Our Leadership philosophy is: “Leadership is neither born nor taught, but circumstance calling forth a champion” We address the problem of Leadership being confused with Management, which is important as the two are polar opposites. Management may be given, but Leadership must be taken. Leadership is not a trade, or a diploma, or even a job title. It cannot be 'learned', like accounting. It manifests as an understanding and a capacity, which can only be developed through field leadership experience. It is expressed through an individual's unique qualities. We help you understand what Leadership actually is, by removing the massive confusion created by academics and consultants who have no recognised field Leadership experience to draw on. We enable you to be ready to lead, because Leadership calls you when you least expect it, to do things you never dreamed of where there are no rules, no guidelines and no guarantees. Tomorrow’s rapidly changing world promises nothing but increasing complexity and uncertainty, and demands extraordinary new Leadership. Many will be called, and you need to be one of the few who is ready to answer. Earle de Blonville is the pioneer of a radical new leadership system that will change everything. Combining insights from Arctic exploration, ancient wisdom, scholarly research and C-Suite coaching, Earle is committed to your Leadership evolution for a new world. Earle’s work has inspired accolades from experts: “Timeless insights into the hidden dimensions of leadership” - Sir Ranulph Fiennes, explorer and author. “Fully captures the reality of leadership” - Dr Iain McCormack, polar psychologist. “Deep insights into complexity and unpredictability” - Sir Gustav Nossal, Emeritus Professor “Reveals that leadership cannot be taught, and no leader is infallible” - Richard Gilmore, Executive Director
Our Coaching Philosophy is: "γνῶθι σεαυτόν". Which means: 'Know thyself'. This Ancient Greek wisdom, from the Temple of Apollo at Delphi (700 BC), guides our approach to Coaching. But this is not the only voice. Socrates (d. 399 BC): “We appear ridiculous when trying to know obscure things before we know ourselves.” Plato (d. 348 BC): “Understanding oneself enables an understanding of others as a result.” Benjamin Franklin (d. 1790): "There are three things extremely hard: steel, diamond, and to know one's self” To meet today's increasing turbulence of complexity and uncertainty, and manage its impact on those relying on us for leadership, we first need a solid base of self, just as trees need deep roots to survive strong winds. Rudyard Kipling wrote: "If you can keep your head while all those about you are losing theirs; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you". And that is the leadership challenge tomorrow's world confronts us with. Earle's coaching has inspired C-Suite accolades: “Earle has been in situations where he has been tested. His experiences have direct analogies to the workplace and he has great empathy for the difficulties of leadership. I have made significant progress as a CEO based solely on Earle’s advice. I highly recommend him as a coach and mentor.” - Jonathan Hutchings. CEO, World Wide Entertainment ‘Earle helped me reduce complex challenges to concise issues. He is tenacious and challenging, holding you to account for action that gets the right results. I have acquired a sense of real strength and self determination and strongly recommend Earle as a senior executive leadership coach.’ - Belinda Gunton. COO, Konekt Workplace Health Solutions ‘Earle brought incredible focus and insight to my leadership development that has allowed my ‘leader within’ to spring forth into action. His personal style is a brilliant balance of confrontation and inspiration and I’m yet to discover anyone who compares as an inspiring and masterful mentor and coach.’ - Darren Heiberg. COO, STA Travel
The future of Leadership is Postformal, the portal to higher adult development. Postformal is currently the most widely used psychological term to refer to higher order thinking. Yesterday’s Old Leadership evolved from industrial era thinking, supporting hierarchical, process-driven organisational structures. Its simple skills-based programs create externalised behavioural performance designed to be measured like machines. Postformal is the opposite of this. It uses higher order thinking, typical of more complex and higher functioning people. Developed initially by Lawrence Kolberg, Harvard Professor of Education & Psychology, Postformal thinking builds on the work of Swiss Developmental Psychologist Jean Piaget. Postformal Leadership itself is revolutionary, the first fully integrated approach to Leadership, although our research indicates that it has probably existed, unrecognised, throughout the ages. We believe that Postformal is the most natural way for people to think, develop and lead. The concept of integrated Postformal Leadership emerged from the Doctoral research of Earle de Blonville, and has been developed into a structure called the Postformal Leadership System. Today, Postformal Leadership is recognised through the development of naturally occurring human qualities. These include complexity, creativity, dialogical reasoning, imagination, intuition, paradox, reflexivity and higher purpose, to name but a few. These qualities emerge as we naturally evolve as human beings. Our integrated Postformal Leadership development program is called 9sails. It will change how advanced Leadership is practiced into the 21st century. 9sails was designed as a highly interactive and self-reflective five-day leadership development program for small groups working aboard a yacht. It is now being developed as an online program. Dr Jan D. Sinnott, Professor of Psychology, and one the great Postformal foundational scholars, says this: "Postformal thought is linked to creative production by virtue of multiple views of reality and its multiple solutions, definitions, parameters, and methods of problem solving. This reveals the essence of wisdom. And Leadership more than anything else requires wisdom."