Upcoming Programs

MythoSelf® Facilitator training, Module 1
27th-30th September 2007, Co. Wicklow, Eire.
Facilitated by Dr. David McDermott, Mythoself® Master Trainer.

Empowered Life for Teens workshop with Jeff Leiken.
28-30 September 2007, Hertfordshire, UK.

The Mythogenic Self® Experience
9th-11th November 2007, East Grinstead, Sussex, UK.
Facilitated by Sam Riordan and Jon Nicoll, MythoSelf® Associate Trainers.
See our main page for details

Dance of the Elements workshop (UK)
Date and Venue TBC.
More details coming soon.

Moments of Greatness

The cover of the July 2005 edition of the Harvard Business Review caught my attention — Moments of Greatness: Entering the Fundamental State of Leadership.

The central idea of the article, by Robert Quinn, Professor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, is that when leaders excel - when they are truly 'on' - they enter what Quinn calls a 'fundamental state of leadership'. This is a state in which you instinctively know what to do, perform at your best and become able to inspire others to high performance. Quinn claims that this state is normally only entered when a crisis jolts someone out of their comfort zone and they are forced by external events to rise to the occasion. Now Quinn is offering is a way to enter this state at will by means of a series of 'transformational questions'.

The characteristics or qualities of this 'fundamental state' that Quinn has identified, and around which the 'transformational questions' are organised are:

  1. Results centered (knowing what results you'd like to create, and moving toward possibilities that don't yet exist)
  2. Internally directed (motivated from within and according to your own values rather than complying with the expectations or wishes of others)
  3. Other focussed (committing to the collective good, even at personal cost)
  4. Externally open (paying attention to stimulus from the environment, and being willing to take risks)

Quinn states that 'These four qualities are at the heart of positive human influence, which is generative and attractive' and although he considers the state temporary, he does concede that the more you enter it, the easier is becomes to go there again.

As an Associate Trainer in the MythoSelf Process I found the coincidence between Quinn's characteristics of leadership and the results we achieve consistently in our work really quite striking.

For those of you who are curious, you'll find more, including a downloadable pdf at www.deepchange.com.


 Some past articles

In the beginning


Moments of Greatness

Your Right Foot (with free audio download)

Change your life in West Sussex! (with free audio download)

Demolition and re-construction


Parents, Teenagers and the Mythoself Process