Being our Future
“The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination.” John Schaar
At azzur we love this quote. I love this quote. It sums up pretty much everything we believe about leadership, organisations and how life functions in general really. We are in an eternally co-creative process whether we connect with that consciously or not. Every thought, every action, every inaction defines our experience of life or our reality in real time and sets the path for the future. We are not passengers we are part of the journey.
We exist as part of a huge system and by opening ourselves to consider, and connect with, the inherent creativity and the deep level of interdependence that exists in our own ‘system’ we open ourselves to immense inner power.
Let me offer a few thoughts in relation to this system as I perceive it:
- Firstly, as leaders (and human beings), it’s important to acknowledge ourselves as essentially creative – active in creating the reality that is experienced both personally and by others within our organisations
- That the act of creating has an impact (sometimes huge, sometimes imperceptible) on us as both leaders and as people (as well as on others). And, whether we are conscious of it or not, it also impacts how we are defining our goals and sense of the future
- That much of what goes on in this process of creativity seems invisible and perhaps even intangible but can be made more visible. So much of it is what goes on within us for example our thoughts, senses, and intuitions and also within the relationships we foster
What does all this mean in plain language? It means that we have a responsibility to really pay attention to how we show up, what we think about and how we connect with others amongst other things. It means that in every moment we are shaping a future for ourselves and our people as well as countless stakeholders. It means that paying attention to the invisible becomes an important part of understanding both our own system and the wider system within which we operate because in every moment we are impacting that.
Leaders and organisations could benefit hugely from exploring their ‘system’, examining the interdependencies and the visible and invisible factors that define the goals or ‘destination’ that Schaar refers to. We no longer live in a ‘point and squirt’ world (not that we ever did) but it’s becoming more clear that we need more subtle and perhaps sophisticated tools to be sure that the future we are co-creating is as conscious as possible.