The Foundation of a Trust Circle
he Argonauts community has developed an ecosystem, tools, and processes to bring cultivation of courageous leadership into practice, in a sustainable and scalable way. Committed and diverse peers — from around the globe and across all fields of endeavor — find a safe place of trust and respect, common values, and principles. At its core, members are nurtured by authentic, non-judgmental, human conversations in their Trust Circles, online and offline. Virtual encounters are complemented by physical meetings in places of beauty and wonder around the world. Additionally, the community provides its members with a robust toolset of assessments and exercises, thought-provoking content, and hands-on practices for disruptive yet constructive change in their lives and businesses.
The results of these efforts are new experiences and relationships which transcend the learning limits of leadership training models. Trust Circle dialogues are professionally facilitated with curated content by The Argonauts community’s experts and coaches. They go way beyond the social scripts of transactional exchanges, fostering the development of transformative thinking and building muscles for uncovering authentic versions of ourselves. In an age where reflection is rare and information overload is the norm, Trust Circle conversations cut through the noise and reach harmonies of who we are at our human core. Leaders achieve “lucidity,” as German-Swiss psychologist and Argonauts thought leader Dr. Dirk de Sousa calls this state of consciousness, one which every human can learn.
Harvard Graduate School of Education psychologists Dr. Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey explain, in How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work, that most individuals and organizations are immune to deep and lasting change. The only way to overcome an organization’s immunity to change, they argue, begins within leaders. It requires opening emotionally to others and learning to express a new language of adaptive change which transforms the leader first and then spreads outward, not downward, to the organization.
The underlying methodology of The Argonauts’ Trust Circles works in such a way that transformational experiences are created, building trust, becoming sustainable — conversation by conversation, Circle by Circle, eventually encompassing the whole. It harmonizes the emotional with the rational, the problem-solving consciousness with the creative unconscious state of mind, the Apollonian with the Dionysian. With this harmonization, leaders are empowered to move from a competition paradigm as the main driving factor to a paradigm of trust-based cooperation and the pursuit of aliveness, leading from within.