— Dee Hock, Founder, Visa International
Where we all must go
The above quote from Dee Hock, Founder of Visa International, is taken from Synchronicity by Joseph Jaworski.
If you are not familiar with Dee Hock and the founding story of Visa International, I would not be surprised. I only became aware of it a year ago, and it’s a remarkable story. Read more on this in Hock’s book, One from Many.
Almost everyone knows of and has a Visa card. Yet, it does trillions (yes trillions) of dollars in business every year, but you never read or hear about them and their success.
Dee Hock accomplished what many believed to be impossible. He masterfully brought together the many hundreds of competing banks and bank cards in the credit card industry’s early days to form a highly successful organization. He called it the chaordic organization.
A chaordic organization blends chaos and order to create something new and remarkably more effective. It’s thought that it’s the same transformation that many of our political and business organizations need to undergo to lead us forward in the century ahead.
Why it matters
I found the quote particularly noteworthy because Jaworski’s story in Synchronicity in many ways describes the journey I have been on. Perhaps for the last 13 to 20 years. But I didn’t recognize it as such until I discovered Joseph Jaworski and his book in 2014.
It can also be a very lonely journey because there is no clear roadmap or guidebook to show you the way on this path. Suddenly, you are moving and thinking in a different way than the rest of your colleagues, friends, and even family members. At the same time, new colleagues and new friends arrive that align with your new direction to support you.
But most of all, this quote says something that I fully believe too. It’s a journey “we all must go in the century ahead.”
Except I didn’t have the experience and courage to really come out and say that boldly.
Space beyond boundaries
Last week I announced the Forward Thinking Pro Portfolio book, workshop, and community.
People seem to like the idea of space beyond boundaries, a name coined by a good friend and colleague, John Ryskowski, so it has quickly started to take on that name.
In this book, I’m sharing the most impactful and pivotal ideas and experiences that I have learned along the way.
Rather than repeat all the book’s details and offering here, I’d like to direct your attention to last week’s newsletter. It has all the details and how to order. I do hope you will consider it or get in touch if you have questions.
I want to leave you with the quote below from my good friend and colleague, Mich Bondesio, who reviewed the book this week:
“It’s clear you’ve given much thought to the prompts and ideas you’ve assembled and the insightful illustrations to match those thoughts. The catchphrase of creating and exploring the ’space beyond boundaries’ encapsulates your overall intention brilliantly. There is so much value in these prompts, especially for developing reflective thought practices to help us make and lead more purposeful, positive change in the world.”Michelle Bondesio, Growth Sessions Founder, Coach & Consultant
Please join me
The responses and conversations I’ve had, as a result, have gone beyond anything I’ve ever done before.
I hope you will find the book, workshop, and community worthy of your further investigation and investment.
Thank you to those of you who have already purchased or signed up.
I always welcome any questions, feedback, or suggestions that may come up from reading my newsletters.
To your forward thinking life & success!
Bill Fox, Founder at Forward Thinking Pro