It was a year or so after the financial crisis of 2008 and I was reading an FT article by Lord May and Andy Haldane titled ‘The Birds and The Bees and the Big Banks’. Although I have always been curious about nature and science this was the first time I considered seeing strategy and leadership through the lense of science.
This article came to me at a time when I was leading The Finance Innovation Lab – a social innovation organization that enables systems change in finance. I was hungry for new ideas and insights on how to build more effective strategies that could accelerate transformational change. This, coupled with my belief that the more aligned we can be to the fundamental principles of existence the more harmony there will be in the world, led me on a path of inquiry – “How can emerging science help to inform and improve our strategies and leadership for change?”
Since 2008, I have been learning more about the new ‘emerging science’ of quantum physics, neuroscience, biology, kinesiology and cosmology and how it is showing us that we live in a fundamentally interconnected world- one that is based on relationships, creativity and potentiality.
I believe that the root of our social, political and environmental crisis stems from an outdated reductionist worldview – that we are all individual atoms bobbing around in isolation and separateness. Scientific thinking and developments of the past have played a significant role in shaping this worldview. So, what if, we choose to embrace what the new emerging science is showing us – would this help to enable a leap to a new worldview of interconnectivity? I believe so!
Embracing new emerging science has radically shifted how I see the world. Working with these concepts, I have developed better strategies and have deepened my leadership in ways that I had never imagined possible.
Through complexity scientists and biologists such as Orit Gal, Jean Boulton and Rupert Sheldrake, I have learnt about natural complex systems of oceans, bees and rainforests. This has helped me to see the world through the view of relationships, emergence and wholeness. In my strategies for change, I look for patterns and new niches of development. In my leadership, I have learned to understand and pay attention to relational dynamics. I cultivate fields of morphic resonance.
Through people who study kinesiology such as Lynn McTaggart and Dr Masaru Emoto, I have learnt to sense energy and direct energy flow. My practices include setting intention, designing divergent and convergent processes into meetings and cultivating people with higher resonating energy frequencies. I look to find energetic ‘acupuncture points’ that can release energy for change.
Through quantum scientists and philosophers such as Jazz Rasool, Jeremy O’Brien and Amit Goswami, I have learnt that truth is subjective based on the viewer and what is being viewed is ‘a moment frozen in time’. I have designed impact and evaluation strategies to cultivate the collection of multiple truths and have learned to hold impact measurement lightly given its subjectivity. I place an importance on understanding and questioning context.
Through neuroscientists such as Joe Dispenza I have learnt more about how the brain works and how we can require our brains to change not just our behavior but also our own biology! In my strategies, I design processes that invite in different senses, emotions and practice – all of which work with the neuroplasticity of our brains. I understand more about the power the limbic brain and how as a leader getting to ‘why’ is so critical in influencing change.
I am grateful to all of these scientists, philosophers and practitioners who have helped me to see the world in a brand new light. I am a better leader because of the time that they have contributed in helping me to apply new science thinking to my improved strategies for change.
However, looking back on it - I wish there was a way I could have fast tracked my learning – how could I have gleaned these rich insights in 1 year – rather than 8 years?
I wish there was a central resource hub I could go for articles, books, case studies, videos and events about emerging science.
I wish I had regular access to some of these thinkers to be stimulated by ideas and their thinking.
I wish I could help them in return by providing a practice ground to test and apply their thinking in new ways and to give them visibility in their work.
I wish I had an learning space where, with peers, we could help each other think through strategies and application of new emerging science thinking.
So it is my intention to see how I can help other leaders of change, people like me who are wanting to make a quantum leap in their leadership and strategies. People who want to enable even greater harmony in the world for people and planet.
It is with this intention that in 2017 I will start to convene conversations, community and co-inquiry around “How can emerging science help to inform and improve our strategies and leadership for change?”
If these reflections resonate – please do get in touch - I’d love to hear from you!