change leadership & management

Incomplete Invitations and New Forms of Leadership

Loving Chris Corrigan’s post on Interior Transformation. These two excerpts in particular (emphasis mine)….

I once had a very good friend and teacher, Bob Wing, point this out to me.  We were together in a small Open Space, and we were in different conversations.  In my conversation a small group of us cracked a vexing problem by stumbling on a new map that seemed to make a great deal of sense in describing where we were.  It was exciting and we were fired up.  When we shared this map back with our colleagues, they listened politely to our exuberance and then Bob very calmly looked me in the eye and said “I like it.  I like it a lot.  But I don’t trust it, because I didn’t help create it.”  Where we thought we had produced a solution, Bob reminded us that at best we had merely produced and invitation, and that our exuberance for our own experience of transformation had made that a very bad and incomplete invitation.


We are trying to teach and learn about a form of leadership and being together in organization and community that innovates with more diversity than we are comfortable with, to build relationships that can hold more confusion that we are comfortable with, so that we can develop solutions that will have effects that we can only imagine.  I don’t know any other way to develop the capacity, person by person, to survive the external transformations that are upon us.

Sweet, rich thoughts Chris.