Seriously journaling I started while attending a workshop on leadership with Peter Senge.
Ralf Lippold

With an incident today (actually a pattern that reoccured for the second time over the time span of two years) I’d take a shot to not just do a journaling on what has happened.

It will be rather short and be directly written as the thoughts on the following 10 questions (set in the u.lab preparation course last year) which are called “Guided Journaling”.

  1. Where in your environment and context do you see examples of absencing (denying of reality)?
    Seeing a group of young leaders almost crushing due to mistrust, lack of leadership within despite the fact that all individuals are dedicated towards one common goal (reminds me of the story of “DEC is Dead, Long Live DEC” by Edgar H. Schein)
    Being part of a group working on a management innovation, only to learn that the energetic initiator and leader is using the group as a free learning ground to build his own consulting business from that (that is the example I have refered in the entry text).
  2. Where in your environment and context do you see examples of presencing (the best possible becoming reality)?
    The group of 1. is resettling itself for common ground and trust after some ‘humble inquiry’ and questions from me led to positive impact and actions by individuals in the group.
  3. Where in your own behavior do you see examples of absencing?
    Getting disappointed as in the second example of 1. often leads me considering to leave the group or initiative. Staying present, reflecting on the emotions that go through me, and rethinking of what could be if the essential questions/doubts are talked out together pulls me either back in directly, or let me hang in (not letting an energy drain happen).
  4. Where in your own behavior do you see examples of presencing?
    Seeing others act as myself in 3. helping them to refocus their perspective on reality and learn through their emotional and leadership challenges.
  5. What in your current work and life are your most important sources of frustration?
    Seeing that initiatives from about a decade ago are lost to common knowledge either as digital spaces are abandonned, servers moved, or protagonists leaving to other places in the country.
  6. What in your current work and life are your most important sources of energy?
    Having started writing a decade ago (initially about personal experiences during a conference on lean thinking I had led) on various digital platforms, whether blogs, LinkedIn, XING, and social media outlets has created a repository of memories, connections, people and knowledge that makes sense over time. These writings mirror the development and achor points in my life as well as turning points in society and the business world on a local basis.
  7. Where in your work and life right now do you feel the future?
    I have experienced the 1987 stock exchange crash, the downturn of “The Wall” in 1989, the DotCom-Crash in 2001 and most recently the financial crash in 2008/2009 when I had moved out of a “safe” work position.
    Sensing that something is going to happen, especially as local businesses are closing, and established ones are not yet able to fully transform their organizations towards the challenges of the digital age. The potential is certainly there (not just in this part of the country, but everywhere). *
  8. What is your sense of your highest future possibility?
    Being a helpful enabler of a positive transformation to make the large-scale change swiftly happen is where I have found myself in the past, and see myself in the future.
  9. What is the intention and question that you might want to bring into u.lab 1x starting in September?
    Honestly I am still thinking about whether, in which extend and why to participate in the next run of #ulab which will be my 4th (not counting a participation of the Global Classroom in 2010 and the GIZ “Leadership for Global Responsibility” MOOC in 2012 which were both sort of prototypes for the now existing MOOC “u.lab — Leadring From the Emerging Future”)
  10. Who might be other friends or collaborators who you could invite into this journey, who might help you bring your intention for the future into reality?
    This is something I am not ready to share here, and let time, my guts and shaped serendipity to decide to happen.

This has been a personal ride into the past, and perhaps it has brought some thoughts in your mind to resonance. If yes, please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts.