We all get stuck, particularly those of us who try to help others get unstuck.
I know when I’m getting stuck when I find myself repeating the same message in creative new ways. It means I’m not moving on, I’m making camp.
Amongst those I know are those who notice, who can’t be fooled, will call me out and move me on. I value them enormously.
Some of them I don’t know personally, but they have a talent for communicating that I get the same kick as if I did.
I was reminded of this listening to Margaret Heffernan on Radio 4 “Thought for the day” on Sunday. A good way to spend ten minutes listening to here challenge the ease with which we accept what we’re told.
Charles Handy has been a mostly unwitting mentor all my working life. A gentle but incisive philosopher of business, I find his work has a way a centring me when I’m stuck.
Rumi, Marcus Aurelius, Antoine de St Exupery. These are just a few amongst many. What I value is their honesty, their lack of lecturing or trying to be right. They question themselves as much as me, and in doing so create a way forward.
In the times we find ourselves in, a search for answers is much less productive than finding those asking great questions.
You don’t have to know them, just make space to spend time with them.