Start close in,
don’t take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
you don’t want to take.
From “Start Close In” by David Whyte ©.
Invitation to reflect on your journey to date, on what you feel is different now and crucially on the question “Where now?”
Tom’s Reflection on This Question
There are countless ways of asking this question and they all offer something slightly different. Depending on the day we may need a slightly different question to nudge us on our way. Here are some of my punchy favourites:
- What now?
- Where next?
- What is obvious now?
- What is important now?
The key point and the essence of David Whyte’s poem is that the next step is yours to take and that it may be right in front of you. It may well be a step you don’t want to take. And that in itself opens further avenues for exploration and indeed for undoing and unlearning.
The Curious Leaders programme is designed to foster a deep sense of curiosity about who you are as a person and as a leader. It challenges you to reflect on what you can do each day to become a more effective leader. The premise is that before we can truly lead others, we first need to lead ourselves.
It thus ultimately starts with self-leadership. This is about building a practice of reflection and action whereby we become increasingly curious about how our thinking is impacting our actions. This is the first step in building a world in which curiosity shapes leadership.
In this world, leaders aren’t boxed in by traditional thinking or established playbooks. They are open to fresh ideas and diverse perspectives, fostering a culture of exploration and learning. In truth, nurturing curiosity in leadership is essential if we are to address the key challenges of the 21st century.