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Newsletter 112: The Battle-Lines have been drawn


The extent of the harm done to our environment, societies and economies, and the spread of divisiveness between groups - fuelled by the likes of Donald Trump, Rodrigo Duterte, Kim Jong-un, Jacob Zuma, Bashar al-Assad and their activities, is vast. They unashamedly push their own personal agendas at the expense of justice, caring and peace. Their undeniable power and/or self-enrichment activities and utter disdain for others, combine to sometimes make us feel small, scared and helpless. Yet we can wage exterior and interior battles that will make a difference ……

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WHAT'S IN THIS NEWSLETTER
The extent of the harm done to our environment, societies and economies, and the spread of divisiveness between groups - fuelled by the likes of Donald Trump, Rodrigo Duterte, Kim Jong-un, Jacob Zuma, Bashar al-Assad and their activities, is vast.

They unashamedly push their own personal agendas at the expense of justice, caring and peace. Their undeniable power and/or self-enrichment activities and utter disdain for others, combine to sometimes make us feel small, scared and helpless.

Yet we can wage exterior and interior battles that will make a difference ……



NEWS
WORLD VALUES DAY
October 19th 2017

Countries, organisations, individuals all proudly express and defend their values. Use them to defend actions, negotiation stances ... Far too many do not convert those values into consistent, reliable virtue-characteristics and behaviours. So what happens is that there are many damaging disconnects between what is said and what is done ….


BUSINESS ANALYSIS SUMMIT

On the 4th September I ran a half-day pre-conference workshop for the BA Summit (Business Analysts) South Africa. The topic was how to properly make use of storytelling (archetype, metaphor, anecdote, imagery, narrative) in business analysis. The workshop took place at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West. This was a dynamic group of mainly younger people busy making their mark in the business community, and ready to soak up learning. View facebook page


CONVERSATIONS LEAD CHANGE

Conversations are taking off in many forms in business. We’re proud to have been at the leading edge of this worthwhile CultureScan development. Visit website CultureScan.biz is soon to be launched. You may wish to preview the site

UCT MSc IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT

I’ve been asked by University of Cape Town to run a one week HR module for their MSc in Project Management 2018, and to prepare and mark the related examination.

SACAP

The South African College of Applied Psychology hosted a Twitter Conference on 13th September. I was one of the selected participating coaches. The topic was “As a coach what is my signature presence?”
sacap.edu.za

My blog post appeared prior to the conference - see this link


I also workshopped a Mastery session with a wonderful group of graduating SACAP coaches – where the exploration covered “ Who Am I As A Coach?”, “Why Story?” and “How Does Story Fit Into Coaching Practise?”







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A ground-breaking, practical compass for future leaders and their organisations who wish to move beyond simply 'doing good and doing well' - find out more


QUOTEABLE QUOTES
MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.
(Alexis de Tocqueville 19th century French historian)

CONVERSATION

Face-to-face contact provides the foundation of human happiness, resilience, and well –being (Josh Korda, Buddhist teacher)

Wherever frontiers can be crossed without hindrance, ideas and opinions can be freely exchanged and people can meet, distrust and enmity are bound to be overcome in the end (Helmut Kohl former German Chancellor, during European Parliament plenary debate November 1989)

PURPOSE AND VALUES

We are looking to brands for poetry and for spirituality, because we're not getting those things from our communities or from each other (Naomi A Klein, Canadian author and journalist)

By putting others first, we loosen the bonds of our self-fixation, and in doing so, inch closer to our own liberation (Christina Feldman, Author of Compassion: listening to the cries of the world)

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction (President John F Kennedy)

The secret of success is constancy to purpose (Benjamin Disraeli, 19th century British Prime Minister)

Calcutta is everywhere, if we only have eyes to see (Mother (Saint) Teresa of Calcutta)

All great spirituality teaches about letting go of what you don’t need and who you are not (Richard Rohr, Franciscan friar)



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