2021 10 08

Heard of hell week?

I just had a hell month. This autumn, September just flew by. I have never had so much to do, and I’m totally grateful for the opportunities presented to me by my clients and partners. It comes as the same time as a puppy enters my family (and office), my youngest son starts a new school and my wife starts a new job. And now, out on the other side where I’m grateful the light in the tunnel wasn’t a train, it got me thinking…

Thinking of sustainability and happiness. September was definitely not sustainable for me. In terms of workload, responsibilities, and nurturing relations that I care about. It struck me when I had a free Monday this week and took a two hour walk in my forest with my dog. The serenity there. I hadn’t experienced it in a long time. Suddenly I was back mentally in that state that made me so happy about running my own business, prioritizing freedom and happiness. 

As a coincidence, one of my friends Stefan Kristoffersson shared the pod Stigfinnare with me and a specific episode where Göran Gennvi participates. I am certainly not alone in my longing for woods, mountains and wilderness. And there are great examples of how we can borrow nature for a pause that increase the opportunity to make good decisions and take responsibility for our actions.

I’m so happy that me, Siri Wikander and Niklas Lindhardt pulled through our joint venture Beyond Retreat, bringing leaders to Fulufjället National Park in August this year for reflection and to challenge leadership authenticity. And we have already decided to do it again next year! Taking applicatons already, so if you’re interested, go have a look here

And it doesn’t end here! A couple of weeks ago I met with Anna Eliasson who lives just nearby and who wanted to invite me to think together about how we could borrow the nature just outside our front doors to facilitate decision making and leadership development. With inspiration from the Aboriginees, we might offer walkabouts (more on that next post) to leaders in the great Gothenburg area.

I’m reloading. With fun new projects and collaborations. My digital studio at Garveriet  is still part of my workdays, and when my partner at CoCreate, Fredrik Hörlyk asked me if I’d do this September again, the answer is actually yes, but on my terms and with my back to a tree.

Johan Norrfjärd
I work with people driven business development. Simply because I want to give momentum to the right kind of transformation. The transformation coming from vertical development that creates a better world for current and coming generations. I strive for trust, happiness and freedom in all collaborations and co-creations.
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