MARK STORM

Leadership with wisdom & clarity of thought

Most business leaders navigate the world with a ruler — with binary thinking and mechanical models, restlessly searching for straightforward answers and familiar patterns. They see it as a Mondrian painting ; abstract, unmistakable, linearly structured. It is how we have designed our work and organisations, our thinking, and even our entire ‘being’: in neat boxes and along straight lines.

 

But in reality, our world is much more like a Pollock ; entangled, ambiguous, fluid. To flourish in this labyrinth of intersecting crossroads, boxes, lines, and rulers are of little use. What you need are new ways of seeing and understanding and a renewed ethical framework that gives direction to your actions and how you relate to the world.

I help senior executives and leadership teams transform their ‘inner Mondrian’ so they can see anew and master change and self-renewal — with wisdom & clarity of thought.

I do this through:

01/Transformational coaching

02/Wayfinding conversations

01/Transformational coaching

More and more people are finding their present way of understanding and sense-making inadequate for the growing complexity of the world we are living in. Developing new competencies — ‘better rulers’ — isn’t the answer, though. Today’s complexity requires a radical change in how we see and think.

 

Transformational coaching ‡ enables you to make the profound transformation from linear logic to holistic understanding. It allows you to deepen your self-awareness and clarify your values and what to strive for in life — to look at yourself, your role as an executive and your challenges from a broader perspective and through different lenses. 

 

Transformational coaching isn’t ‘60-minute coaching.’ Together, we engage in a series of unhurried one-to-one conversations that invite you to look, discover and fathom. Not from behind a desk, but always in ‘thoughtful’ surroundings where we can lose track of daily concerns and mechanical time.

For senior executives who have hit their limits and are searching for new and more purposeful ways of being, thinking, and doing.

Transformational coaching is available in the Netherlands and across Europe.

02/Wayfinding conversations

Conversations are the beating heart of human relationships and often the starting point for change. They allow us to talk about what we think and feel and help us see and understand how others view the world. Building bridges between these different ‘realities’ enables us to discover opportunities we could otherwise never have imagined.

In wayfinding conversations, we are curious, open to exploring different views, and willing to suspend judgment. These conversations follow a qualitative rhythm rather than the tick-tock of mechanistic predictability and control. They are less about specific actions or finding answers than intentionally engaging with others — about how we listen, connect our wisdom, learn from each other and grow stronger together.

 

For leadership teams that want to pursue questions worth asking, broaden their perspectives, and enrich their collective understanding of critical leadership challenges.

 

Wayfinding conversations are available in the Netherlands and across Europe.

 

  Together, Piet Mondrian’s Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Gray, and Blue and Jackson Pollock’s Number 14: Gray create an artful metaphor for the profound differences between complicatedness and complexity.

  My way of working and thinking finds its inspiration in art, philosophy, Bildung principles, and constructive developmental theories, such as Robert Kegan’s Theory of Adult Development and Susanne R. Cook-Greuter’s Theory Of Vertical Growth And Meaning Making. What these theories share is the notion that the systems by which we make meaning and understand complexity can grow and change over time.

Discover why transformational coaching is important right now

 
 

CONTACT

I live in the Netherlands but work across Europe. So regardless of where you are, if you want to know more about my work or explore working together, let’s start a conversation. If distance allows, we can go for a walk or visit a museum. But there is always time for an unhurried conversation.

mark@markstorm.nl

 

 

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