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Newsletter 133: Snap Out of It
In a frenetic, stressful world, here are four powerful, common-sense tips for you as a leader to get past your own blockages, get through the day, get through to others, and get to thrive with more peak moments
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The Healing Power of Story by guest contributor from Chennai, India, Dr Eric Miller.
Eric outlines his insights and approach to Storytelling Therapy as a psychological counselor and trainer of story therapy. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Non-members may view the article on our blog
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The Diversity Arena. Corporates are seeking to enhance the way they manage diversity, wanting to embrace ‘inclusion’, and go beyond to attain ‘belonging’. But many do not understand these 3 linked yet separate concepts, their implications, nor how to implement successfully. This article provides clear and innovative guidelines.
Spiritual Guidelines for Social Activism. Activism is growing exponentially, undertaken by organisations as they pursue good citizenship, employees discontent with internal happenings and policies, new movements …. Here is an interdisciplinary three-dimensional model suggesting a form of conscious activism, rather than abrasive, angry, confrontational or ideological activism that is so often ineffective. Included is a Must, Should and Could framework/ checklist and an energy-management template.
12 MANAGE: THE EXECUTIVE FAST TRACK
12 Manage has grown to be probably the world’s number one management network, and they have asked me to take on the role of management contributor. Look them up and join: 12manage.com
Ernie is a UK storyteller. His brief story may be found at pechakucha.com
He is a member of the VIRTUAL STORYTELLING GUILD, who provide live on-line events for participants around the world.
MY UCT GSB and SACAP EXPERIENCES
As this newsletter releases I have completed my lecturing/ facilitation for two wonderful groups of MBA’s at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership). Refreshingly, their leadership development focus is on inner work.
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At the Festival of Learning run by the South African College of Psychology I led a session on spiritual activism. They are South Africa’s leading provider of psychology, coaching and counselling courses.
The balance of our world frequently is seen as a question of power. If I have more power and more knowledge, more capacity, then I can do more. And when we have power, we can very quickly push people down. I’m the one that generally – despite the fact, knows and you don’t know, and I’m strong and I’m powerful, I have the knowledge. This is the history of humanity. And it is in the whole educational system, that we must educate people to become capable and to take their place in society. That has value, obviously. But it’s not quite the same thing as to educate people to relate, to listen, to help people to become themselves - - Jean Vanier (Canadian theologian and founder of L'Arche, for people with developmental disabilities and their carers, present in 37 countries - in conversation with Krista Tippet (radio host of On Being)
BEING STILL, REFLECTING
The evidence is we’re sleeping less, we’re feeling more under pressure, we’re being more harried by time generally – despite the fact, bizarrely, that we’ve come up with so many labour saving devices in the last 20 or 30 years – actually we’re busier and under more pressure than ever, and that I think is separating us from the miracle of our being and the miracle of our existence – reconnecting experientially and emotionally (not just intellectually) with this existence, with nature that we’re a part of, is really important for human health and well-being - Michael West , Professor of Organisational Psychology at Lancaster University)
As Satya Nadella (CEO of Microsoft) shows, to reap the full and lasting benefits of a purpose-driven culture, leaders do well to weave purpose into the very fabric of the work. In data from 39 different industries, 73% of employees who say they work at a “purpose-driven” company are engaged, compared to just 23% of those who don’t - Daniel Goleman (author known for his work on emotional and social intelligence)
One never really lives unless he has something to die for - Soren Kierkegaard (influential Danish philosopher and theologian)
BEING AN ACTIVIST
I can conceive of no better service… than boldly exposing the weakness, liabilities and infinite corruptions of democracy - Walt Whitman (innovative poet and journalist)
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