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This Is the Time to Shift Your Center of Gravity
One day several years ago, I was looking for something interesting to watch on Netflix when I discovered the documentary film InnSaei. Have you seen it? If not, I highly recommend you do. It’s no longer on Netflix, but the DVD is widely available.
InnSaei – the Power of Intuition (or The Sea Within), is a wonderful and captivating documentary film written, co-directed, and narrated by Hrund Gunnsteinsdottir.
In the film, Hrund shares her story of working at the United Nations in a dream come true career that led to disillusionment and burnout. A not uncommon experience that many of us experience at one time or another in today’s modern world.
Determined to find new answers, Hrund takes us along with her on a fascinating journey as she travels the world to meet with experts. In the film, she explores our ability to be creative, compassionate, and connected in a world of distraction and stress.
Fortunately, I was able to get in touch with Hrund and she agreed to an interview. As I think about my interview experience with her, there were two big ideas that I found most intriguing:
First, what does it mean to shift our center of gravity?
Let’s say you have a workplace that’s been around for decades. You’ve been doing things that are traditional and now you need to be innovative. You need to do things differently, so that’s shifting the center of gravity in the way that we approach work – and I think that’s what we’re all going through in one way or another. It means we are exploring, learning and asking questions together.
Second, when I see a sparkle in people’s eyes, I know something wonderful is happening.
I remember walking the hallways of the Palace of Nations in Geneva one day, and I would look for a sparkle in people’s eyes. I very seldom found it. When I see a sparkle in people’s eyes, I know something wonderful is happening, at least partly – because of course life is never perfect. I realized that that was an energy I wanted to see and feel, and be a part of.
Of course, there’s a lot more in the full interview. While I can no longer make the full interview online due to my agreement with my publisher, you can catch the highlights I found most interesting in the presentation 13 Key Insights on Shifting Our Center of Gravity.
Read this work. It certainly shook up my understanding of what can be.
Tony HeathLean Consultant
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Everybody has different assumptions ⎜@dancres
How is your work and business playing a creative role in society? ⎜Vanessa Jane Smith
Always Buy What the Kids are Sellin’⎜The Monday Morning Memo
Treat a Workplace as a Community⎜Apress Blog
The Power of Pull ⎜Hagel, Brown and Davison (Basic Books, 2010)
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