An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

Perseverance: An inquiry into how we sustain our capacity to serve

Presenter: Meg Wheatley Date: 28 November 2011


In 2000, the Hopi Nation Elders issued a prophecy that described who we might be for this time:
“Here is a river now flowing very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid, who will try and hold onto the shore. They are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. Know that the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore. Push off into the middle of the river, and keep our heads above water…”
If we want to be among those who keep their heads above the water, those who can continue to serve the relentless needs of this troubled time, we need to pay close attention to how we are affected by the increasing demands, chaos, and uncertainty that are now commonplace.

During this webinar, Meg Wheatley and participants will explore this theme by inquiring into these and other questions:
  • How do we sustain our energy, generosity, and commitment to serve this increasingly turbulent world?
  • How do we maintain our sense of direction and focus for what’s truly important when there are so many worthy, yet competing, needs and priorities?
  • How do we choose actions and responses that do not escalate anger and fear?
  • How do we acknowledge and recover from our feelings of overwhelmedness and exhaustion?
  • How do we sustain ourselves for the long term? How do we care for ourselves so that we may care for others?

Speaker Information

Meg Wheatley
Margaret Wheatley writes, teaches, and speaks about how we might accomplish our work, sustain our relationships, and willingly step forward to serve in this troubling time. She works from the belief that whatever the problem, community is the answer. Meg has been an organizational consultant and researcher since 1973 and a dedicated global citizen since her youth. Her first work was as a Peace Corps volunteer in Korea and a public school teacher and urban education administrator in New York. She has been Associate Professor of Management at the Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University, and Cambridge College, Massachusetts.

In 2010, Meg published Perseverance, a personal guide for those who seek to persevere; those who hope that their work and life contribute to making things better for the people, issues, and places they love.

To learn more about Meg, visit her website,, or click here.