A senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Senge is the author of The Fifth Discipline. The Journal of Business Strategy (October 1999) named Dr. Senge as one of the 24 people who had the greatest influence on business strategy over the last 100 years. He writes this story in his book:
Integrating Reason & Intuition
“According to an ancient Sufi story, a blind man wandering lost in a forest tripped and fell. As the blind man rummaged about the forest floor he discovered that he had fallen over a cripple. The blind man and the cripple struck up a conversation, commiserating on their fate. The blind man said, “I have been wandering in this forest for as long as I can remember, and I cannot see to find my way out.” The cripple said, “I have been lying on the forest floor for as long as I can remember, and I cannot get up to walk out.” As they sat there talking, suddenly the cripple cried out. “I’ve got it,” he said. “You hoist me up onto your shoulders and I will tell you where to walk. Together we can find our way out of the forest.” According to the ancient storyteller, the blind man symbolized rationality. The cripple symbolized intuition. We will not find our way out of the forest until we learn how to integrate the two.”
In the same manner, integrating the outer-leadership business competencies acquired through formal business training, with inner-leadership qualities of emotional intelligence and self-mastery is essential to finding our way through the complexities of the workplace forest.
Personal mastery, means approaching one’s life as a creative work, living life from a creative as opposed to reactive viewpoint … People with high levels of personal mastery are continually expanding their ability to create the results in life they truly seek. – Peter Senge
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Kamran is an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited experienced Professional Certified Coach (PCC). He focuses on executive and leadership development coaching assignments with multinationals and renowned business schools. Kamran has a deep interest in emotional intelligence, self-awareness practices and executive career coaching.