There are two voices in life and leadership, a rational voice and an intuitive voice.

We are born with an intuitive voice. Then we are programmed to develop (overdevelop?) the rational voice in school. The rational voice then takes over our lives and becomes our driver. The internal voice is lost.

In midlife, many leaders achieve career success but create a disconnect within themselves and they have lost their inner voice.

Then mostly through crisis, burnout, job loss, a divorce, an accident, the ‘’success’’ that was created is taken away. The huge gap then becomes visible because of the tangible results of the external worlds that are gone, fallen down, or broken and the internal world that was lost.

This gap then becomes the new reality… uncertainty, doubt, confusion, depression… not knowing what is the next step in life and career.

Often addiction arises to cope with the darkness that arises during these periods.

Then if you are lucky ‘’the internal journey starts’’ the journey to the inner voice, soul searching, what is the meaning of my life, what is my purpose? All coming back to the inner voice that was lost during childhood but not knowing where to start this journey or how to align both internal and external worlds in a practical way.

Can’t we just change the way we teach our kids so that they don’t lose their inner voice?

Every person, every leader, every manager has a gift inside. Can’t we just nurture the gift in every person so that they can do good for themselves, do good for people and do good for society?

We have a long way back home…

Are you ready for your journey?


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Raf Adams

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