Where have you disappeared, Aviv?
This is the subject line of several emails I have received in recent months, asking what’s up with me.
I started writing the monthly newsletter The Key in August 2007 and continued through to December 2021. For 173 months, I produced mostly original evergreen content without ever missing my monthly letter, and then I stopped. Some on this list have worked with me since the early 2000s and followed my work since, so it was natural to ask if I had disappeared. The truth is I did not disappear; instead, I migrated my creative endeavor to Portals of Perception, my 501(c)3 not-for profit endeavor.
I have just written the most personal and disclosing letter about my journey, in which I recount my improbable professional career. I also openly describe the two parallel lives I have been leading: the high-end strategy consultant and the life of a mystic. The letter narrates how the Portals project, where we publish weekly fascinating video conversations, created for me an opportunity to integrate these different voices inside a greater whole.
In several ways I feel like I have lived 10 years of creative development in just the last year. It has been exhilarating. For more than 20 years I have worked with smart and inspiring executives from whom I’ve learned immensely, and who paid me handsomely because I asked them questions no one else asked. I’ve been saying for years, I get paid not for my answers but for the questions I ask. Now on Portals, I get to do both. I ask far-reaching questions about the future, and share the fruits of my journey.
I am still working with leadership teams and evolving the Create New Futures methodology. In fact, I have found that since I liberated and integrated these two parts of my life, I am even more effective with leadership teams. At the same time, I feel called to invest in the next generations of leaders and their future. Portals enables me to approach this endeavor with a global network of brilliant and creative people who, like me, feel a sense of urgency about the bigger questions of this time.
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Wishing you a vibrantly healthy and fulfilling new year.
© Aviv Shahar