BAU Leadership doesn’t work anymore

BAU Leadership doesn’t work anymore

I have been working in leadership roles for the last 25 years as CEO, sales executive, professional executive coach, business owner and teacher and I believe there are a lot of things that no longer work. The world is broken because it is just so complicated. Today’s struggles with decision making are because we are not confident to make them in an increasingly complex world. We are constrained and we strangle ourselves in our own inability to make decisions. We are completely spoilt for choice, to figure out the right model, theory, system, practice, strategy and direction. We can google anything we like so how on earth do we navigate that in business? How can we make decisions with so much “noise” round us? We need our intuition more than ever to guide us. Our intuition, our ” inner tuition” is where we have accumulated understanding from our experiences, insights and reflections. It is a solid operating system as it synthesises, distills and offers clarity around direction and decision making; integrating wisdom into decisions for both practical and tangible outcomes.

So if we have all of this at our fingertips then why does BAU leadership not work any more? Organisations crave certainty to be sure of decisions and direction but it’s not going to happen. Leadership today has to adapt to constant change, embrace and leverage the new every day. When you fix something that is broken, what do you create? Something new. You can never go back.

So how do we create good leadership when we are constantly distracted by internal tasks and external influences every day? There has been much research and around having “EQ, empathy and authentic leadership” as part of an individual’s leadership core critical portfolio. But even with these skills learnt as best as possible, strong leadership continues to be a struggle in organisations across sectors.

It’s time to look through a new lens. What if we could create a 3D intelligence code that could contribute to, inform and grow awareness of all intelligences and what if within this code we could create a cycle of interruption that would interrupt leaders and organisations in BAU, teach them to innovate from new paradigms and instigate new patterns of leading consistently. I have created this ip called OI (Observational Intelligence) It gives us the ability to deal with the overwhelm in a complex and demanding world all while navigating the course in a practical way. I believe this is what has been missing in leadership. Put simply it’s about the journey and the destination….

OI is made up of a number of components – for example behavioural outcomes is one part. The lens gives us the ability to step back and see what is actually going on through an OI filter giving practical perspective on what needs to change, how to do apply and manage the change. I have been working alongside my clients across corporate and government sectors over the past nine months activating their cycle of interruption and we have seen some big shifts in their leadership teams and employees to create collectively powerful organisations with inclusive cultures.

If you would like to know more about the types of programmes I offer please message me through linked in and we can set up a time to chat or contact me through I have opened up my next cycle of leadership programmes and there will be some OI workshop dates released shortly.

Cheers Rebecca

We see the world through the lens of all our experiences, that is a fundamental part of the human conditionMadeleine M. Kunin


Rebecca Morris

Rebecca set up Paradigm Shift in 2011 because in her corporate career she repeatedly observed leaders choosing to let chaos reign rather than work out strategies for effective change. Or put simply – poor leadership.

With a background in educational psychology, roles as CEO, sales executive, business coach, business owner and teacher, Rebecca uses her proven experience and insights along with her practical tool box to get results.

Rebecca observes human behaviour and associated patterns and enables leaders to become present to their patterns through her IP, Observational Intelligence (OI). Rebecca uses her 'cycle of interruption' approach to interrupt, innovate and lead from new paradigms creating collectively powerful leaders and culture-safe organisations.

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