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• Recognise the hidden dark side of leadership
Terrence Gargiulo, MMHS. President of MAKINGSTORIES.net and author of The Strategic Use of Stories in Organizational Communications & Learning. Are you open to a renaissance of hope? What does it mean to soar in the sacred space of an organizational geometry that frees its citizens to discern fields of dreams? The authors have crafted a dynamic tapestry of stories, poetry, images, and metaphors to recalibrate our compasses. We are invited to emancipate ourselves from irrelevant and irreverent myths of business. Be well advised this is not another rabbit hole of management jargon. The authors have mixed an alchemical elixir of reflective propositions to transform our thoughts into motions and take us from the realm of possible to actual. This is a call to action and none of us living in today’s world have the luxury to ignore it. Virtuosa is a contribution of heart and soul that will not leave you unchanged. I urge you to step out of your comfort zone and embrace this book’s set of tools to initiate the important work that lies ahead for all of us…to reclaim the integration of each precious moment to something greater than our self.
Peter Christie, aka Big Chief Talking Bull, strategic storyteller and part-time MBA lecturer at Wits Business School and other business schools in South Africa and abroad. The Virtuosa Organisation makes a splendid, sparkling contribution to revising the organisational agenda. The authors coherently, influentially and comprehensively confirm the growing realisation that the business of business is much more than business. Through invoking historical and biographical accounts, entertaining anecdotes and other stories, and a detailed case study, the book outlines powerful concepts and principles promoting sustainable enterprise of the future. One which is more human, more creative and innovative, more virtuously rising circularly towards prosperity. The book should be prescribed reading for all MBA students.
John de Gruchy, Emeritus Professor in Christian Studies, University of Cape Town. I had no idea what to expect when opening The Virtuosa Organisation, no clarity on whether to endorse it or not, or what I might say to commend it if I did. I am delighted by what I found, wholeheartedly recommend it, and hope that it gets a wide readership. Why, you may ask. The reason is simple. There is an urgent need for every organisation, every business, every NGO, to think far beyond the boxes of the past and to pursue goals that will help transform the world in which we live, and contribute significantly to human, social and environmental well-being. We don't only need to add value to what we are doing; we need to pursue and embody those virtues that make this goal possible. And we need to do this urgently. I believe this book read thoughtfully and taken seriously, can help make this possible.
Paul Smith, Key Note Speaker, Author of Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives that Capture, Convince, and Inspire. We spend most of our waking hours invested in an activity called 'work' that we accept as necessarily selfish - out to enrich ourselves and shareholders at the expense of consumers, society, and the planet. We satisfy our guilt by promising ourselves that we'll feed our souls, support charitable causes, and save the environment in our spare time, whenever we find some. But what if there was another way?
Dave Snowden, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge Pte Ltd. This book is a powerful presentation of some of the issues associated with organisations and society and the failure of conventional methods to tackle them. It presents a model of human behaviour and interaction which is aspirational in nature. It represents a useful starting point on a journey to change and transformation.
Keith Coats, Founding Partner and Director of Storytelling at Tomorrow Today. It is said that one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover; that is well said. However a good way to judge a book is to browse through the references to determine from what soil it has grown. A quick exploration of The Virtuosa Organisation references will tell you all you need to know about this significant contribution to story. It is more than a ‘good read’ – it is travel guide and companion for one’s journey. This is a wonderful book. A marvellous collection of wisdom and practical advice.
Dr Gerhard van Rensburg, Leadership Coach, Owner New Era Leadership. The Virtuosa Organistion is a major contribution to the process of transforming work organisations from merely economic entities to communities of real people wanting to experience meaning and spiritual upliftment as they work. The authors of this book succeed in advancing the discourse about transformation in organisations to deeper and more fundamental aspects of human life. As long as the efforts of leaders undervalue the richness and fullness of the human spirit by, for instance, labelling employees as human capital or resources, the real transformational potential of the organisations will remain repressed. This is a book that speaks to the heart of organisations, challenging them to become centres of virtue not only for their own sake, but for the sake of a better society.
Marc Feitelberg, Founder of the South African College of Applied Psychology, Corporate Leadership Facilitator, Clinical Psychologist. Working on "values" in organisations has in recent years become a dehydrated exercise in ticking the box. This book inspires the reader to pour life back into this crucial area. It brings values to life by providing practical tools for the business leader who wants to create a sustainable organisation.
Hermann Fischer, Business Psychologist, Geneva, Switzerland. Organisations, as with people, have unique life stories to tell. For those perceptive enough to pick up on both the bold and the nuanced ... Graham’s book provides an insightful perspective on the implications of the above for leaders - from both a personal as well as a professional perspective.
Graham Rowe, Scientist, co-founder of Sancreed, a chronic disease, precision care provider. Technological change means that more and more knowledge workers (not to mention entire businesses and industries) are being gutted and cast aside as ‘software eats the world’. Our role as business leaders is to develop robust, vision-driven teams that thrive under these turbulent and constantly shifting conditions. The Virtuosa Organisation offers a powerful, applicable framework for bringing our most human qualities to the fore, and building the foundation for the more authentic, more responsive and more dynamic organization of the future.
Deon Viljoen, Director of Operations at Southern Sun Resorts, a division of Tsogo Sun. In Graham’s new book, The Virtuosa Organisation, he and his co-authors tackle what I think is one of the most challenging issues for modern organisations: corporate culture. Most leaders ignore this issue or shy away from it, because it is so challenging and effectively out of their control. It also presupposes that there is engagement and alignment within and around the organisation, not easy issues to grapple with. Migrating from values to virtues is definitely the way to go. An insightful and well-presented read for all business leaders. I for one cannot wait for it to be released.
John Griffin, Director, High Chem East Africa Ltd. Fun to read, very digestible and encourages reflection on business from a refreshingly different viewpoint. The congruence of the thinking and the breadth of the approach is totally engaging.
Johann Maree, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Cape Town. I wholeheartedly endorse this book aimed at promoting business that advocates and lives virtues, not only vision and values. Subjects on the development of virtues that really resonated with me: cultivating awareness by means of deeper mindfulness, in praise of emptiness, and experiencing leadership healing and growth. In short, the book calls for the practice of love in business. Such businesses can indeed play a leading role in building a better society.
Prof Rev Jerry Pillay, General Secretary of the Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa. This book provides a very serious and timely discussion of a really significant matter in our fast-changing world. A world in which values and virtues are not given the appropriate measure of necessity they deserve. In many areas of society there is a conscious attempt to side-line a focus on values, and we are daily seeing how this is negatively impacting on our people and communities. We see this in the violence in schools and in unethical business endeavours to make money. In stressing the "virtuous cycle" the authors show how values undergird and shape every aspect of human life and activity. We cannot simply wish them away or hope that we will function well without them. Without values and virtues we lose sight of who we are, what God has purposed us for on earth, and the need to value, respect and appreciate the other (person).
Elma Pollard, eco-consultant and owner and editor of The Green Times. I’m delighted to endorse The Virtuosa Organisation. My mission is to inform, educate and enlighten the business community and wider public on all aspects of crafting an integrated, responsible and sustainable environment - within which all species, humans and business can thrive. Such passion for being virtuous comes from within, and The Virtuosa Organisation not only ignites the spark, it also shows the way and the benefits.
AN OUTLINE OF THE BOOK:
SECTION 1: GENERAL
1: The dark side of leadership
SECTION 2: DECODING da VINCI VALUES
7: His Life, Works and Virtues
SECTION 3: A CASE STUDY
SECTION 4: CULTIVATE AWARENESS
10: Deeper Mindfulness
SECTION 5: TAKE RESPONSIBILITY
13: Making the mundane meaningful
SECTION 6: SEEK THE TRUTH
17: The Question is …
SECTION 7: ENGAGE THE SHADOW/BALANCE MASCULINE & FEMININE
21: Eight Archetypes to live by
SECTION 8: INTEGRATION
24: Rinpoche people
SECTION 9: PRACTICING LOVE
27: Being in the love zone
SECTION 10: THE WAY FORWARD
Chapter 31: The ukulungisa challenge
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