Fiddling – While Rome Burns …

Is this you? It so often feels like me I have to say. Every day there are reports of ecocide on a grand scale…our planet literally burning to death. Did I light the match – no…have I done enough to stop these and the many other horrors in our world…no.

And before we all rush into the depths of despair, I raise these questions really as a note to self – every day asking myself what else can I do? In what way can I help to lead the transformation of our attitudes, mindsets, and behaviours so that the changes needed are brought about.

We can be forgiven a sense of helplessness given the scale of the task. And yet if we each look in our own ‘backyards’ there’s always something we can do – one business at a time, one team at a time, one community at a time…

We can become true leaders and be uncompromising in our commitment to living through our heart and expressing our love – for our fellow human beings, colleagues and co-workers and for our communities and the wider planet.

We can treat each other with kindness. We can ensure that we advocate and get behind a shift toward real expression of care and consideration in any team, organisation or community we are part of. We can reflect deeply on our choices and decisions and ensure they are aligned with a commitment to the greater good and a better world.

As Jacinda Arden (NZ Prime Minister) has reportedly said ‘empathy and kindness …can drive social change – they aren’t just sentiments, they are tools’. So as we reflect on our own leadership formal and informal, we need to ask ourselves, are we using our full toolkit? Are we (unwittingly) conspiring with actions within our organisations for example that hurt our colleagues or our planet?

Whether Nero really did play the violin whilst Rome burnt or not, the phrase is a useful one as we all find the new level of activism needed to shift our existence to a higher level.

Lorraine Flower
Lorraine Flowerhttp://azzur.co.uk/
As a Corporate change agent, consultant, coach and mentor Lorraine founded azzur and is completely transparent about the spiritual principles on which it operates. Alongside her 18 years as azzur’s founder, Lorraine brings 20 years' service industry experience to bear through her senior leadership roles at British Airways (BA) and Great North Eastern Railway (GNER). It is Lorraine's belief in individual and organisational power for good that gives azzur its raison d'etre. azzur and Lorraine specifically has worked with clients across the business spectrum from financial services, to retail and transport to healthcare an in both the public and private sectors. azzur is focused on developing contemporary, spirited leadership capability, and organisations built on inspiring purpose, empowering cultures and a powerful vision and values. She is championing new models of leadership and organisational development founded on the principles of conscious leadership and writes extensively on these topics.She is a member of a number of global spiritual groups and communities serving the greater good of Humanity and the planet. She works and studies extensively in developing and exploring conscious leadership believing that business leaders are key players in transforming the well-being of the planet and humanity as a whole.