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Newsletter 78: When the end justifies the means
How we - at the individual, community, nation-state levels - justify our actions (consciously and unconsciously) to suit our selfish purposes
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We are one of the selected collaborators for David Hutchens new book "Circle of the 9 Muses: a storytelling field guide for innovators and meaning makers" (Publisher Wiley & Sons, to be released April 2015). This is a feather in a South African story practitioner's cap.
David Hutchens is an author, business writer and learning designer who creates communication solutions for The Coca-Cola Company, Wal-Mart, IBM, GE, Nike, Bank of America, and others. In the USA he is a nationally recognized developer of innovative learning products. His work has been recognized with distinctions such as Training & Development's "Training Product of the Year"; ASTD's prestigious "Excellence in Practice", Brandon Hall Gold award, and more.
Last year Business Storytelling for Dummies (by Karen Dietz and Lori Silverman, published by Wiley & Sons) included our narrative competency level/ application assessment tool.
Go to: The Periodic Table of Story Telling
to find a wonderful 'toy' covering many aspects of story construction (especially for cinema).
We are busy training Change Partner coaches in the different uses of story during coaching sessions
NEW Member ARTICLES
- Executive Coaching and the Development of Virtues (A transcript of a talk given to the South African College of Applied Psychology November 2014)
- Agility Ability
In a world of uncertainty, change and black swans, organisations need coping mechanisms. This then is the new AA - when we break our addiction to the same patterns of response and develop our agility ability. (Commissioned by Leadership and Change Magazine)
- Silver Coins: the Parable of the Virtuous Business
Written for Southern Cross, Southern Africa's Catholic Weekly newspaper (http://www.scross.co.za), the parable of the good Samaritan is looked at for lessons for business that go beyond 'mere' ethics.
- Attention Matters: Technology Overload.
Linda Ray draws on neuroscience to look at how technology overload is changing our brains, and how we must adapt to stay on top of it - by developing 'attentional intelligence'.
- Fake Authenticity. An objective look at a the hot leadership topic of authenticity
PRACTITIONER TOOLS newly added are teachings and exercises on essential leadership skills, often surprisingly neglected in organisations. They include:
- Letting Go
- Forging ties that bind
- A template for rational decision-making
- A template for rational problem-solving
- Improving listening skills
- Learning to ask the right questions in the right way
There is no such thing as a value free, or unbiased position on anything - Richard Rohr
An economic system centered on the god of money needs to plunder nature to sustain the frenetic rhythm of consumption that is inherent to it - Pope Francis
After the game, the King and the pawn go into the same box - old Italian proverb
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