Why the KOAN method?

Jennifer Simpson
3 min readFeb 12, 2024

Ancient Wisdom for Modern Leadership

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

In my last article, I wrote about the power of art, poetry, and inner listening to invite transformation and shared the third segment from my book, where I explore my time Alone in the Desert.

Today, you can download the fourth segment, where I explore why I developed the KOAN method as an alternative way to think about leading and organizing in our dynamic and evolving world.

In a world teeming with challenges and complexities, traditional approaches to leadership more and more often fall short. I wrote the KOAN method to offer a fresh perspective that bridges ancient wisdom and modern innovation, reminding us that there is a more human way to lead.

The Power of Paradox

At the heart of the KOAN method lies the koan itself — a paradoxical riddle or story designed to defy logic and provoke deeper insight. These enigmatic teachings challenge us to transcend our conventional thinking patterns and embrace the interconnectedness of life. The seeming paradox tends to resolve itself when we remember we are not so separate after all.

Embracing Humility

In a culture that often prizes certainty and expertise, the KOAN method reminds us of the power of humility. By surrendering our attachment to what we…



Jennifer Simpson

An artist, poet, leader, lover, daughter, sister, and mother living in Boulder, Colorado. Owner and CEO at Integrated Work. Author of the KOAN method.