Christine McDougall speaks about Beautiful Business..the love of business..the love of work, our call to work and business that serves all of humanity, our call to work that brings the whole of us into play. Business that enables the world to work for 100% of humanity, without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone. Businesses that are writing the pathways for the future of humanity, who say no to extraction and obscene excess.
She speaks of the design of organisations that enable the best of people to be present every day. Design that creates responsible, responsive teams who manage themselves with amazing grace and love of their work. Organisations who through their design remove layers of managers managing managers allowing people to step up to their own capacity to lead and decide.
She speaks of leadership that elevates all of humanity. Leadership that does not require the spotlight, fame or glory, rather the type of leadership we so long to see in the world. Integrous, real, wise, open, humble. Yet clear, insightful, purposeful. Leaders who know they are far better when surrounded with a team of ordinary and extraordinary people. Leaders who know what they know, and know what they do not know, and speak without pretense. Leaders who have the capacity and willingness to step into their vulnerability, their humanity…who never forget that their role is to elevate everyone and to hold the space for human flourishing, both within the organisation and as part of the organisations connection to the world.
She speaks of the need for us to retake the mantel of citizenship. To be the leader we are waiting for. To no longer sit on the couch and complain, rather to act. To co-create with fellow actors, the world we wish to see. To relinquish our story that we cannot make a difference, we do not have the power, and our voice does not matter.
She speaks to the dark night. Our being lost, broken, traumatised. The threshold between who we are and what we have become. To the call of the dark hours, to step into the greater story of our life and work. To enter the conversation we most fear to have, yet cannot avoid or deny. She speaks of our identity, our longing for beauty, time, reflection, connection, silence.
Christine speaks because if one person in any audience leaves the conversation and moves to action, this will make a difference. She speaks because she knows that people are wanting to be spoken to as capable adults, fully enabled to act without waiting for some authority to say yes. She speaks of this because our leaders do not, they speak to us instead in riddles and lies, using smoke and mirrors…and we are tired of being spoken to this way. We long for the uncontaminated truth, harsh as it may be, and the opportunity to decide how we want to act and respond. She speaks because business has the chance to move the world to a place where everyone wins. Beautiful business…can bring people and the Earth back from the brink of breakdown.
She speaks because the time is now, that everyone matters, and we can no longer be silent.
Finally, she speaks of beauty, love and the call of our soul to work centred in meaning and purpose. For without this, without our lives daily being touched by beauty and love…then we are nothing.
She has spoken to audiences around the world, and would be delighted to speak to yours.
I attended your presentation at AIM last week which I thoroughly related to and enjoyed. I was impressed with the way you connected with the audience and your questioning technique to unravel the onion layers in your example with Brett (who obviously was technically wired) was brilliant and non threatening. This enabled him to reflect on his responses, without reacting defensively, and thus see how his agenda was actually contributing to his problem with ‘Bob’.
I was so impressed with your presentation that I visited your website and downloaded your ebook and read it. I have also applied the first question of “what do you want for the other person” to a very difficult conversation that I had recently. It was a challenging conversation and there will be a follow-up to it next week where I will apply the same caring principle. The person that I am dealing with has a blind spot in relation to their interpersonal skills which is a potential derailer to their personal success. My aim is to give help my colleague to reflect on the feedback in the hope of them seeing this blind spot.
Dianne Firman, Brisbane, Australia