|"There are certain things you can only know by creating them for yourself." ...||
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I had an aunt whom I
dearly. And when I was a
whenever I asserted myself (nurtured
assert themselves), she would
"But what if you're wrong,
It took me
to locate and undo the damage that did to my sense of
I've struggled at the start of
major direction-changes in
"You got what you got on the Golden Gate Bridge by yourself. There was no guarantee sharing it would work. Now there's overwhelming evidence of the brilliance of your move. But at the time, how did you know you were right?"
Given who I
you to be, there could be two
you have of the
body of work
you've unleashed, and the impact it's had on
could be the
unfolded in the process of
and it's not
and if you hadn't have done it, someone else would have. The second
I want to
(of course, a
can also be a
"Your friends' sense of what you've made available, is awe, astonishment, even gratitude. What's your sense of what you've done?"
It's my argument (at least with certain
and fulfills all
all philosophies, and possibly all
as well - or is at least able to provide what their core missions
their outcomes to be, and then takes them
beyond that, into a totally
realm. On the other hand, blurring the
between any and all of the above, however
may only add unnecessary and unwanted confusion.
"You're on record saying that of all the disciplines you engaged with before creating the magnum opus of transformation, Zen was the essential one. What's your relationship with Zen and the classic disciplines today?"
shows that for the nearly 50 years that you've been bringing forth
24 / 7 / 365,
you've never lagged or
or taken a hiatus or a sabbatical from generating it.
on the shoulders of what came before, and sometimes
on anything that came before.
"What are you working on these days? What chapter are you currently writing?"
to be the
- at least, so far. Something
to me in the
an explanation for which I don't have, which left me
"It's been ten months since I took the Leadership Course from you in Cancun. The vast amount of material you presented (slides, videos, research from business, neuro-science etc) has faded from my memory. Yet I've not ceased newly and ongoingly being a leader and exercising leadership as my natural Self-expression in any situation and no matter what the circumstances. Clearly, realizing this promise didn't require cramming and remembering, the way traditional education does. How did you do that?"
I'm not a big fan of the
that you won't be around
it, actually. With trepidation, I want to
about the changing of the guard, about what it may look like in a
"You're irreplaceable. That said, how do you envision (how will you designate) your successor: a specific individual? a team? an idea?"
The moment people get
is like the pointy base of a huge letter Vee: the
it, onward and upward, the wider apart its sides
and the more
So starting with
the moment of the onset
Today, there's so much going on in your
body of work,
that as an
about?" from someone who doesn't yet
what you do,
fails - on account of a) it preaches to the choir, and b) there's
so much more on offer than just
(although that's the bedrock it's all grounded on).
"There was once a one-word answer to the question 'What's Werner's work about?'. That one-word answer was 'Transformation.'. What one word (or phrase) answers that question today?"
a rich, treasure trove of
and distinctions. In it, there's one
area in which you've been singularly
yourself out of
as the central focus of
allowing it to focus on
who people really are,
and on what's possible for
that without what you've done
we wouldn't be having this
(or any other
either) at all. Really.
"What requisite quality do you personally bring to bear, without which the work could never have become what it is?"
the gates to the temple of
are guarded by two dragons:
is a) things are
OK the way they are
they aren't), yet b)
calls us to
it, which implies a sea change from
the way it is.
this however, the second horn of the
could, I suppose, be implicit in the first.
"Have we reached critical mass? Has the work of transformation impacted (become embedded in) the fabric of society profoundly enough to ensure this conversation will go on forever?"
In the karass (which is a term
Kurt Vonnegut to mean a network or a group of
in which you move, there are
professional athletes, Wall Street financiers,
Silicon Valley whizz-kids,
champion race car
etc, and also many plain ol'
folks just like you and me. In that lofty company, someone must
which was a once-in-a-lifetime zinger that just took
your breath away.
"The Feynman note
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