The Power of Unconsciousness

What is unconsciousness? It is simply the state of non-awareness, of not knowing. In and of itself, it’s benign. It’s just a state of being.

Unconsciously, our bodies function in a timely, miraculous way. We breathe, our heart beats, our cells deliver needed information and goods and carry away waste. While our body does all of this without effort, our mind focuses on our survival by making sense of the incredible amount of sensory information around us. Harnessing unconsciousness is also a part of self-mastery. When we become incredibly competent at something, a new skill, habit, or way of thinking, it fades from our conscious mind into the quieter place of unconsciousness. We no longer need to focus our attention in order to activate it.

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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 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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Where Do External Results Come From?

Where Do External Results Come From?

Years ago, when I first graduated from university, I moved to France where my freshly ignited passion for learning and development really took off. Those five years I spent working abroad were a form of graduate school, not only for my heart and mind, but for my soul. My professional work was divided into two tracks; one was the commitment I made to my own development, the other was to the development of others.

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