Interview with Tim Gallwey and Isabel Freire de Andrade for Expresso Magazine, 2015, about "The Inner Game in Leadership" Workshop.
What is exactly the Inner Game?
It is very simple: there is always an inner game in our mind, regardless of the outside game we are in. The inner play takes place in our mind and is played against obstacles such as fear, self-doubt, lack of focus and limiting ideas. In outdoor play we seek to overcome external obstacles in order to achieve an external goal. In our culture, we are very focused on improving outdoor play, with technology and science, and we forget that indoor play is equally important.
How can leaders improve today?
First, leaders will have to learn to have access to their own wisdom and to believe in it. In order to do this, they must be attentive to their experience – internal and external – to what they feel is good and that works with them. Something within us knows much more than we think we know. Then they will become aware of the game between their critical voices and the voices that make them shine. Finally, they will learn to be more often in a state of non-judgmental attention, in which their wisdom is in charge of achieving the intended results. They free themselves thus from the state in which the more they strive, the more they fail.
And how can leaders motivate more?
It is not economically sustainable for people to be unmotivated at work. If we consider that the results of the work are more important than the collaborator, there is a moment when the success of both decreases. Human beings are not machines – when they feel well, that is, when their inner game supports them instead of creating interference, they become more motivated, they are more innovative and they strive harder. Thus, leaders should not tell the developer: “You are here to do a job”. On the contrary, they should say “As a collaborator, do your job, as a human being, become the best you discover. We will create an environment that supports both.”
What can participants expect from the Workshop?
Learn to reduce what interferes with the discovery and expression of your potential and your collaborators. Practice with other participants and golf, have fun and realize the incredible results and transformations that await you!