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.