Our work is influenced by real ‘Thought Leaders’. These are different from charismatic people, so-called commercial ‘influencers’, or the self-styled social-media ‘thought leaders’ who send existing ideas to their ‘followers’. We believe everyone can and should be their own thought leader for their own well-being, their organisation’s viability and the general good in society.
That puts focus on How We Think – not on telling people what to think – and our inspiration is drawn from what we call our ‘Source Thinkers’ who contributed major ideas to our lives.
John Maynard Keynes
John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) is our first source of motivation and the person we seek to honour with our name. He is a rare example of someone who went through the struggle of escape from old, powerful ways of thinking to develop a new way of thinking about the business economy in a world of fundamental uncertainty.
Hannah Arendt (1906 – 1975) is also one of the most important thinkers about thinking of the twentieth century. She showed us how to think about the unprecedented and, like Keynes, to live at uncertainty including especially how we can relate to each other in public spheres.
Robert Kegan (1946 – happily still with us) is a creator and a foremost thinker about how as adults we can continue development of ourselves as meaning makers over our lifetimes. The implications of his ideas for the self, organisations and society underpin our methods.
Amor Mundi – Love of the World: For all the awful difficulties Arendt saw in the 20th Century she continued to love the world in all its diversity: “What is most difficult Arendt is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it.” This spirit of humanity combined with independence of thinking about human affairs and moral courage to speak truths characterize our Source Thinkers.
Arendt’s powerful metaphor of ‘thinking without banisters’ conveys the thrust of what we take from our Source Thinkers about constructing and growing the ‘Leadership Mind’ and designing the ‘Leadership Experiences’.