Tag Archives: transformation

South Africans Reflect on Mandela’s ‘Rainbow Nation’

This National Public Radio feature interviews South Africans and gives a fascinating map of the work-in-progress of this ‘Rainbow Nation.’ Here’s an taste: click to hear the whole feature… From the interview with political commentator Justice Malala: “When I was 20 years old, 23 years ago, I walked with fear in Johannesburg and in Pretoria […]

Leader, Savior, Terrorist: Nelson Mandela and the Space of Mythic Transformation

Even leaders who have achieved a great deal carry many stories,many projected identies. When they move, like Nelson Mandela, from revolutionary to healer, even after becoming mythic heroes in their own time, they inspire many emotions — fear, joy, envy. They hold a difficult place, leading change in cascading shifts, not just in their own […]

Malala Yousafzai in Birmingham: Heroic Leader, no longer “Simple Malala”

Follow this link to see a BBC news interview with Malala Yousafzai about the moment she became Malala-the-Hero, not just “simple Malala.” A telling moment, that the greatest adjustment might well be the change in her role – from local hero to public face of justice for girls. Inthe place she now lives, she represents […]

Leadership Lessons from Dreamworks Studio: the stories we love become the morals we live by

The fun list blog 12most.com posted an interesting list in October — 12 Most Animated Leadership Lessons from Dreamworks Movies. It’s a fun read, going from common sense to visionary to silly and inspiring. Some of them are classic leadership rhetoric. How to Train Your Dragon: “the threat may be the opportunity.” Over the Hedge: […]

Risk, Reward, and Trust, Oh My! Visionary Leadership Builds Value-Based Systems for Innovation

Visionary leaders hope to get everyone excited about innovation and transformation, making systemic change and new beginnings easier and more rewarding. The pragmatics of transformation, though, mean creating visionary systems that reward risk and reward, built on trust. Here’s Henry Doss, entrepreneur and blogger at Forbes, about the ways leadership and innovation fuel transformation, and […]

Visionary Leaders, Be Aware! Emergence can be a strange and surreal experience.

Where do we begin and our dreams end? Visionary leadership is about living in the space between pragmatism and dream, a wonderful, dangerous place where the unconscious and the conscious share a language. Our insights rise up from a place more real than reality, and we feel them as if they are already real, but […]

Day 100: Rosa Parks

Originally posted on civildisobedience100:
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old African American woman who worked as a seamstress, boarded this Montgomery City bus to go home from work. On this bus on that day, Rosa Parks initiated a new era in the American quest for freedom and equality. She sat near the middle…