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—Releasing fear and need for power, control, andapprovalWith initiating, one delves deeply for inner knowledge, to bepresent and to trust oneself on examining one’s dissonances. Theaim of the work in this phase is to release evaluation and judgmentof self, others, and circumstances. It is important to acknowledgegifts and resources and to trust that life and work are perfect asthey are.Complexity Leadership|Nursing’s Role in Health-Care Delivery163
Visioning, putting energy and passion into finding one’s purpose, isdifficult before the initiating process is completed. Resolving tenden-cies to be self-critical must come first. Trying to be energized and in-spired while at the same time being self-critical puts one in a state ofcognitive dissonance, unable to move forward and having diminishedenergy. Once one is mostly free of this, then one can become consciousof one’s sources of energy and interests. One is open to looking for in-spiration and visualizing the best future.The work of claiming involves the actual doing of one’s chosenwork, from planning through execution. There is a caution here, how-ever. Three threats to claiming may exist: too much need for powerand control, being fixated on results, and needing to look good. Theseclearly will get in the way of one’s journey to complexity leadership.They are traits that are in opposition to such complexity thinking asdistributed leadership, self-organization, uncertainty, and forming richrelationships.Celebrating is the next phase. Individual and collective energy areenhanced when people celebrate, appreciate, value, and acknowledgethe work they do. The appreciative inquiry process is an example of afulfilling celebration process.There are two aspects to letting go. The first is relationship-based:effective communication that leads to resolving difficulties andpainful situations with others. The second is the inner work of releas-ing childhood wounding, the fundamental dissonance that can be un-covered with deep personal self-reflection and a commitment to theNoble Purpose process. So much of letting go is noticing—being self-aware of responses and reactions. Are there times when you do notengage because of fear of failure or disapproval? Do you use power,control, or manipulation to achieve results? Are you able to be con-gruent in your communication, both disclosing feelings and givingconstructive feedback?Noble Purpose is a form of inner work. Inner work prepares lead-ers to enter into groups and relationships from a more centered per-spective, to be calm, open, and present even when there is conflictand chaos. Often, inner work—for instance, a personal decision tochange behavior toward another—may yield results even beforethere is an outward change in behavior, so powerful is the effect ofpersonal being and awareness on relationships with others.

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jmccollum
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