Coming Full Circle: A Journey of Transformation, Connection and Emerging Wisdom

Coming Full Circle: A Journey of Transformation, Connection and Emerging Wisdom

Some experiences are beyond planning; they resonate deeply because they are felt, not forced, and when they occur, their impact can be transformative—even if we don’t immediately grasp their full meaning. My journey came full circle in 2023, an era that began with an unexpected, yet profoundly inspiring encounter in 2012.

During a visit to a hospital, I met an elderly man whose resilience and compassion, despite facing his imminent death, inspired me to explore the underlying causes of disunity and disengagement in workplaces.

While uncovering these causes was enlightening, the true revelation came later, when I collaborated with a team led by Russell M. Kern. Tasked by Canon to amalgamate diverse divisions into a singular center of excellence, we convened under the sage guidance of David Cooperrider and Ronald Fry in a brightly lit conference room in Long Island, New York. There, I witnessed the true power of human connection. People, previously divided by differences and uncertainties, began reaching out to each other with a sense of hope and mutual appreciation that filled the room with vibrant, positive energy.

It was then I realized that, although I had come full circle in my professional quest, the deeper wisdom lay not in the journey’s completion but in the unity it fostered. Witnessing individuals from varied backgrounds and perspectives unite with renewed hope for a shared future was profoundly moving. This energy, this collective envisioning of a brighter, collaborative future, was what truly resonated with me.

Stepping outside briefly, overwhelmed by the intensity of the moment, I recognized my role as a catalyst in this transformative gathering—a realization that filled me with immense pride and joy.

Reflecting on this experience, I understand now that the pinnacle of my career was not just about personal closure but about facilitating a space where collective success and deep connections could flourish. This moment, where disparate paths converged into a unified vision, will forever be a treasure in my life.

I am deeply grateful to everyone involved in this transformative experience. Our willingness to embrace each other’s journeys and to collectively imagine a better future has shown that our greatest strength lies in our unity.

To all leaders, this is your moment to rise. Seize this opportunity to redefine the essence of human collaboration. Let us continue to create environments where unity and collective aspirations thrive, making this the era where we all truly come full circle.

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  • Edwin Korver

    Edwin Korver is a polymath celebrated for his mastery of systems thinking and integral philosophy, particularly in intricate business transformations. His company, CROSS-SILO, embodies his unwavering belief in the interdependence of stakeholders and the pivotal role of value creation in fostering growth, complemented by the power of storytelling to convey that value. Edwin pioneered the RoundMap®, an all-encompassing business framework. He envisions a future where business harmonizes profit with compassion, common sense, and EQuitability, a vision he explores further in his forthcoming book, "Leading from the Whole."

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