Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver
Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver

It’s an old adage and one which may sound wrong at first glance. If your customer says they want a return on an item they have just stolen, for example, they are not right at all. So the logic is not immediately accessible in this simple equation. It takes a few things for granted. In the instance “customer”, the phrase refers to a paying individual who is lawful and in their right mind. In the instance “right”, it is in the context of their line in the hierarchy. A customer is the source of the money you are contracted to earn and therefore your citizen director. It is important to note, therefore, these exemptions which help us to further apply the term. So how can we examine the technicalities? …


Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver
Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver

We had a great idea and we put it into practice, things are moving along pretty well. We’ve done a lot of hard work and made a lot of good connections. It feels like we’ve made great progress and yet there is still a tunnel with a light we are trying to reach. Sometimes we can’t see the light and we don’t know where to turn. Often the problem isn’t big enough to immediately know and your ideas and effort are really worthwhile. This can be where we get lost because we have been listening to ourselves for so long. Perhaps it’s time to start listening to others for a change. We had to ignore them as we heard catastrophism and detraction from all sides. Now though, it’s clear that our achievements are real and we have results better than many expected. …


Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver
Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver

It doesn’t matter if you work in a group or on your own, it’s bound to be part of your projects to involve others. There will be those who want to involve you, you probably get messages and see advertisements all the time. People who are on a mission to bring their work to the front of the queue will be on the lookout for help. This is true for me and it’s true for you. This doesn’t have to be a competition, in fact, if we work together, we can achieve a lot more than if we spend time on stamping down other people’s bonfires. The world is full of people who are all looking to get forward with their ideas and projects. If we can position ourselves in a way that allows these people to see us as a means to their own ends then their interest in you will be positive. We of course must be strong and not let people take advantage. We need to be smart and put ourselves in the equation because the chances are other people are not thinking about it. They’re too focussed on what they want and how they will get it. It’s nothing personal. …


Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver
Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver

Asking the right questions can be difficult. Am I helping or hindering with these requests for information and perspective? The right questions are often the most difficult and yet if we avoid them, we can miss our full potential. Inquiring as to someone’s favourite colour and team can be helpful when looking to make friends but when we are working on a creative or business venture, it’s more important to stick to the principles of the job at hand. Let’s look at some questions that can help us to improve our product and methods.

In what areas are you confident with but have had little training?


Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver
Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver

When working with the vision of your project it can be an easy mistake to neglect reality. We are all people with lives that have aspects we struggle with. Negative situations can occur to anyone at any time. Sometimes negative situations are minimal and sometimes they are not. Balance, therefore, is vital for maintaining a human group that enjoys building the future and is satisfied with the work on today. …


Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver
Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver

“Promise me you’ll always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” A. A. Milne.

Innovation and progress take a lot of hard work and courage. We have to let go of the tried and tested in favour of the new and modernised. With new technology and new information, we are able to improve and adapt all manner of things. People are not always happy with the change, it takes effort and has to be understood. We’re not all intellectuals and we’re not all naturally confident. This makes large scale changes challenging to navigate and maintain. We need to be brave and be strong then project these qualities onto everyone else. Together, our shared resolve can hold the entire group as one. This role requires people with larger-than-life qualities about them. People who we naturally look up to, whether it be for their brains or their bodies, are the ones who can project the best attitude. We each have our own idols and archetypes that we feel good about emulating. …


Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver
Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver

When sailing the turbulent ocean of life, we never know how the wind and waves will affect us. We don’t know what other ships are out there, we don’t know what the weather is like over the seventh crest. What we can do is engineer our mindset to be prepared for making the most out of what happens. No-one is successful all by themselves, even if they had the idea and did the work, it depends on many social circumstances and outside factors. The world has to be willing to let you be successful. This is not in our hands. What can we do then so that whatever happens, our direction is always forward? …


Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver
Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver

The world is always changing. Trends shift and priorities over-take one another. New technologies and emerging markets present a continual opportunity. Social regulations change too. The things we are expected to think about and include in our plans are always evolving as we learn more about the diverse and dynamic flow of people in our lives. Organisations and institutions can find this a challenging environment. When people are in routines that work then asking them to adapt for the future can seem difficult. The same can be said for ourselves, do we change our ways because we should or because we must? …


Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver
Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver

Leadership is about making the future happen. It requires us to adapt and alter ourselves and our processes in order to bring about the best foreseeable result. We all likely dream of financial liberation and enjoyable work, once we have those things then everything else would fit into place, right? Well not quite. We have to fit things into place before we get to where we need to be. To cross the river we have to build a bridge. …


Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver
Lucid Leadership by Rowan B Colver

We all like to feel in control, especially of our little bubble. It’s true that having a hands on approach is best, elbow deep and knee deep are the only ways to get a true feel of what we are doing. There comes a point though where we work not just as one person on a mission but part of a larger unit. This unit may have a different purpose to your individual one, with your personal contribution making only a part of what is universally required.

You may be the leader of the unit or just a part of it doing their bit independently from direct control. Whether its your group of friends, a family you live with, or people you work with, this unit requires you to be an effective part of it. We are not in control of this unit or every larger scale unit above that. We can only have our say. How can we say the things that matter most and get back the most? …

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Rowan Blair Colver

Author, poet, blogger, dad, Dr Who fan. bit.ly/RowanBlairColver

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