Use change to become stronger


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

Inner Leadership is a book about how we too can learn to handle the stress of change and use it to become stronger.

The book shows us how to improve our skill at taking seven essential steps:

  1. Remain calm, centred, and grounded, even in a crisis, and connect more deeply with our priorities 
  2. Make clearer sense of the situations we find ourself in
  3. Find more options to move forward
  4. Choose the one that is best for us
  5. Check it against our purpose and values to maintain direction over time
  6. Describe it in a way that inspires and enthuses us, and the people around us, to do what needs to be done
  7. Maintain that inspiration and enthusiasm as we move forward

For the next 100 days, this blog will bring you key extracts from the book: one post from Chapter 1, one from Chapter 2, 3, 4, and so on.

This won’t cover everything in the book but it will include many of the more than 30 tools it contains.

If you haven’t already read the book this will give you a taster. If you have read it, this will act as a reminder — part of maintaining your practice and increasing your skill.

Once you have mastered all seven steps you will be antifragile: able not only to survive change, but to use change to become stronger.

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 be able to use change to become more focused, more inspired, 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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