In his most recent article for Forbes, Dov Seidman poses the question, “What ideas are you building your company on?” Thanks, Dov, for always lobbing softballs!
It’s a great question. And, it sets up a couple others for leaders inside companies. What ideas are you building your team on? What ideas are you building your life on? But, I digress. Here is my answer to Dov’s original question.
“My colleagues and I at Ecstasis are growing a company founded on the notion that leadership enables positive transformation [of the organization and of the teams and people within them]. Our name, Ecstasis, refers to the act of radical transformation associated with poesis, which German philosopher Martin Heidegger refers to as a “bringing-forth, the blooming of the blossom, the coming-out of a butterfly from a cocoon, the plummeting of a waterfall when the snow begins to melt.” The last two analogies underline Heidegger’s example of a “threshold occasion”: a moment of ec-stasis when something moves away from its standing as one thing to become another, an experience of real and profound transformation.
We strive to support leadership in their work of enabling positive transformation by encouraging more reflection and through that the construction or discovery of the thresholds that lead to a better experience and result for the organizations we work with and the communities in which they operate.”