Real Leaders Step Forward When Others Step Back

On Monday morning I was in a rare circumstance — the CEO of a large urban bank was knocking on my corner office door, asking to have a few minutes of my time to philosophize about the future of the new economy. We talked about a great many things, and the minutes turned into hours. Toward the end of the conversation, this CEO recited a well-known quote from the early 20th-century visionary businessman Peter Drucker, often considered the inventor of modern management:

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"I like to explore the intersection between emotion and business in the public-profit world. I have observed a natural tension in this space which leads to juicy and provocative conversations. I try to remain detached, stay open-minded, and play devil's advocate to seek and speak the truth."

TheEmoBiz lives in the forest with a spouse, toddler, and dog, has been working in business for over a decade, has a daily spiritual practice, and comes from a family of writers. Follow @TheEmoBiz on Medium and Twitter.
 

How Arrogance Can Make Even an Obnoxious Person Popular

Urapmin, a remote community in the mountains of Papua New Guinea, has no electricity in any of its seven villages. The people there, also called Urapmin, have no regular way of earning cash. They build their houses out of materials they gather from the rainforest that surrounds them, and they garden and hunt for their food. In the early 1990s, I spent two years living and doing anthropological fieldwork in Urapmin.

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Aeon is a digital magazine of ideas and culture. Since September 2012 they have been publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. They ask the big questions and find the freshest, most original answers, provided by leading thinkers on science, philosophy, society, and the arts. Aeon was founded in London by Paul and Brigid Hains. It now has offices in London, Melbourne, and New York. Aeon is a not-for-profit and operated by Aeon Media Group Ltd., committed to big ideas, serious enquiry, and a humane worldview. That’s it.

Connecting Nature and Fearless Leadership: Finding Your Fiercest Self

“I would ask you, Julie, who are the seagulls in your life? How can you emulate the pelican behavior?"

This was Beverly Winterscheid, the founding partner of Center for Nature and Leadership, and Leadership Development Professor in the Bard Sustainability MBA, talking and, as always, prodding.

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Julie is committed to telling the story of where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping B Corps and other social enterprises identify, build and leverage their brands. She is also a writer for 3BL Media and Just Means and has been published in M&V Magazine and the Centre of Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge among others. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is laser focused on becoming a better surfer than her husband, Thomas. 

A Great Man

“The problems we have now in communities and societies are going to be resolved only when we are brought together by a common sense that each of us is a visionary. Each of us must come to the realization that we can function and live at the level of vision rather than following some great leader’s vision. Instead of looking for a great leader, we are in an era where each of us needs to find the great leader in ourselves.” ~ Werner Erhard

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Dr. Laura Basha is an organizational psychologist, writer and artist, and along with organizational transformation, consulting and executive coaching, she offers her skills as a life coach and educator, specializing in personal transformation and creative self-expression. For over thirty years she has worked with thousands of international clientele, using a principle-based paradigm of health and empowerment, catalyzing an awakening in people to their authentic self-expression, creativity, and power. She has taught her work in private practice as well as community, clinical, academic, professional, public, and corporate settings. Find more of Dr. Laura Basha's teachings, videos, artwork, and writings here: http://www.evoxtelevision.com/evolve-with-dr-laura-basha/

The Elders Provide Wisdom of the Ages and Ethical Leadership

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photo: TheElders.org

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy

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Leadership Lesson: "We are told that we all need to be leaders, but that would be really ineffective. The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow..." Derek Sivers via Ed.TED.com

This is how community and action catches fire. Where are you focusing your energy?

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TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference on the West Coast each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

Leadership Comes from Within

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“THE BEST RULERS ARE BARELY KNOWN TO MEN”*

“The great ruler speaks little

and his words are priceless

 

He works without self-interest

And leaves no trace …”

~ *Tao Te Ching

 

 

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Dr. Laura Basha is an organizational psychologist, writer and artist, and along with organizational transformation, consulting and executive coaching, she offers her skills as a life coach and educator, specializing in personal transformation and creative self-expression. For over thirty years she has worked with thousands of international clientele, using a principle-based paradigm of health and empowerment, catalyzing an awakening in people to their authentic self-expression, creativity, and power. She has taught her work in private practice as well as community, clinical, academic, professional, public, and corporate settings. Find more of Dr. Laura Basha's teachings, videos, artwork, and writings here: http://www.evoxtelevision.com/evolve-with-dr-laura-basha/

Quality of Life - Getting the Word Out at SXSW Eco

SXSW ECO Event

In early October, five evōx members traveled to Austin to participate at the SXSW Eco conference. Over the course of 3 days we interviewed over 40 inspiring people, hosted the Welcome Reception and shared about evōx in the Expo Center (where everyone won a fun evōx-inspired prize). It was an action-packed and fun-filled set of days!

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Nikki Pava was recently named by Renewable Energy News and Cleantechies as one of the Top 10 Women in Sustainability.  She is the founder of Alegria Partners, a strategic marketing and sustainability initiatives development consulting firm. In 2007, Nikki co-founded EcoTuesday, a nationally-recognized networking organization that takes place in cities across the country. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Women in Cleantech & Sustainability and is the National Editor of Going Organic Magazine. Nikki is an entrepreneur and a healthy living advocate who holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Presidio School of Management. Find her on Twitter: @nikkipava.

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On Monday morning I was in a rare circumstance — the CEO of a large urban bank was knocking on my corner office door, asking to have a few minutes of my time to philosophize about the future of the... read more
Colorful peacock strutting on grass.
05/01/2017
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rear view of woman overlooking cliffs and harbor
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“I would ask you, Julie, who are the seagulls in your life? How can you emulate the pelican behavior?" This was Beverly Winterscheid, the founding partner of Center for Nature and Leadership, and... read more
Werner Erhard
05/19/2015
“The problems we have now in communities and societies are going to be resolved only when we are brought together by a common sense that each of us is a visionary. Each of us must come to the... read more
photo: TheElders.org
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photo: TheElders.org The Elders is a group of global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007, to offer their influence and wisdom to the process of peace building and to address... read more
Flock of ducks comming out of water
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Leadership Lesson: "We are told that we all need to be leaders, but that would be really ineffective. The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow..." Derek... read more
Photo: geekfill.com
03/09/2014
Photo: geekfill.com “THE BEST RULERS ARE BARELY KNOWN TO MEN”* “The great ruler speaks little and his words are priceless   He works without self-interest And leaves no... read more
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11/04/2013
In early October, five evōx members traveled to Austin to participate at the SXSW Eco conference. Over the course of 3 days we interviewed over 40 inspiring people, hosted the Welcome... read more
Metal spheres in a circle show example of leadership from the center.
09/05/2017
On Monday morning I was in a rare circumstance — the CEO of a large urban bank was knocking on my corner office door, asking to have a few minutes of my time to philosophize about the future of the... read more
Colorful peacock strutting on grass.
05/01/2017
Urapmin, a remote community in the mountains of Papua New Guinea, has no electricity in any of its seven villages. The people there, also called Urapmin, have no regular way of earning cash. They... read more
rear view of woman overlooking cliffs and harbor
01/25/2016
“I would ask you, Julie, who are the seagulls in your life? How can you emulate the pelican behavior?" This was Beverly Winterscheid, the founding partner of Center for Nature and Leadership, and... read more
Werner Erhard
05/19/2015
“The problems we have now in communities and societies are going to be resolved only when we are brought together by a common sense that each of us is a visionary. Each of us must come to the... read more
photo: TheElders.org
07/20/2014
photo: TheElders.org The Elders is a group of global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007, to offer their influence and wisdom to the process of peace building and to address... read more
Flock of ducks comming out of water
03/25/2014
Leadership Lesson: "We are told that we all need to be leaders, but that would be really ineffective. The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow..." Derek... read more
Photo: geekfill.com
03/09/2014
Photo: geekfill.com “THE BEST RULERS ARE BARELY KNOWN TO MEN”* “The great ruler speaks little and his words are priceless   He works without self-interest And leaves no... read more
sxswb-big
11/04/2013
In early October, five evōx members traveled to Austin to participate at the SXSW Eco conference. Over the course of 3 days we interviewed over 40 inspiring people, hosted the Welcome... read more