By Tracy Theemes, who will be presenting Money Mindfulness at Hollyhock in August 2017.
I recently spoke to a group of mid-career female professionals about leadership, power and money.
This group was knowledgeable, courageous and focused. Talking about leadership was easy – we revere it, fund organizations dedicated to it, write books about it. It’s the holy grail of discussion topics. When we discuss leadership, good and evil, morality and values, everyone puts on their happy face.
But when we got into the areas of power and money, things got tense.
I asked them this question: “If you had unlimited power, what would you do with it? Take a few minutes and write down your ideas”…
They began to twitch. Half of this group, for instance, dismissed the idea out of hand, saying, essentially, no thanks. The notion of power had them running for the hills. Other answers were general in scope. I’d abolish world hunger. I’d eliminate fossil fuel use. I’d educate every person in the world.
There is often a disconnect between leadership, power and money, but if you have unlimited power, you can access money. All resources are available to you.
So, then I posed the question, “If you had unlimited money, what would you do?”
The answers ranged from looking after friends and family to buying a planet. These are not so much real objectives as they are dreams, hopes and to a large degree, fantasies.
With this experiment, three things became apparent: