Being With the Wilderness Within by Duncan Souchon

The feeling of being overwhelmed, under pressure to perform, and out of a healthy equilibrium is true for many individuals who are in organisational leadership and management roles across the globe today (McKee et al., 2006; Sparks, 2001; Wheatley, 2008). Research that focuses on self-management skills that these individuals can develop is therefore of great value. The sense of purpose and value of today’s organisational leaders is linked to a sense of vision (Lichtenstein, 2012) which helps to drive efficiency in the individual, the organisation, and its systems, and assists with the well-being of individuals and organisations. This sentiment is congruent with what current researchers Scharmer and Kaufer (2013, p. 2) are calling a movement away from ‘ego system awareness’ to ‘eco system awareness’. They note that ‘we are driven by the concerns and intentions of our emerging or essential self that is, by a concern that is informed by the well-being of the whole’.

This ‘well-being of the whole’, or sense of balance and equilibrium, is being called for at all levels of our lives and existence. From global resources and climate concerns, to the feeling of ‘inner place from which we operate’ (Scharmer & Kaufer, 2013) as individuals, business professionals are often the change-makers at the forefront enabling such equilibrium (or disequilibrium), but they also carry the responsibility or burden of the communities they serve. Managing their own well-being as the starting point, before any vision or intent can be actualised, is thus a point of focus for this study. Click here to read entire dissertation.



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We do not go into the desert to escape

people but to learn how to find them:
we do not leave them in order to have

nothing more to do with them,
but to find out the way
to do them the most good.

Thomas Merton-