Thought Collaboration // The Wise Advocate
How do you make the right decisions, time after time, in the face of extreme challenges?
How can you foster far-sighted leadership throughout your enterprise?
How do you build the capacity to do better?
What does it take to change the world?
We are thrilled to partner with our friends at Wise Advocate Enterprises, LLC to introduce a new, cutting edge, strategic leadership model into our programs.
How Strategic Leaders use their Brain
The Wise Advocate story, in a nutshell:
There are two types of leadership common today at all levels of an enterprise.
- Transactional – enabling you to make deals, solve immediate problems and please people.
- Strategic – enabling you to challenge existing ways of thinking and accomplish things that others consider impossible, galvanizing people around the organization to do the same.
Each type is linked to a different pattern of mental activity, and an associated brain circuit. Both are habit-forming. By focusing your attention, you can affect what happens in the mind and brain during these critical moments of choice, and over time this determines what kind of leader you can be.
- If you want to be a better transactional leader, cultivate the Low Ground of the mind and brain.
- If you want to be a powerful strategic leader, no matter where you may sit in the hierarchy, cultivate the High Ground of the mind and brain.
The more you do this, and the more self-aware you are while doing this, the stronger the effect. (We call this “refocusing” your attention.)
A great leader balances the Low Ground and High Ground, moving by choice between expedience (solving problems) and strategy (making a better world).
Three forms of mental activity draw you to the High Ground:
- Mentalizing (thinking about what others are thinking, also called having a “theory of mind”)
- Executive function (practicing mental flexibility, complex thinking – “working memory” – and inhibitory control – “free won’t”)
- Applied mindfulness (the pragmatic application of contemplative practice)
Calling on the Wise Advocate changes people; it helps them develop a more strategic, more influential voice in the organizations and communities they belong to.
It also helps them overcome the deceptive messages that travel through an organization’s culture and hold everyone back.
With enough people embodying the inner voice of strategic leadership, an organization can take on a Wise Advocate role in society at large.