Is it Time for Your Alaka‘i Abundance?

We’ve lived together in a recessionary economy long enough now for it to have some effect on all of us; that’s a given.

If we put that aggravation aside, and allow whatever difficulty we may be experiencing to just be (for it is what it is) we can move on to the next effect on our lives. We can make it one that we purposely will affect, being mover and shaker this time, and vowing never to be an unwitting victim again.

I recently came across this quote, transcribed in an interview that Bono, lead singer of U2, had done with Rolling Stone some time ago:

“I used to think that one day I’d be able to resolve the different drives I have in different directions, the tensions between the different people that I am. Now I realize that is who I am. I do feel I’m getting closer to the song in my head. I wasn’t looking for grace. But luckily grace was looking for me.”

We can be like Bono

Here is a gift of this recession: Like Bono, you are “able to resolve the different drives [you] have in different directions” too.

You may not be feeling the tension he felt, and you may not feel you are torn between being “different people” in one stretched skin, however you can go for the same release, and the same grace. Instead of a release, you can think of it as a new filling up of your capacity to be more.

Not only can you do this, it is the new expectation of business today. Exciting stuff.

Our potential abundance is Palena ‘ole

Palena ‘ole means ‘without boundaries.’ It is an amazement I have about this time we are living in. As I shared on Talking Story:

I grew up in a generation anticipating that like our parents we would devote our lives to a single career, and that is not at all the case today. It still amazes me that I myself became an example, going from manager (of a couple different incarnations and stripes) to published author and workplace culture coach, and you can bet I’m dreaming up my next career leap (and hoping it includes independent wealth, but you know what? Not a requirement.)

In our Managing with Aloha workshops, we teach palena ‘ole as the manager’s exponential growth stage. It is about seeing bigger and better leadership dreams come to fruition. We urge managers to think “Legacy” and we help them come up with a plan to create abundance by honoring a four-fold capacity; physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual.

Your abundance may no longer be discretionary

“Exponential growth stage.” Used to be this workshop talk about possibility and potential was thought of as extra. It was considered going above and beyond; the next grand adventure of the overly ambitious and optimistically courageous.

Well, what used to be discretionary may be our new normal; a requirement in the survival of the fittest.

I don’t think the Alaka‘i leader has much of a choice today. My prediction is that this resolution of “different drives [we] have in different directions” is what will separate the winners from the losers. It is a combination of diversification and reinvention. Will you go there willingly — with grace, or will you keep kicking and screaming against it? If so, you deny your own capacity, however you also may be denying the best opportunity you have ever had.

Is it time for your Alaka‘i Abundance? (There’s a ring to that I really like!)

I say, Oh yes, it’s time. It always was. Only question is if you’ll be like Bono, willing to say, “Now I realize this is who I am willing to be.”

For here’s the rub:
If you don’t take the leap to be more than whatever you have been, you aren’t leading today, and you won’t be in the future.

Blue Streak

Even our island sky will teach us, “I am more than just blue.”
Aouli: The skies and “blue vault of heaven” (Pukui-Elbert)

Let’s talk story; I’d love to hear from you.

My mana‘o [The Backstory of this posting]
Each Tuesday I write a leadership posting for Say “Alaka‘i” at The Honolulu Advertiser. The edition here on Talking Story is revised with internally directed links, and I can take a few more editorial liberties. One person — I prefer using the word managers — will do both things; manage and lead: Leadership is Why and When, and Management is What and How. We explore the management side of the coin each Thursday. You might ask, “What’s in it for me?” Very good! For I think of that as A Great Self-Leadership Question.


  1. says

    Yes. I admit. For too long I have been victim, and apparently a willing one. Always trying to be what others wanted, needed me to be. So I just buried all that I was and became only one “color.”

    But this year I realized that taking care to nurture the physical, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual sides of “me” would not only be a benefit to me but to all the people in my life. So I started taking steps to be more than whatever I have been. Hardest part? Letting go of the fear that it is too difficult or too late.

    I returned from a lovely walk in the autumnal air in DC and read this post. Mahalo for it.

    Is it time for my Alaka‘i abundance? Yes! Though I’m still a little scared.

    And in a what-a-coincidence moment: The U2 will be playing a concert tonight in my area!

    • Rosa Say says

      Good for you Marisa! You have said this so well:

      I realized that taking care to nurture the physical, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual sides of “me” would not only be a benefit to me but to all the people in my life. So I started taking steps to be more than whatever I have been.

      As for letting go of any fears, I am not going to discount that it’s hard, for it is, however the mere fact that you are willing to share this with all of us tells me that you are up to the challenge and much bigger than any fear you might have :-)

      And that concert is a coincidence! We were meant to share this.