Totality of Leadership

February 28, 2011
Hosted by John D. Schmidt

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Episode Description

ZOOM’D host John Schmidt opens an exploration into the “Totality of Leadership,” a further step in considering the nature of wholeness in leadership and the true, free, and full expression of leadership in the world. The show builds on the Three Journeys of Freedom described in the previous week and approaches the subject of leadership totality in two parts: Part One, the rational case for why a more full view of reality and leadership is needed and what recent research is showing about the real needs of leadership to address complexities of the world; and Part Two, domains that comprise the Totality of Leadership—a view of totality that might be taken, the totality of being that pervades the three journeys, and the totality of practice that is pointed to so well by Thich Nhat Hanh: “Peace is all around us. It is not a matter of faith; it is a matter of practice.” Join John as he continues to look inward while holding tangible realities of the era of extraordinary change in clear view.

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John D. Schmidt

John D. Schmidt

John D. Schmidt is the founder and CEO of Avastone Consulting, an international consultancy committed to the vitality and sustainability of client organizations and the larger global community. He serves as advisor to global corporations and nongovernmental enterprises, and is a thinker, designer, and practitioner in integral approaches to complex challenges and human development.

John’s expertise offers a rich foundation for ZOOM’D. He is a seasoned consultant with 30 years experience in getting to the heart of matters, discerning what is really going on, and framing appropriate actions. He focuses on deep understanding—listening for surface realities—and deeper truth. He makes sense of complexity, integrating the long view with the here-and-now.

John values the interiority of life and how the developmental nature of mindsets shapes the world we live in—across economic, social, and environmental arenas. He is dedicated to his own growth and contemplative practice, spending 25 days per year in retreat. He is creatively gifted in developing other leaders through deep immersion experiences.

John serves as guest faculty and contributor to learning institutes, universities, and community service organizations. He is a board member of the SHIFT Foundation (which develops young global leaders) and Kosmos Journal (a voice of global awakening). He passionately pursues active enjoyments of life—he is a road cyclist, skier, fly fisher—and lover of the ocean.

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