Big Issues Need Fierce Leaders

In the context of an increasingly complex, digital, information-in-140-characters-or-less world filled with “us vs. them” dynamics, we can oh-so-easily get caught up in the mess and ignore the opportunity we have to lead the change. We travel to our next meeting or class or appointment while simo-checking our twitter feed and talking to a friend on the phone; we schedule ourselves in back-to-back meetings because we want to feel productive and relevant - or we don’t, for the same reasons; we ask our manager for new opportunities to learn and grow only to be met with a “be patient!” or an “All in good time!”

And then we go home to our dark apartments with wilting plants and mail in our mailbox that we haven’t checked in a week, and wonder why it feels like a metaphor for our lives; empty - or not - but certainly unremarkable.

It doesn’t have to be like that.  We don’t have to be caught in the maelstrom.  We can own the future by grabbing and molding it into a vision we create for it.

We can be fierce and fly.

At wolf & heron, we design experiences that develop the skills of influence and leadership to make an impact and shape the world we live in.  We offer immersive workshops that provide opportunities for self-discovery, empowerment, and straight-up transformation.  We also provide one-on-one coaching to dig deep and uncover the unique leader within you.

Kara and I founded wolf & heron on the fundamental belief that the untapped potential of all of us, if unleashed, could tackle the big issues of today.  Let’s face it… the problems we’re trying to solve ain’t gettin’ any easier.  Here are just a few examples:

  • Health: Cancer treatments are becoming hyper-specified to the genome level.  This makes them theoretically more effective, but also means that every case is its own ball of yarn.  Or, forget cancer and take a trip to the developing world.  Three words: Multi-drug Resistant Organisms.  Yeah… that.
  • Environment: Uh… climate change.  ‘Nuf said.  We’ve got countries, politicians, educators, public health administrators, industries, advocacy groups… you name it!  They all have different agendas, different expectations, and even different sets of beliefs guiding their motivations.
  • Population: So yeah… we’ve outgrown the capacity of our earth to sustain us.  That sounds like a biggie.
  • Politics: At least here in the U.S. we’ve got such a polarization of the population both ideologically and geographically that we’ve essentially grown into two distinct worlds that have almost no interaction with each other - no wonder it’s so hard to reach across that proverbial aisle.

So yeah… big issues.  And big issues need Fierce Leaders bold enough to take them on.

Our mission is to unleash these fierce leaders into the world
- one person at a time.

What’s the big issue you care about?  What do you need to become a fierce leader and take it on?

-- Stephanie Judd, Co-founder, wolf & heron