Late last year I embarked on my second book project with Steven D’Souza, ‘Not Doing’. This follows on from ‘Not Knowing: the art of turning uncertainty into opportunity’, which we published in June 2014.
I’m excited about ‘Not Doing’ as it enables me to explore a topic closely aligned to our work at the Uncharted Leadership Institute, which Andrew Stevens and I founded almost 12 months ago. Our purpose is to develop leadership for a complex world, so what better way to contribute to the thinking and practice in our field than a book about ‘Not Doing’, especially as the world is becoming increasingly fast-paced and uncertain?
In our work we have meet people struggling with the increasing pace of change and constant, draining and excessive busyness. Many feel stretched, overwhelmed, and exhausted, besieged by the demands of complex projects and complex workplaces. They are engaged in a kind of ‘doing’ that is more effort and struggle, rather than a kind of ‘doing’ that comes from a place of presence, openness and aliveness. We think this is not only ineffective and unsustainable, but ultimately ends in stress, anxiety and burnout.
Some questions we are exploring at the centre of the book are:
My hope for this (semi-regular) blog is to share with you some thoughts, ideas, research and stories, as they take shape. It is an invitation to a conversation and an exploration of the world of doing and not doing. As Spanish poet Antonio Machado says, “traveller, there is no path, the path is made by walking”.
Diana Renner is a Director and co-founder of the Uncharted Leadership Institute. She is co-author of the award winning ‘Not Knowing: the art of turning uncertainty into opportunity’, with Steven D’Souza.