Susan considers the weather, the President of the United States’ proposed budget, and the Me Too movement, and finds them all connected. Susan thinks peace is possible and that is not just a child’s hope, but one that's based on some serious work by some serious people: John Hogan, Bill Ury, Scilla Elworthy, Riane Eisler, to name a few. Susan feels that all these people have consensus that peace is in our grasp, and she would venture that it can be within our lifetime. Susan reiterates that the empowerment of women will be key to planetary peace, which would necessitate a move away from patriarchal models in family systems and in organizations, the two building blocks of our world.
Susan would like to explore the connection between organizational culture and building a more peaceful world with Professor Peter Hawkins. Based in the UK, Peter has been working with companies for decades on leadership culture and change initiatives. He is a leading expert in what he calls Systemic Team Coaching. Susan was also trained by Peter and thinks of his training as a kind of the infrastructure for building collaboration in systems, very much like the training she received from the Gestalt Organizations and Systems Designs Programme.
In addition to his professional credentials, Susan would also like to just talk about Peter himself. Susan was really impressed with Peter’s approach to working with executive teams and what stood out for her most was how he gets executive teams to think very intentionally. He would hold their collective grandchildren as a stakeholder when they make decisions and even put empty chairs out for them. Sometimes he would have the executive teams sit in those chairs to consider the implications of their decisions on their collective grandchildren. What would their granddaughters or their great-granddaughters be saying to them about the impact of the decisions they are making? He does the same with invoking the stakeholder of the environment. He likes to be thinking as he says: "Forward, Back, Outside, In".
Peter’s models are brilliant, and Susan believes you will really enjoy listening to this highly experienced and intelligent man talk with great humility about how to bring about what he calls “WeQ” in great depth.
Susan thanks the listeners. Keep an eye out for Peter’s book that will be coming out soon entitled, WeQ and the Urgent Need for Developing Collaborative Intelligence.
Thanks to Scott Grunberg in Portland, Maine, USA, who provides sound and editing.
And to Stephan Grey in New Zealand who is in the peacebuilding field. They have been collaborating and Susan has really enjoyed his insight.
Notes by Mary Grace Donohoe.
Peter Hawkins, is Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School and founder and emeritus Chairman of Bath Consultancy Group and Chairman of Renewal Associates. He is a leading consultant, writer and researcher in leadership and leadership development and an international thought leader in executive coaching, team coaching and coaching supervision.
Over the last 35 years he has worked with many leading companies in many parts of the world, co-designing and facilitating major change and organisational transformation projects and coaching Boards and Leadership Teams. He has helped a number of senior executive teams develop their vision, values and strategy for the future, both in commercial companies, public sector, higher education and large professional service organisations.
He now teaches Coaching Supervision and team coaching in several parts of the world, including leading the Bath Consultancy Group international programme in Coaching Supervision and co-leading with John Leary Joyce the joint AoEC Diploma Programme in “Systemic Team Coaching”
He is the author of several best-selling books including “Leadership Team Coaching” Kogan Page 2011&2014, “Leadership Team Coaching in Practice”Kogan Page 2014; “Creating a Coaching Culture” McGraw Hill 2012; “Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consultancy: Supervision and Development” McGraw Hill 2006 and 2013 “The Wise Fool’s Guide to Leadership” O Books 2005. He is visiting professor in Leadership and Change at the University of Bath, School of Management and in Executive Coaching at Oxford Brookes University School of Management. He is Chairman of Connect Assist and on the Board of a number of small companies and charitable trusts.
He is married with three grown up children and four grandchildren, as well as a range of animals and gardens to look after on his 37 acres on the edge of Bath.