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? …


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

When we’re taking ourselves, our family, friends, and/or colleagues through a series of events, so often we can become focused on just that one thing. Whether it’s a daily routine or a special exercise or experience, our dominant thought is the primary job at hand. Our lives are not one dimensional and we have a multitude of directions that we all travel in during the passing days, months, and years. Here we simplify this into five dimensions of life that each require a leadership mentality in order to fully compliment. Taking a holistic approach though these directions can maximize our prosperity. If we go aimlessly into any of these areas of life then the effect is on the entire outlook, not just where we don’t focus on. …


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

Let’s face it, we like some people and we don’t like others. There is always a factor of taste at play, we find some characteristics more amicable than others at different ratios. However, there comes a point where an individual is or is not good at leading. We can all be managers, setting guidelines and telling people what to do is easy. Provided we have the money to pay them, that is. But what is the difference between a leader and a manager? A leader doesn’t just manage, they literally lead the way. What does that mean? It means that the people they lead are happy and willing already. They don’t need extra incentives to get up and work. A leader makes people passionate about what they are doing. People don’t like leaders who they don’t like as people and that is where many managers fail. They forget their manners and start making people feel awkward and uncomfortable. They are generally rude, overbearing, and manipulative individuals who we grow to dislike. Ugh. Be a leader by not being like that. …


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

Sometimes we know that we want something different but we don’t know where to start. Our dreams are reflected in a muddy puddle that seems to swirl and distort while reflecting not only our dreams but those who stand beside us and also stare in. With all the commotion, it’s no wonder the vision isn’t crystal clear. How can we see better? Let’s apply some filters and lenses to truly catch a glimpse of what we can already almost see.

What Do You Enjoy?

This is the most important thing and we have to be able to tell the truth. We can only aspire to better peace of mind and security by applying ourselves in something that we enjoy. It might seem like a neat trick to do some uninspiring task for a few hours each day but have you considered what you are missing out on? Have you thought about doing this for the rest of your life? What kind of life do you want? So whatever we have to do to get by is one thing, but when it comes to building your personal vision you need to think about you. …


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

The world is full of opportunity. The thing is, most of us can’t see them all. We are taught to be obedient and quiet, we are taught to always do what the manager says. This is where we begin to stop seeing opportunity. Like spoon-fed babies, we become strapped into a chair and put into the system. Opportunity mindset means having the imagination and confidence to see how the present moment holds the pathway to furtherment.

The pre-defined lifestyles offered to us by organisations are suitable for a lot of people, selling our time in return for social-safety is usually a good offer. Not everyone is suitable for this though, people with unusual personalities and people with strong emotional sensitivity can find this kind of lifestyle toxic. The workplace can contain many triggers for mentally ill people, too, many people with anxiety report that using the telephone is highly stressful. …

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Rowan Blair Colver

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

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