Isn’t the sameAs not having confidence in your position,Its recognizingThat the world is bigger than youAnd has people in it that may haveBetter and brighter ideasThan your own.The quintessential leaderWho always looks like they are in the knowAnd scorns at even the shadow of a doubtMay get our early supportBut if they can’t make roomFor […]Read more "Leaving room for disagreement"
Just the things we didn’t see coming. Reality is complex And every time we engage with it, There are always more things that could happen Than the things we want. When we raise our hands To make a change in the world, We can’t pick and choose The fruits of our labor that we want […]Read more "No such thing as a side effect"
Complication is an easy place to hide.Its tempting to sit on the fenceWhen there aren’t any neon lightsFlashing the obvious answer.Waiting for feelings of certaintyBefore making a move,Shooting down ideasBecause of their infancy,Sighing because realityIs real.Being undecidedDoesn’t stem from muddy circumstancesAs much as it does from cloudy perspectives:Unrealistic expectations,Excessive self-criticism,The need to be in control […]Read more "‘It’s complicated’"
The greats were not the onesWho stood on stages,But the onesThat were waiting in the wings.The ones willing toHave uncomfortable conversationsAnd suffer the consequencesOf speaking truthAnd doing justice.Greatness is not definedBy applause,It doesn’t beginIn a hall of fameAnd it doesn’t happenWhen we’re fighting for our own glory.Greatness comesIn the acceptance of what lifeHas brought in […]Read more "The greats"
The task of humanising the worldIs uncomfortable.Unsettling by natureDisruptive by design.Freirean physics Is counterintuitive. It is the science of innovationThat recognises that to truly changeThe order of things We must first be changed ourselves,Interrogating our own hearts Upending our own way of being human,Finding kinship with our enemy.It turns out that The true tools of freedomAre actually found with the […]Read more "Freirean Physics"
Are kind.They have figured outHow to get stuff doneWithout emotionally dismemberingThe people they’re doing stuff with.They know that half the task of leadershipIs to create a culture of human flourishingFor the humans they are responsible for.It is not superstars we lack;High performing individualsWho can dazzle and amaze,Pulling off exploitsThat few will ever even attempt.No,What we […]Read more "Good Leaders"
Sometimes its not that you hadn’t preparedOr failed to count the cost,Its that you were too certainThat it would work,Too dismissive of the prospect of failure.Its not that you didn’t careIts that you hadn’t anticipatedThat your heart would move onThat your priorities would change.False startsAren’t indications of a fickle characterA weak willOr a deceptive intention,But […]Read more "False Starts"
Is easy. You will know When you have it And you’ll feel it When you don’t. But what about impact? What about the people Who’ve quietly admired you from afar And have found courage and inspiration From seeing your story unfold as it has? Unlike cash, You often don’t know How much of a difference […]Read more "Counting Cash"
Said the womanBefore she threw herselfOff a jagged cliffOf rugged self determination-Pioneering a new wayDoesn’t mean walking alone,The path may be unbeatenBut it doesn’t have to be lonely.And just because no oneUnderstands what you’re trying to doDoesn’t mean you should stop tryingTo find your tribe,Not everyone’s gonna get itThe first few times around.Yes, it often […]Read more "“I’ll do it alone”"
To make lasting change today. Every effort to shift society Faces double layers of red tape- First the resistance of those deeply incentivised To believe in the status quo And then the layer of apathy Of those too cynical to ask for better. Even within the world of changemakers There is an eternal tussle between […]Read more "It takes more than passionate individuals"