating and deeply rewarding time to be involved in the future of business: a metamorphosis no less.

So what does Regenerative Business look and feel like in practice?

There is a general shift away from narrowly controlling the siloes of business functions into a widening of our perceptual horizon to perceive the relations across our organization and across our business ecosystem of stakeholders. Each of us takes personal responsibility for understanding the dynamics of relations in our sphere of influence, and seeks to enhance the synergistic value-creation potential of these relationships, not in a ‘trade-off’ win-win or win-lose kind of way, but in a deeper more human – more natural, heartfelt and authentic – way of creating and delivering value for Life. While being focused on our area of responsibility, we are also continually scanning our emerging landscape and learning to ‘read’ the emerging future, sensing and responding to new information, opportunities and challenges that arise. We work in self-organizing, locally-attuning ways continually prototyping and learning as we go. This is a far-cry from the top-down machine mentality of much of today’s corporations.

The more conscious you and I can be, as the leaders and change agents in our organisations, of this necessary shift in consciousness now required, the more able we are to bring it through into our ways of relating, our meeting conventions, decision-making protocols and everyday processes of human relating.  It’s this that creates the nutritious soil from which our living organisations can truly thrive in the transformational times ahead.

For more on how to cultivate the conditions for next-stage organisations and next-stage leadership – read this new book by experts Giles Hutchins and Laura Storm: Regenerative Leadership

 

The clarity, inspiration, synergy and wisdom of this book is breath-taking. –  Dr Lynne Sedgmore CBE, former Chief Executive  of 157 Group, Centre for Excellence in Leadership

 

Giles and Laura bring their vast experience and deep wisdom to create an evolutionary blueprint for a sustainable future for business, people and the planet. –  Richard Barrett, President of the Barrett Academy for the Advancement of Human Values

 

This book is full of wisdom and determination! It will inspire leaders to succeed in the 21st Century.- Tim Flannery, scientist

 

A must read for anyone who wants to shape a regenerative organization. – Jean-Claude Pierre, CEO Scott Bader

You can purchase the book here:

https://www.wordzworth.com/sales/authorbooks?ISBN=9781783241194

also available on Amazon and all good book shops.

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REGENERATIVE LEADERSHIP: The DNA of life-affirming business – Just Released!!

July 1, 2019

‘This is the must-read book of the year.  I couldn’t put it down. The clarity, inspiration, synergy and wisdom of this book is breath-taking.’  – Dr Lynne Sedgemore CBE, former CEO of Centre of Excellence in Leadership

 

‘An Evolutionary Blue-Print for a sustainable future … deep wisdom’  – Richard Barrett, President of the Barrett Academy for the Advancement of Human Values

 

‘Business leaders will enjoy this mind-expanding journey!’  –  Andrew Winston, author of best-selling Green to Gold and The Big Pivot

 

Regenerative Leadership: The new book, just released by Giles Hutchins and Laura Storm

 

You can purchase this full-colour, high-quality sustainably produced book here

This book by leadership and sustainability experts Giles Hutchins and Laura Storm provides an exciting and comprehensive framework for building regenerative life-affirming businesses. It offers a multitude of business cases, fascinating examples from nature’s living systems, insights from the front-line pioneers and tools and techniques for leaders to succeed and thrive in the 21st century.

Regenerative Leadership draws inspiration from pioneering thinking within biomimicry, circular economy, adult developmental psychology, anthropology, biophilia, sociology, anthropology, complexity theory and next-stage leadership development. It connects the dots between these fields through a powerful DNA model that enables leadership to become regenerative: in harmony with life, building thriving, prosperous organizations amid transformational times. The book is a combination of theoretical frameworks, case studies, tools & practices: Everything the leader needs to pave the way for business becoming a force for good in the world.

Regenerative Leadership – what’s it all about?

While the future is uncertain, we clearly see an upward trend towards sustainable conscious business. And this is more than just a trend – we’re witnessing a new kind of organization emerging.

An organization which is able to rapidly sense and respond to the ever-changing business climate by innovating how and why it creates and delivers value, and the way it engages internally and externally with its ecosystem of employees, customers, suppliers, resources, investors, society and environment.

This new kind of organization is the organization-as-living-system that is designed on the Logic of Life: life-affirming businesses that thrive from the inside out, by cultivating conditions conducive for life, internally and externally. These organizations nurture flourishing cultures while focusing on products and services that enhance society and the environment.

Regenerative organizations will be tomorrow’s success stories. Ones that hold-on to yesterday’s logic will become yesterday’s news. It’s simple: adapt or die.

Watch a short video about the book here

 

 

BOOK OUTLINE

Part 1: BREAKING DOWN AND BREAKING THROUGH:

Takes us through the root cause of our current crises, the flawed business paradigm, and the signals of a new way emerging.

Part 2: THE DNA OF A NEW REGENERATIVE LEADERSHIP PARADIGM

This takes us through the entire DNA model of Regenerative Leadership by first diving deep into what we can learn from the richness of living systems and then translating this into new principles for Design, Leadership & Lifestyle.

Part 3: WHEN THE RUBBER HITS THE ROAD

This section guides the reader on how to integrate the Regenerative Leadership DNA step-by-step. It includes tools, practices and a written coaching session to address queries leaders may have while embarking on this journey towards life-affirming business.

Some Reviews Already Received:

“The world is changing fast and organizations are not keeping up with the pace of transformation.  This book invites leaders to catalyze the necessary regeneration to not just catch up, but to lead the world into the 21st century.” Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary UNFCCC 2010-2016

“This book is full of wisdom and determination! A book that will inspire leaders to pave the way towards practices in harmony with our inner nature and the ecosystems we depend on.  Just what we need to succeed in the 21st Century.” Tim Flannery, scientists & author of Weather Makers, Here on Earth

 “Storm and Hutchins confront the challenge of redesigning the world to deliver a sustainable future with vision, energy, and creativity.” Dan Esty, environmental Lawyer & Policymaker, co-author of best-selling Green to Gold

A must read for anyone who wants to shape a regenerative organization.” Jean-Claude Pierre, CEO Scott Bader

“Seeking inspiration in the natural world, the principles in Regenerative Leadership provide a framework for a more inspired path forward in business and life.”  Ryan Gellert, CEO EMEA Patagonia

“Hutchins’ and Storm’s Regenerative Leadership shines a bright light on one of the most critical, and least understood capacities required of anyone and any institution seeking to work regeneratively – understanding and living into the three-fold dynamics of what the book calls the DNA of regenerative leadership.” Pamela Mang, co-founder of Regenesis and co-author of Regenerative Development and Design.

‘Hutchins and Storm demonstrate that they are clearly at the forefront of a new leadership paradigm that maps an emerging model for sustainable organization in any institution that wishes to thrive. Regenerative Leadership is built upon developing awareness of self and system that embraces the wisdom of Nature alongside creative human consciousness.” Kingsley L. Dennis, award winning author and thought leader

“This book succinctly brings together the importance business leaders have in redefining and supporting their organisations and communities to do more good.” Nigel Stansfield, President of Interface EAAA

 

The Authors

Giles Hutchins is Chairman of The Future Fit Leadership Academy, keynote speaker, executive coach and author of three critically acclaimed business books, previously Director at KPMG and Global Head of Sustainability Solutions for Atos Origin. He is co-founder of Regenerators, co-founder of Biomimicry for Creative Innovation, founder of Leadership Immersions, and a thought leader on next-stage leadership and organisational development.

Laura Storm has spent her entire career working in the intersection between business, leadership, sustainability, climate change policy and innovation. She has started and led multiple international organizations focused on the global transformation to sustainability – including Copenhagen Climate Council, World Business Summit on Climate Change and Sustainia. She has been awarded the title “Worldchanger” by Greenbiz, is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and Sustainability Expert, serves on many boards and is founder of Regenerators.

 

You can purchase this full-color, high-quality sustainably produced book here

or visit the book’s website for more information and links to Amazon

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Why Nature Immersions are an Essential Key to Next-Stage Leadership and Organisational Development

June 22, 2019

Leadership Immersions provide rich, powerful and long-lasting experiences for leaders to go deep with personal and collective inquiries in well-held psychologically-safe yet deep spaces. This leads them to consider vital questions around their own and their organisations purpose and legacy and how to take their own leadership to the next-stage. Often, adults feedback how they gain far clearer perspectives on their personal and organizational challenges when out in nature.

Key Learning Objectives realised through well-facilitated Leadership Immersions:

  • Renewing personal and organisational passion, ambition and purpose
  • Revitalising personal and organisational creativity, innovation, adaptability and agility
  • Empowering individuals and teams for the ‘new-norm’ of next-stage future-fit leadership
  • Enhancing mindful, authentic, inclusive and conscious leadership capacities
  • Learning and embodying tools for self-mastery and systemic awareness

Time in nature can provide transformative benefits

 

Look deep deep deep into nature and you will understand everything better – Albert Einstein, genius

Leadership Immersions have proven uniquely powerful in at least two ways…

 

 1) Well-facilitated immersions help us identify root problems and systemic solutions, to reach beyond the mechanistic reductive ‘level of consciousness that created our problems in the first place’. We draw on insights from living-systems and apply these to our challenges in profound ways. For more on tis see: https://www.leadershipimmersions.com/what-we-do

 

2) Being-in-nature is scientifically proven to enhance creativity, empathy, deep listening, improved memory and the ability to see different perspectives. When coupled with somatic body-work, mindfulness, vision-quests and round-the-fire dialogue circle-work, these immersions enable us to find a greater sense of meaning and purpose in our work-lives and also personal lives. It helps develop physiological and psychological coherence and connectedness, and aids us through challenging times of change. For more on this see:  https://www.leadershipimmersions.com/the-science

 

What do Leadership Immersions consist of?

A blend of solo, pair and group work, mindfulness and presencing techniques, somatic tools and gentle body-work, deep listening exercises, learnings from living-systems applied to organisations, and rich dialogue round the fire.

Leadership Immersion facilitator Giles Hutchins applies several leadership modalities, which he has honed and adapted for nature immersions. These methods include:

  • Complexity Theory and Complex Adaptive Systems – Ralph Stacey and others work on the complex non-linear nature of organisations
  • Regenerative Leadership – Giles Hutchins work on ‘organization-as-living-system’ and ‘ecosystemic awareness’, supplemented by other pioneers like Carol Sanford, Pamela Mang, Bill Reed, Laura Storm and Michelle Holliday.
  • Theory U, Teal/Evolutionary, Future-Fit and Agile – Giles Hutchins work on next-stage Future Fit leadership and organisational development, supplemented by other pioneers like Otto Scharmer, Frederic Laloux, Clare Graves, John Kotter, Robert Kegan, Peter Hawkins and Peter Senge.

 

Two workshops coming up:

5th Sept: A one-dayer on Self, Source and Systems – applying Theory U, deep adaptation and renewal in this times of transformation:

http://ffla.co/connecting-with-source-self-system-workshop/

19th/20th Sept: An two-dayer with over-night solo, all camping equipment and food is provided:

http://ffla.co/the-new-regenerative-ecosystemic-leadership-paradigm/

 

What People Say:

‘Giles Hutchins is at the forefront of synthesising new logics for business with the natural rhythms of life and the human mind that will revolutionise business. I cannot recommend his powerful work highly enough’ – Dr Lynne Sedgemore CBE, former CEO of 157 Group, Centre of Excellence in Leadership UK

‘Giles Hutchins offers lifesaving radical surgery for humanity and the business world’ – Dr Malcolm Parlett, Gestalt Psychologist and Author

‘What I didn’t expect when I signed-up to attend a one-day nature immersion retreat with Giles was the opening up of a whole new world. The experience opened my eyes to the energy and beauty of this amazing place. During the final campfire session I felt a deep connection to the group and something much bigger than all of us. I highly recommend this programme.’ – Michaela Wright, Director, HSBC

‘The Nature Immersion with Giles was just what I needed! Giles beautifully crafted a deeply nurturing atmosphere where the group could connect with self, others and nature. I was able to deeply reflect on my life, my purpose and the changes that I needed to make in my life, to enhance my effectiveness as a leader within my work at a business school.’
– Sharon Olivier, Programme Director, Ashridge Business School

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Connecting with Source, Self, System – deep immersion

May 9, 2019

Connecting with Source, Self, System

5th September, 2019

with Giles Hutchins and Katherine Long

Katherine Long and Giles Hutchins are hosting a unique nature-immersion retreat, an opportunity for profound reflection which will renew, re-energise and regenerate – a day that will support you to deeply re- connect with your sense of purpose, the wider systems you are a part of, and the future you seek to co-create.

Together with other change practitioners (leaders, coaches, organization design and development practitioners, activists) we will explore questions such as:

  • What shifts in ourselves, our work, and in our professional communities are needed to respond to the scale of threat this planet faces?
  • What can we learn from living-systems about resilience, adaptability, collective intelligence and change?
  • How do we support healing and wholeness in a fragmented world?
  • What can we do we resource ourselves and each other to stay aligned to ‘deep purpose’ whilst engaging in ‘deep adaptation’?

This day hosts an intimate yet diverse group of leaders exploring the edges of the new while in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the ancient High Weald area of West Sussex, with good connections to London and beyond, 8mins cab ride from Balcombe station. We will be drawing on a range of deep reflection approaches, including Forest Bathing, Theory U, Teal, somatic bodywork, consciousness-raising modalities, deep listening, systemic and ecosystemic awareness, Dialogue, all held within nature.

9.30am – 4.15pm Thursday 5th September 2019 – price on application includes all refreshments and vegetarian lunch.

To register your interest, please email either Katherine Long or Giles Hutchins

‘Look deep, deep, deep into nature and you will understand everything better.’ Albert Einstein

Natural Business for A World That’s Waking up

April 30, 2019

Albert Einstein threw down the gauntlet for our human evolution when he said,

“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

A task not for the faint-hearted, as it requires great courage to widen our circle of compassion amid increasing tension, fear and uncertainty. Not least it requires a fundamental shift in worldview, in how we perceive our sense of self, our relationship with others, and our sense of place and purpose within this world.

Whether it’s the disciplines of quantum physics, psychology, ecology, organisational development or evolutionary theory, it is now dawning on our contemporary consciousness that life is not simply a mechanistic construct of push-pull factors and selfish genes, where separate organisms compete with each other in the struggle for survival.  Rather, we are now recognising that life is an inter-relational network of inter-being, where everything is in dynamic relation with its environment, continuously communicating and collaborating within an ocean of being. The ‘self’ is not the ‘separate self’ of individualism but the ‘differentiating self’ immersed within a rich milieu of relations.  It is the diversity and reciprocity of these relations which provides for the organism’s resilience and in-turn the resilience of the wider ecosystem.  As the world-renowned biologist Lynn Margulis succinctly puts it,

“Life did not take over the globe by combat but by networking.”

This living-systems view of life is beginning to permeate our corridors of power. There is an increasing recognition that business-as-usual thinking is not going to get us very far. To become future-fit we need to embrace a new way of operating and organising. That new way just so happens to be the way life really works – not the control-based dominate-or-be-dominated mechanistic logic of yesterday, but the real logic of life perceived beyond the illusion of separation: emergence, receptivity, reciprocity, local-attunement, power-with, ecosystemic thinking.

In practice, this means emancipating ourselves from many of the structures inhibiting our natural aliveness today by embracing collaborative soulful practices, such as Way of Council, deep listening, mindfulness-in-motion, foresight planning, prototyping, multi-stakeholder dialogue sessions, scenario planning, white space technologies and the art of hosting tools, as well as direct inspiration from living systems such as eco-literacy, biomimicry, industrial ecology, circular economics, regenerative and adaptive cycle approaches.

There are a multitude of simple yet courageous undertakings each of us can take to help nurture a more soulful, living-systems approach to work. For instance, how about starting each and every meeting with a minute’s silence, to help centre ourselves and tune-in to more of our natural ways of knowing (intuitive, somatic, emotional and rational) allowing for more than a glimpse of what lies beyond the busyness of our masturbating monkey-minds.

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