I am a strange mix of pragmatist and mystic. This has lead me on a wild and wonderful journey through my life but currently has me working to help organisations develop leaders worth following. In this time of unprecedented pace of change, global connectivity and global turmoil, the potential for the decisions of every individual to have a massive impact on the world at large has never been so great. It is therefore more critical than ever that every leader at every level have the greatest capacity for wise decision-making that we can invest them with. We cannot rely on a few great, heroic figures to lead us. The need for swift and distributed leadership is too great and even if we had such leaders our collective cynicism has become too powerful to give them the support and speed of action to deal with the world at the pace now required.
So, if we are to have such a big population of wise leaders, a critical question for me and people like me becomes: how do we cultivate wisdom? Wisdom is a quality we all recognise when we see it but few of us could even concretely say what it is, let alone how those rare individuals who exhibit it regularly may have come by this capacity. It has traditionally been the realm of mysticism and faith - understandably so, it being so intangible - but if we are to grow this essential capacity with any kind of consistency or scale we have to come to some kind of practical understanding of it. We don't want to trap this wild and wonderful creature - this blog and the book to follow are no act of intellectual taxidermy - but we do have to observe it enough, in it's natural environment, that we can speak with authority about how it might best be encouraged to inhabit our daily lives more frequently. That is what I have set out to do. In many ways I am a native of the wild lands Wisdom wanders having grown up studying martial arts, world religions and spiritual traditions, and theatre and the arts; but I have now spent almost as much time in the 'civilisation' of organisational life so I can see what is needed to bring relevance and application to what might otherwise be too esoteric a body of work.
I offer myself as humble guide in this territory. Perhaps you've been here before, maybe these are your first steps in a new land, either way I hope I can help. We all need a wiser world.