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January 26th, 2010 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Philosophy, Psychology

Today I considered engagement and what it means to live an engaged life. This is a way of living and being that I have explored for years, but today at the Men’s Leadership Development Week at the Wright Leadership Institute the deeper meaning of engagement as a way of being began to become more clear.

To say “way of being” is to use language with the tones of existential philosophy, but to use it in a practical, living sense, not solely an intellectual sense. Choice is one of the primary existential principles of living, and engagement is a choice.

In existential terms, it is a choice of being or nonbeing, a choice of living or not living, at least in the sense that to be alive is to be conscious and aware of oneself and one’s internal and external states and feelings. Engagement in this sense is to be or not to be.

In daily terms, being and nonbeing is not so lofty as it may sound. It’s picking up the phone to make a cold sales call–or not. It’s telling your spouse that you’re angry and why–or not. It’s correcting an employee–or not. It’s asking someone to lunch–or not.

In any of those acts, there is a risk–the risk of rejection, or nonbeing. And with risk there is fear.

So engagement becomes facing fear and having mastery over fear. Think of when you have faced a fear and how satisfying that feeling is. That is the satisfaction of engagement.

For there is also a yearning or desire to have something more that leads to the decision to engage–or not.

Engagement is a fuller expression of self, a choice to be oneself, as opposed to a simple act. We are aiming to be fully engaged.

I have missed a lot of the subtleties here and a broader context of leadership development. More on engagement to come.

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Ideal State

January 23rd, 2010 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Business

Tomorrow kicks off the annual Men’s Leadership Week at the Wright Leadership Institute. Throughout the coming week, a highly committed group of leaders, including me, will meet to define their goals for the year and refine their visions for themselves, business, at home, and in their communities.

The primary tool we use is the Ideal State Action Planning (ISAP) process. Read about how it works in “Discovering Your Ideal through the ISAP” in the Canright Communications blog.


India Return

January 6th, 2010 by Collin Canright | No Comments | Filed in Personal

My friends returned from India today, back from travel to sacred sites. My wife Christina and I met them at the airport this morning, for the arrival of their 4:44a flight from Dehli. Several of our other friends from our Wright Leadership Institute community were there as well, watching the O’Hare International terminal wake up for the day as we waited for our friends to move through customs.

Sacred travelers from the Wright Leadership Institute return from India, O'Hare International Terminal

Sacred travelers from the Wright Leadership Institute return from India, O'Hare International Terminal

They set up their PA, and we circled up for a few minutes to hear about their travels, both the outer physical journey and the sacred emotional inner journey. I heard about New Years Eve on the Mother Ganges River, as a celebration of life amidst the fires of the dead–they saw the same full blue moon I marveled at here in Chicago.

Later this evening, I heard in more details from two other travelers. I was struck about lessons in service and general goodwill in the face of discomfort and distress and by the power of emotional presence that makes what would otherwise be the details of a story into an intimate experience of personal expression.