Channelling energy: how do we realise, transform and accomplish ourselves?

For once let’s step aside from the KM and learning world and focus on something that matters to us all: keeping our energy up. This has obvious implications for knowledge and learning work too.

At work and in life we often have ups and downs, fuelled by the circumstances (the environment) that affect us but also by the choices we make, how we shape that environment for ourselves and our interactions with others. What matters in the process – be it indeed work or life – is to keep our energy up so that in bad times we can keep our head above the waters and in good times we can put that energy to good use: for ourselves and for others. In turn, the energy that we radiate infects others and gives us more energy.

Ultimately, that energy is what makes us perform better and accomplish our vision of what we are meant to do in this divine human comedy of life (and , though not so divine, work). Of course we may not follow a static course and our vision changes as we transform ourselves and use new insights to appreciate the world and the role we play in it. In other words, channelling energy is essential to find balance in life, to perform well, to be relevant dynamically (i.e. continually adapting to a changing environment) and to inspire others around us.

I have tried to map the factors that help us gain energy. Hopefully this could help us realise where we are not tapping into opportunities to channel energy and to realise who we are and how we can transform and/or accomplish ourselves.

(Click to see the full scale picture) The energy map .

The starting point of this map is ourselves: one the one hand, what helps us find ourselves (realising ourselves) i.e. being someone grounded and simultaneously aspiring to a certain vision, and on the other hand what we can do by ourselves (i.e. cultivating ourselves) to gain energy.

Then comes the environment (e.g. an organisation or any context for that matters) which gives us a chance – or not – to realise and cultivate ourselves.

A crucial third ripple concerns our interactions with others and the energy that we gain by inspiration, feeling trust, giving to others or receiving something from them. What is crucially missing in this part of the map is love, but that is another matter altogether which would deserve many blog posts, hence my purposeful omission.

Finally, all these energy ripples contribute to our accomplishment and transformation, which affects us and others around us.

Does this map resonate with your experience?

Published by Ewen Le Borgne

Collaboration and change process optimist motivated by ‘Fun, focus and feedback’. Nearly 20 years of experience in group facilitation and collaboration, learning and Knowledge Management, communication, innovation and change in development cooperation. Be the change you want to see, help others be their own version of the same.

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  1. Ewen… great article… I like the diagram, sort of like outcome mapping. I wonder if there might be layers that might be the first areas to take action to build energy.

  2. Hi Joitske,

    Thank you for the message and for pointing out to Tara Hunt. I will try and read what she has written about this. Any reference (book title, blog, article) in particular that I should check?
    It certainly fits with the map, even though I haven’t focused (enough?) on competence in this case. Good point to add.


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