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I focus on a way of thinking that can produce the following game changing shifts:
- away from: linear orientation (cause and effect) ... toward: systems orientation (contributing factors)
- away from: blame (others) ... toward: responsibility (self)
- away from: stress (pursuit) ... toward: calm (enjoyment)
I believe that leaders have the power to change the world
This power is reflected in TH90 the symbol for the element Thorium discovered in 1828 by Swedish chemist Jons Jacob Berzelius. Thorium is named after Thor, the Norse god of Thunder.
Thorium’s radioactivity is the largest single contributor to the Earths Internal Heat. The average human body contains 40 micrograms of Thorium. Thorium metephorically represents an internal power source that is available to all leaders.
Although Thorium is very powerful it is also highly reactive. High functioning leaders have an ability to contain their reactivity while remaining open to new information and diverse perspectives. The ability to remain both open and contained develops through a focus on self in relation to the emotional forces within a system.
Thinc outside the box
My approach to leadership development is grounded in an understanding of the forces of nature that drive human functioning. Bowen Theory represents a monumental shift away from standard individual theories of human behaviour. The theory and its application produce outside the box shifts in personal and professional functioning.
I strive to reach 90 and to help others do the same
Murray Bowen developed a "scale of differentiation" that places human functioning on a scale from zero at the low end to 100 at the high end. I refer to differentiation as "Emotional Maturity".
People with Emotional Maturity of zero have not developed any sense of self and are incapable of being an individual in a group. A person with an Emotional Maturity level of 100 can be a fully distinct individual within a group and neither fosters nor participates in the irresponsibility of others.
A person functioning at an Emotional Maturity level of 90 is:
- principle oriented and goal-directed
- sure of beliefs and convictions
- capable of hearing and evaluating the viewpoints of others and can discard old beliefs in favor of new ones through a process of rational integration
- mostly unaffected by either praise or criticism and looks inward for validation
- responsible for self and sure of responsibility to others
- able to tolerate the intense emotionality of others without sacrificing principle to accommodate immature needs.
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