Thorns of Consciousness

Angeles Arrien, an author, teacher, and anthropologist specializing in cross-cultural wisdom, summarized 13 different challenges that humans experience in their lives. These 13 states constitute the major challenges we face when moving through the growth stages. Interestingly enough, 6 of these states have to do with our way of thinking and state of mind.

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The Journey Towards Your Self-Mastery

The Journey Towards Your Self-Mastery

Your leadership territory is indicated by the results you produce, the relationships you have, and your own level of satisfaction and well-being. Yet all these external indicators are just evidence of what you are generating internally. If you want to improve or increase your leadership power, you need to work on who you are as a person. 

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The Gallery of Shadows – Part 4

The Gallery of Shadows – Part 4

The shadow side of Linda was her attempts to adapt and please the new regime. She just didn’t agree with the new values being proposed for the company. The tension between what was being asked for and her own integrity started to create underlying stress. She became passive aggressive in her support for the new organization.

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The Gallery of Shadows – Part 3

The Gallery of Shadows – Part 3

Stephen’s drive for discipline and control increased. He needed things to look right, be in order, and for appearances be perfect and spotless. The demands he placed on himself and those around him increased. There was little tolerance for errors or messes, either at work and home. He could not process everything that he was feeling inside, so he focused on the external instead. His shadow side.

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The Gallery of Shadows – Part 2

The Gallery of Shadows – Part 2

Tristan’s initial success didn’t come without a price. Caught up in his ambition and drive, he began to think of himself as invincible. He sold himself and others on the story that he was the underdog. A street-smart, scrappy kid who would eventually ‘show them all’ that he was in fact a very successful alpha dog.

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The Gallery of Shadows – Part 1

The Gallery of Shadows – Part 1

In the next few blogs, we will be examining the negative consequences of leader’s “shadow sides” that I have personally witnessed in my work as an executive coach. I’ve made them vague to protect each leaders’ identity, so names and industries have been altered. These are vivid examples of what can happen when one does not pay attention to the shadow side of your Archetypal Blueprint pattern.

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