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For each transition
successive will be
when committed one is
to truth and reality.

−verse 3 of Transforming Trueness (Repose)

The official name of my work and business was conceived two years before beginning actual practice, but the name itself, BasicApproach, represents a laboratory. Practice has been a space for experimenting with what, in truth and reality, is my basic approach.

The basic has evolved into Trueness, undergirded by my voice of love.
The approach has matured into application of such Trueness, my presence with another as I leverage the strength, and gift, of encouragement.

Why do you do what you do?

I do what I do because I love it. I love the creative process of learning and converting such knowledge into practice; a practice of what I do that is then taken by the individual and converted into her/his own authentic practice. This honors my own living methodology of gather, give, and grow (a methodology born in the intersection of my desire and my intent).

Voice as Purpose
Commitment is a fascinating power available to us.

Be warned: once you make a commitment, you place into motion a series of transitions. You need to know that each one is providentially designed to take you deeper into the reality of your Trueness.

Love is my voice as it was given to me. I’ve come to believe love is the basis for each person’s voice in the world. Encouragement is my purpose/brand in the world; how my love is expressed and lived out loud. Love is the firm foundation I can trust. It is becoming my place to stand. Encouragement is the lever I hold in my middle stand that can, and will, move the world. Such gives me purpose. Purpose is interest, and interest creates energy.

Personal purpose brings you into a new confidence. When confidence is low, or missing, look for missing purpose. When you are true and clear, we are led individually to open to, and see, the collective possibilities; a collective future vision begins to become, for us, more organized in the present.

We need a vision to stand by and give support to our actions. I know this sounds like purpose, but it is not necessarily so. Purpose is first individual, and when purpose propels us through our own connective cycle, we then stand firm in the middle and share a vision with you.

We are transformed by an ever-evolving awareness. Our confidence is deepened in action that is connective−bringing together the clarity of application with purpose. Action that is connective is so because it flows in a rhythmic cycle.

Purpose is the foundation of all vision of impact.

If you are the leader everyone looks to for the vision, don’t let them down. If you are one looking to a leader for the vision, give your all to assure clarity and connection. Then together, we can give our individual energy for collective impact.

Together we are transformed, driven by the truth of individual purpose and drawn into the reality of a collective vision.

A poem for your work: Courage Elemental

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Rhythm

As Jen has said, purpose is the embodiment of strengths. Love flows when you lead and live with purpose. In Trueness, you are unrestrained to lovingly lead us from the rhythm of your strengths applied.

Jen and I were in a call with three other important individuals to our own work and rhythm: Dan, Mayra, and Ric. Dan had asked a powerful question causing us each to tell a story of a point of turning in our work; a moment ultimately, for sure, guiding us to deeper context, purpose, and Trueness.

As I listened to the individual answers, and beautiful stories, a story from my journey suddenly crystallized as that definitive pivot. When it came my turn, I told the story. Knowing our final posts in this series would carry a theme of love, and story, Jen encouraged me to write about this point of turning. I did write about this in 2014, but forgive me as I briefly share the story again as we close this series.

Close to a quarter century now, and it still plays in my mind like it was yesterday. Cliff (her nickname) was at our house for a southern supper. She had family in Alabama and had told me how she missed southern BBQ. At the time, I was a manager of a field accounting team. Cliff was my staff specialist and the team’s technical support.

I was on the brick terrace just outside the kitchen tending to the grill and the main course for the southern delight we were about to share. As it was a lovely Ohio evening, the kitchen window was cranked open. Through the window I heard Cliff say to Becky how much the individuals on the team liked working with me. That’s when Becky said what has stayed with me all these years: “Cliff, Jeff loves each and every one of you.”

Becky has always been my rock of support for who I am and what it is I really do, my purpose. She knew then that all I did to lead, support, and develop the individuals in my care was done from a place of love.

If we devote ourselves to the effort to be real, the Universe in all its forms will find us, the way that wind finds leaves and waves find shore. –Mark Nepo

When you finally commit to lead from the rhythm of your Trueness, you can grasp the reality that there is no priority higher than that of your love.

Love, for me, is the creative tension in the Gather, Give, Grow rhythm of my strengths. Love is my voice. To encourage is the strength of my voice. Love flows through the cadence of passion, purpose, presence.

My passion is my desire that you embrace the power of who you are. My purpose draws me toward work, and a way of living, that encourages the loving leader in you. This passion and this purpose bring me into a space with you, to share presence.

The freedom you need to lead in loving rhythm is secured by the privilege of being true.

A Leadership Poem: The PrivilegeR1-06932-0024

 

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Creative Tension – Part 6B of 7

Illuminating Purpose

In his previous post, Jeff asked the question, “What opens your portal to focus?” And again, the irony sets in. There seems to be a never-ending road of “things to do” that are constantly calling for my attention. About the time I get one thing completed, there are five more to fill the space. While many of these “things” are simply the stuff of life, others are bigger, more impactful, sometimes emergency-level. About the time I’m able to identify what I need to focus on, it changes. Without going into detail, let’s just say my family has demanded a LOT of unplanned attention lately. So finding the focus to write this has been rather difficult to say the least. So I thought it was a good time to take a step back and think.

Something I always look for to inspire what I write is a compelling story. The story may be something I’ve read, from a friend, or most often, involving my family. And while there have been some pretty compelling stories in the recent weeks, the inspiration didn’t come. I considered focusing on several different stories that would certainly be appropriate for leaders and the Work of Trueness, such as when I made my teenage daughter read How Full Is Your Bucket after she said something particularly nasty to her younger sister. (She actually enjoyed the book and sisters are back to loving each other again…most of the time!)

Even as I considered this, I kept getting pulled back to a familiar topic, and one I’ve been exploring a lot lately – Purpose. Then I thought that maybe it was a good time to share some of my story.

Change is something that has almost always been “forced” on me. While I had many choices, the need to make a choice was often out of necessity, not a personal desire. My first major transition was joining the U.S. Navy out of college. Then after 10 ½ years, I left the Navy and found myself working in “corporate America”. In 2013, after nearly 13 years, I was one of many impacted from a “reduction in force” (RIF). I was blessed to find my way to my most recent position where I met some great new friends, built strong network connections, and added value in many ways. Then last Fall I was again one of many impacted by a RIF.

“Only through our Trueness do we find congruency with our purpose and the outcomes of our focus.” ~ Jeff Brunson

Purpose. Focus. Trueness. Three very strong components of my current state eloquently brought together in one sentence. In the recent months, as a result of my current situation, I have taken a deeper, more intentional look at identifying and understanding my purpose. Along the way I was reminded that of the 3 Ps of the Work of Trueness – Passion, Presence, Purpose – the one that resonates with me most is Purpose. Through purpose I find passion and can be present with those I engage. However, without a clearly defined purpose, my focus has been a bit … out of focus.

As Jeff said, “Growth is a journey.” Along that journey we GATHER resources to help us navigate. Occasionally we GIVE these resources to others to help them on their journey. And in the giving we help others, and ourselves, GROW.

The resource I share today is one that was shared by Ric Gonzalez. Imperative is an organization “empowering purpose-oriented workers and the organizations that embrace them.” Being the “assessment junkie” that I am, I jumped right in and discovered that my Purpose Type is The Luminary. I provide the tools and resources that help people thrive with the goal of creating a more humane, just and inclusive society. This purpose is the embodiment of my strenghts. This is my imperative. My imperative IS the Work of Trueness!

So with this in mind, I leave you with this….Jennifer 6B

As leaders, we may not always know what, or who, is around the next bend along our journey. And we may not know why certain things happen that may rock our boat. But when we know our strengths and get curious about what the Universe is saying, then take the time to truly listen, the answer will be revealed. Like an optical illusion, this is where we encounter creative tension. Sometimes we need to NOT FOCUS in order to SEE the picture.

In the spirit of providing a bit of illumination on our journey, I share this…

  • GATHER – Take a few minutes to explore what your purpose type is by taking the Imperative assessment.
  • GIVE – Pay it forward. Share with others what you’ve learned and encourage them to do the same.
  • GROW – Embrace your purpose – TRUST yourself!

As a good friend recently reminded me, I am where I am right now for a reason. In that I will discover my purpose. It may be that I need to be present right now as both of my daughters are in the midst of significant transition. And in helping them grow, so will I. After all, I am The Luminary.

“My most meaningful moments take place when my in-depth expertise or latest discovery has a direct impact on an individual’s life.”

ESPECIALLY those I care about and love!

 

Jennifer Rainey  "Strengths Expert"

Jennifer Rainey
“Strengths Expert”

All that Jennifer does is driven by a commitment to help you look inside and identify your passions and strengths. Jennifer is a practitioner and consultant for organizational effectiveness.

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Growth is a Journey

In some earlier writing, I ask a question: What opens your portal to focus? I asked this after stating the answer; authenticity. And, your authenticity–your own good process for focus in the moment–is your cycle of strengths applied to lead others, to influence others, to serve others.

To more steadily walk in the art of focus, you must allow yourself to be held by your Trueness.

The word, and act, of focus is thrown about quite a bit in the work world. Unfortunately, we have placed too much energy in a direction that has our actual action, a multitasking craziness we call focus, more aligned with the antonym of focus versus the true meaning of centering and aiming attention. To focus means to aim attention on a purpose greater than any single success.

Only through our Trueness do we find congruency with our purpose and the outcomes of our focus. In reality, you can only focus when you let go of other, not-so-important, things. Purpose will never be honored, or even found, in a long list infected with busyness.

Genuine growth is found on the path of purposeful focus.

Purpose is centered in, and flows from, your Trueness. In the concreteness of Trueness you know focus and play your part in an unfolding story. The growth you desire–consciously or unconsciously–is natural and enduring when your choices and decisions flow from the center of your authentic self. Focus then becomes how you aim your intention with the power of attention.

“Failing has been exceptionally empowering to me because it has highlighted for me those things on which I must focus my energy.”
–Ric Gonzalez, Woo Woo Leadership

Growth is a journey.
It is an unfolding process that never ends.
For this, be grateful.

The Creative Tension of growth is found right in the middle between your desire and intent as a leader. It is at this living and active intersection where others experience both what you really do and who you really are. To have the impact you desire and intend, you learn to hold the tension of attachment and detachment. Holding as such releases purposeful and focused energy.

To see, hear, and feel the impact of energy released through your Trueness:

  • Gather in support of authentic purpose. Hear the questions of your journey without the immediate urge to answer.
  • Give from your purposeful focus. Be determined in catching what you need in order to properly give, then let go.
  • Grow in purpose by trusting yourself. Know your work is valuable and, when the rare opportunity presents itself, truly hear what is said by those you serve–what they see, hear, and feel because of your impact.

A Leadership Poem: Precipice of Being

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The Path (Being/Doing)

Now I know the path unfolds before me. Indeed it is not always clearly laid out. It is in being that I have the privilege of seeing, and in balanced doing I expend directed energy to clear the undergrowth.

Sometimes (actually often) I need the collegial love of another to remain both clear and energized to steadily walk the path. This is why I work at maintaining a community of colleagues. We support each other’s balance–our individual holding of creative tension.

Recent conversation in this community caused me to again pause and think about the place to which this work has led me.

The Creative Tension (Being/Doing)

Ric Gonzalez and I are enjoying creating our Podcasts. As we talked about the next one, my mind was on the next person we might engage in a conversation. Ric suggested we hold off scheduling the next third-party engagement and record some more together. The question however was where to take the conversation in the next Podcast.

In between the email exchange with Ric and the talk we had scheduled, I spoke with Mayra Porrata. Mayra is a colleague in this blessed community. As she and I talked–always deep, clear, and beautiful conversation–we got around to the place to which our respective work has led.

In Mayra’s view, my work has led me to the 3Ps on which Ric and I have been focused (Passion – Purpose – Presence). She is not wrong. Subsequently however, it occurred to me that the 3Ps are a How, not the What–to what this work has led. These conversations created the brilliant reminder of the What, the place–Trueness!

It’s that simple.

And the Why behind this What of Trueness is Encouragement. It is this what and why where our Podcasts must continue to focus for The Work of Trueness. How we will do this will come to us–it arrives through the energy committed to what & why.

“There you go.”
Settled.
Something I say
when I know
Being
has informed
Doing

Maybe along with “settled” should be “connected.” This is where being and doing work side-by-side, hand-in-hand, and we find ourselves in the ensuing flow of our best.

Acting on your own Trueness strengthens you in the space of Creative Tension; the balance of internal passion and external purpose. Passion drives us. Purpose draws us. The result is the creative tension of presence–balanced being/doing.

Locked into being only we blindly serve unbalanced emotion. Doing only is to be enslaved by too much thinking. We must hold the two and walk a creative path as we see genuine passion, purpose, and presence that free us for leading.

A Poem at WadingtheStream.com: It Comes Together

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Susan is a leader with whom I worked, and subsequently wrote about, two years prior. Since our initial work she found her role expanding in a direction seemingly counter to her deeper purpose. She was thrown off-balance in her stand.

I am privileged to once again become engaged in Susan’s Work of Trueness. In a wise move she has consciously placed her leadership journey into transition. While we have only begun our work together in this transitional journey, I’m convinced of this: The important questions, and true answers, are right in the middle where Susan stands—in her Trueness.

Coach Judy (my Coach) calls it your Why it Matters. This energy is definitely the source of A New Confidence. What’s new about such confidence is its demand to hold together assurance and action; and to hold in a place, as Susan calls it, Being Genuine.

Then, as now, Susan has a deep commitment to her Trueness as a leader. And from this stand is the embedding of her commitment to the balance and harmony of those she leads, influences, and serves.

The root cause of her own imbalance was the feeling she could do nothing about the perceived imbalance of the individuals on her team.

So, why does balance/harmony matter to Susan?

Of course this is a question (one of many) she will have to answer for herself. And as my role is to assist her in doing so, I will speculate specifically.

I believe it matters because it first indeed does matter to her. Instead of pushing this belief in balance/harmony out on others, she has rather consciously decided it is more important to listen.

And why does listening matter to Susan?

It matters because she knows what listening can bring forth. Two years ago, as part of a development strategy, she said:

I take interest in the work of others to encourage the interest that gives energy for the work and supports the confidence of the individual in the work.

And this, my fellow Encourager, is A New Confidence.

A Poem for your own brand of A New Confidence

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Beginning several years back, I became separately fascinated with the desire of a leader and the intent of a leader. Over time, and a field of practice, my active fascination moved the plural of desire and intent into the singular focus of Desire & Intent.

In this singular and creative tension is an individual leader’s flow of passion to purpose to presence. The tense swirl of desire and intent hands you over to the pulse of purpose. In unified form, Desire & Intent brings purpose to a conscious and practical level.

I am still trying to understand all I know about the power held in one’s Desire & Intent. Here is what I know about my own—and yes, your—Desire & Intent. The Passion of my desire drives me. The Purpose of my intent draws me toward impact. And my Presence can then honor the flow of internal to external; as I now lead, influence, and serve from Trueness.

For the pulse of your purpose draws our trust to your brand of leadership love. The rhythm we experience is formed by your dedicated desire and actionable intent.

Regardless of your age, your Trueness is in tact. And regardless of the practical experience you may yet require, all that is needed to empower your authentic leadership is right there inside you … Now!

I know also where this practice with Desire & Intent has brought me. What I don’t know is where it will now take me. I suppose I’m simply along for the ride.

Bring your Desire & Intent to a spoken, conscious presence.

Then … enjoy the ride.

A Poem for your Desire & Intent

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