Use change to become stronger


They say a diamond is just a piece of charcoal that has learned to handle stress exceptionally well.

Inner Leadership is a book that shows us how we too can learn to handle the stress of change in ways that make us not only stronger but also more beautiful, more valuable.

It does this by showing us how to improve our skill at seven essential steps:

  1. Remaining calm, centred, and grounded, even in a crisis, connecting more deeply with who we are and our own personal priorities 
  2. Making clearer sense of the situations we find ourself in
  3. Finding more options to move forward
  4. Choosing the one that is best for us
  5. Checking it against our purpose and values to maintain direction over time
  6. Describing it in a way that inspires and enthuses us and the people around us to do what needs to be done
  7. Maintaining that inspiration and enthusiasm as we move forward

For the next 100 days or so, this blog will bring you key extracts from the book one day at a time: one post from Chapter 1, one from Chapter 2, 3, 4, and so on. The order will be muddled, compared with the book, but it will give you a sense of what the book is about. And it will also show you some, but not all, of the more than 30 tools the book contains.

If you haven’t read the book this will give you a taster. If you have read it, this will act as a reminder — support to maintain your practice and increase your skill.

Once you have mastered all seven steps you will have become antifragile: able not only to survive change but to use that change to become stronger, a diamond made in your own image.

Then you can begin to lead the people around you to do the same.

Do you want to become better at handling change? Would it be useful to know how to use change to become more focused, enthusiastic, and stronger? Would it be useful for the people around you to be able to do the same?

Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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You can buy the book here and the workbook here.

(And remember: you don’t learn to swim by reading about swimming, you also need to practice.)

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2 Replies to “Use change to become stronger”

  1. Hi Finn, I dont know how I got here but I did somehow. What a great discovery, I am an inspirational junkie and love to read inspring articles. Looking forward to your subsequent posts on the book. I have subscribed.

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