CEO Roundtable Celebrates 20th Anniversary at 2016 Retreat
Loren G. Carlson, founder and chairman of CEO Roundtable, LLC, invited David Whyte, acclaimed ‘poet to the board room,’ to lead the all-member 2016 Annual Retreat in celebration of the Roundtable’s 20th Anniversary.
During the two-day Retreat, which was held in February, David drew upon word essays in his recent book, CONSOLATIONS: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words. “Solace” describes the art of asking the beautiful question of ourselves, of our world, or of one another, in fiercely difficult and un-beautiful moments. David said, “To look for solace is to learn to ask fiercer and more exquisitely pointed questions that reshape our identities and our bodies and our relation to others.”
The nature of reality is that whatever we desire will not come to pass exactly as we wish. This creates tension which, in turn, creates the “conversational frontier,” David explained. “Conversation is the core of much of David’s message,” Loren said. “All real, important and courageous conversations, as he uses the word, start with tension. In the aftermath, many of us are asking ‘the beautiful question.’”
The retreat concluded with a focus on the “harvest” from the participants’ conversations.
“Whether the harvest is easy to see but requires patience, attention or waiting to bring it in, or whether it is hidden and difficult and requires a combination of courage and vulnerability to bring to fruition, bringing in the harvest is one of the great accomplishments of a human life.”David Whyte
David’s foresight and wisdom about regret prepares you to have a proper relationship with the future. That was brilliant!
I’ve already used two portions of David’s essays in strategic meetings I’ve had and our teams loved them!
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