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  1. Newsletter 1: Abraham the Atheist
    A story to evoke comment on just how entrenched (even invisible to us) our belief systems can be, and other matters... read full newsletter

  2. Newsletter 2: Good judgment
    How does learning happen, good habits get promoted, crucial conversations benefit from story?.. read full newsletter

  3. Newsletter 3: Bumble the caterpillar
    In what way do parables, fairy tales and stories speak to us?.. read full newsletter

  4. Newsletter 4: Synesthesia
    Thinking and imagining with all our sense... read full newsletter

  5. Newsletter 5: Rumi extracts
    Wisdom from Rumi the Sufi mystic and highest-selling poet in the USA.. read full newsletter

  6. Newsletter 6: Baucis and Philemon
    A story to ponder with respect to corporate life, and customer service values and delivery.. read full newsletter

  7. Newsletter 7: The Parrot and the Oil
    Funny and insightful Rumi, in part about our own self-image and projecting onto others.. read full newsletter

  8. Newsletter 8: Business Presentations and Story
    How to give good presentations, enlivened by story.. read full newsletter

  9. Newsletter 9: Explaining The Halo & the Noose
    What strangles and hinders, what liberates?.. read full newsletter

  10. Newsletter 10: Stories Everywhere
    The reach and scope of story in various situations.. read full newsletter

  11. Newsletter 11: Rinpoche People
    A way of seeing others and understanding self.. read full newsletter

  12. Newsletter 12: Stories Travel the World
    A map of the many uses of story, poetry and metaphor in business life, and thoughts on how quickly they travel.. read full newsletter

  13. Newsletter 13: Lucky or Unlucky Thirteen?
    Go and wake-up your luck.. read full newsletter

  14. Newsletter 14: Scenarios and Stories
    Story and the business scenario process and outcome.. read full newsletter

  15. Newsletter 15: Introducing Pat Grayson
    About our publisher Pat Grayson and his connection to the story movement.. read full newsletter

  16. Newsletter 16: Ethical Behaviour
    Reflecting on the relevance of the good (normal?) Samaritan today.. read full newsletter

  17. Newsletter 17: Giving
    Reflecting on gratitude, giving and the gift of story.. read full newsletter

  18. Newsletter 18: Resolutions, Memories by P.Fox
    A father remembered.. read full newsletter

  19. Newsletter 19: Contributions by Pete Castle
    The editor of Facts & Fiction shares his story-journey.. read full newsletter

  20. Newsletter 20: Watch that halo effect
    First impressions – insights from Kelly’s personality theory.. read full newsletter

  21. Newsletter 21: Little Red Riding Hood
    A reconditioning, projective story technique used by clinical psychologist Debbie Howes. A fairy tale that speaks to our unconscious. LITTLE applies to the child aspect of our being, RED (the colour of blood) to our life force, RIDING represents the capacity to master and control the vehicle or journey we are on, and HOOD is that which covers and holds within all that we are... read full newsletter

  22. Newsletter 22: Conversations
    Thought-piece by The Narrative Lab on improving conversations.. read full newsletter

  23. Newsletter 23: Myths
    The truth and myths .. read full newsletter

  24. Newsletter 24: The Hero Within
    A meditation technique for accessing your inner resources.. read full newsletter

  25. Newsletter 26. Chief Joseph Rides to Surrender
    A contemplation of a Howard Terpning painting of Chief Joseph's surrender, life and leadership lessons.. read full newsletter

  26. Newsletter 25. He shrunk the world
    An examination of one man's determination to succeed, and the impact that his efforts have had on our lives.. read full newsletter

  27. Newsletter 27 Only a story? Not if your brain has its way
    .. read full newsletter

  28. Newsletter 28 Story and the Whole Person
    Story touches the whole person - physical, emotional, social, mental and spiritual. That's why story telling, story listening and story writing are such important skills to learn.. read full newsletter

  29. Newsletter 29: Tempus Fugit: stories, work and time
    "Ideas take time to catch on in a culture. The insights of leading edge thinkers and scientists such Albert Einstein have been around for some 80 years before their ideas truly influence the way we construct our reality. Take time and space for instance. Many of us still hold on to the notion of time as linear". Read on............ read full newsletter

  30. Newsletter 30: An Interview with Kathy Hansen
    Katharine Hansen PhD is a leading proponent of deploying story telling for career advancement. The Story Practitioners' interviews on her 'A Storied Career' web site read like a Who's Who of Story Tellers. She interviewed us..... read full newsletter

  31. Newsletter 31: Chain Reactions
    Chain reactions, linear and non-linear, inhabit our lives. As 2011 comes to an end, this is for us the subject of a reflection.. read full newsletter

  32. Newsletter 32 Cycles of Change
    The typical narrative pattern closely aligns with personal and organisational change patterns.. read full newsletter

  33. Newsletter 33: Ethical Guidelines for story-tellers
    Guidelines for story-tellers, antennae for listeners, factors for employers to think about when selecting a story practitioner..... read full newsletter

  34. Newsletter 34: Haiku Winners and Staff Choices
    We publish the 10 winning haikus, offer 7 staff choices (diagnostics and articles).. read full newsletter

  35. Newsletter 35 The goose at the pond: illusion or reality
    Being aware. Choosing our attitude... read full newsletter

  36. Newsletter 36: Words and Pictures
    "Words and pictures are yin and yang, married they produce a progeny more interesting than either parent" - Dr Seuss.. read full newsletter

  37. Newsletter 37 Business Narrative Competence
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  38. NEWSLETTER 38 Made to Measure
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  39. Newsletter 39 Narrative Research Resources
    For those interested in keeping up to date with research around the emerging science of story, here are some of the key sources you should know about.. read full newsletter

  40. Newsletter 40: In Praise of Emptyness
    Achieving more impact through less busyness. By accessing an ‘empty’ space of inner listening and imagining - we open up to new possibilities... read full newsletter

  41. Newsletter 41: Most Memorable Metaphors
    Metaphors are emotional, memorable, carry deep meaning. We look at some of the great metaphors from historical speeches.. read full newsletter

  42. Newsletter 42: Joseph Who?
    In appreciation of Joseph Campbell who throws light on our life stories.. read full newsletter

  43. Newsletter 43: Wabi Sabi
    We look at the possibilities for finding beauty in imperfection... read full newsletter

  44. Newsletter 44 Think about Life, Think about Rivers
    The river is an ancient and rich metaphor for life events, processes, transitions........... read full newsletter

  45. Newsletter 45 Story Mode and Waves of Change
    A look at how story induces a different state, changes us... read full newsletter

  46. Newsletter 46: 25 years ago
    An invite to an eighties party prompted some thought on that era. What has changed, what not? How have we as individuals moved on, and how have our stories changed, how have our many selves grown and developed?.. read full newsletter

  47. Newsletter 47 WONDER
    A return to wonder.. read full newsletter

  48. Newsletter 48 Going to fun from Monday to Friday
    Fun at work seems to take a back seat in difficult economic times. Maybe it's time to do the counter-intuitive and introduce (more) fun at work..... read full newsletter

  49. Newsletter 49 The Story of Amazing Labyrinths
    What is it about labyrinths that we need to experience, explore? How might they change our stories? Bring peace? Help the solving of pressing problems?.. read full newsletter

  50. Newsletter 51 Great Corporate Poets 1
    Introducing David Whyte...... read full newsletter

  51. Newsletter 50 The Forgotten People
    Two Cape Town business men with heart, Marc and Shane, live rough for a while on the streets of Cape Town.. read full newsletter

  52. Newsletter 52: Great Corporate Poet 2
    Introducing Ralph Windle..... read full newsletter

  53. Newsletter 53 Every Dance Tells a Story
    One of the oldest arts, Dance is the poetry of movement. Dance speaks to our larger selves. In dance, as in story, there are many forms, we are transported to other worlds during the process, it is a vehicle for self - expression, and we learn about life... read full newsletter

  54. Newsletter 54: Scratch the back of story and..........
    Story is not a panacea for all business problems as some would have us believe. However, there are many possibilities for narrative to contribute to business success.. read full newsletter

  55. 55 Games Businesses Play
    Games have enormous potential to invoke 'flow states', move businesses forward, introduce new realities.. read full newsletter

  56. Newsletter 56: Blind Spots
    We all have blind spots that we don't see, no matter how adept we are at seeing others' blind spots. How do we go about discovering and overcoming our blind spots?.. read full newsletter

  57. Newsletter 57: A Mindset for Making the Most of the Mundane
    How to make the most of what is normally seen to be dull, routine, boring and best avoided.. read full newsletter

  58. Newsletter 58: The 6 plus 1 Best Ways To Manage Your Time
    Time management has increased in important in a world of rapid change, complexity, digital overwhelm. Here are key tips to improve the quality of your life through more effective time and energy management.. read full newsletter

  59. Newsletter 59: Talent to Order
    Talent Management is a hot topic as the world of business continues to change and the future looms. We offer an approach to talent nurturing which may in parts appear counter-intuitive ...... read full newsletter

  60. Newsletter 60: Bridges
    Bridges to cross, to build, to burn ... and a bridge too far.. read full newsletter

  61. Newsletter 61: I walk the line
    The title of Johnny Cash's song inspired this newsletter. Lines are everywhere. We draw them, hold them, cross them. The eBook The Virtuosa Organisation draws a line in the sand for business organisations... read full newsletter

  62. Newsletter 62: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. Cliché?
    Is there a power of one, can we become the needed change - overcome what diminishes us as people, positively alter the world we live in? Is it time to take responsibility? .. read full newsletter

  63. Newsletter 63: The territory ahead of the rest
    Dorian takes us through a novel and highly effective way of preparing for the future, utilising collages ..... read full newsletter

  64. Newsletter 64: Positively changing the world we live in
    We're encouraged by Malcolm Gladwell's research - the small, seemingly insignificant person or organisation CAN bring about positive change, even when faced with the powerful, daunting and mighty.. read full newsletter

  65. Newsletter 65: A time to retreat
    Why, how, when to retreat ..... read full newsletter

  66. Newsletter 66: Amazing Strategic Grace
    Ever heard of a business that has Grace as a core value? Brian Fulghum shares how he and his team were able to apply the virtue of grace in Pakistan, where the prevailing sentiment was revenge... read full newsletter

  67. Newsletter 67: Corporate Speak
    A look at why we continue to use corporate speak, and a call to avoid it.. read full newsletter

  68. Newsletter 68: Our working relationship with nature
    We delve into the creativity benefits of spending time in nature as part of our everyday working activity.. read full newsletter

  69. Newsletter 69: Neuroscience and the way we behave financially
    Justin Kennedy shows how emotion tends to trump rationality when it comes to financial and economic decisions, and how we might balance this out.. read full newsletter

  70. Newsletter 70: Gift Giving
    How can we be aware of the impact of our giving in the workplace? Is it Eros giving or Logos giving?.. read full newsletter

  71. Newsletter 71 The Art, Science and Magic of Executive Coaching
    A perspective on the increasing need for executive coaching, the role of the coach, areas of importance, what typically emerges during the coaching process, and what results ..... read full newsletter

  72. Newsletter 72: The Common Good, Shared Values and Cultural Neuroscience
    What is the common good? How might we bring it about? Can neuroscience help?.. read full newsletter

  73. Newsletter 73: Moon Talk, Moon Walk
    A few days ago the moon was closer to the earth than it has been for 18 years. A reflection on the moon and stories ..... read full newsletter

  74. Man Must Fight
    We borrow the title of a book by Gene Tunney, World Heavyweight boxing champion, to explore how conflict is a part of the human condition, and our approaches to it.. read full newsletter

  75. Newsletter 75: Bringing Values to Life Using Stories
    Capturing and sharing stories as a means to cement organisational values is the subject of this article from Indranil Chakraborty. Much of Indranil's article resonates with the sentiments expressed in The Virtuosa Organisation.. read full newsletter

  76. Newsletter 76: The Third Thing: nurture, nature and ... ?
    The nature versus nurture debate is over. We look at how they inter-relate, and wonder if there is more ...... read full newsletter

  77. Newsletter 77: Developing Leadership Character for a Needy World
    Business desperately needs strong leadership founded on relevant character virtues. This is a huge challenge, but doable. Useful, practical models are emerging. Researches are also emerging which show the outcomes and benefits when these virtues are present... read full newsletter

  78. 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.. read full newsletter

  79. Newsletter 79: The challenge of change, and having a positive attitude
    When faced with major change events some go under, others keep their heads above water and successfully make the required transition ..... read full newsletter

  80. Newsletter 80: Where there is no vision the people perish
    The second of the change challenge factors, personal vision, is examined.. read full newsletter

  81. Newsletter 81: Empathy is not enough
    In this newsletter we examine the trait of empathy as part of: • emotional/ social intelligence • our coping with change/ stress/ adversity • our demonstrating of compassion • our human dignity and spiritual integrity We suggest ways of developing empathy, and going beyond – to practicing compassion and love - because although empathy is at the heart of being human, that is not enough. .. read full newsletter

  82. Newsletter 82: Adaptability
    Adaptability when faced with change is a required behaviour. In this newsletter we explain how to develop the skill.. read full newsletter

  83. Newsletter 83: Expressing Your Feelings
    Research shows that those who are comfortable with major change are skilled at expressing their feelings.. read full newsletter

  84. Newsletter 84: Stewarding our Self - esteem
    The first of four characteristics of being in control of self during major workplace and life change - self esteem - is the subject of this newsletter. How we can build and maintain high self-esteem, and in so doing improve our change hardiness... read full newsletter

  85. Newsletter 85 Staying Ahead of the Game
    We continue our series on building change resilience. Being proactive is one of the characteristics of being in control of self during major change... read full newsletter

  86. Newsletter 86: Is sharpening the axe needed?
    Stephen Covey's 7th habit for effective people is sharpening the axe, and it's an element of staying in control of self during change. Why and how often are two questions for each of us to answer for ourselves.. read full newsletter

  87. Newsletter 87 Inner Locus of Control
    Part of being in control of ourselves during change is having an inner locus of control ....... read full newsletter

  88. Newsletter 88: Buddha Boy on a Swing
    Poetry is another way of paying attention to, listening and observing the world. Spiritual mindfulness, virtues and seeing through different eyes are three backdrops to Dorian's poem.. read full newsletter

  89. Newsletter 89: Do I belong?
    Do I belong in the fast-changing world in which I find myself? A reflection prompted by art, story, prose and poetry.. read full newsletter

  90. Newsletter 90: Web of Jewels
    I've been inspired by contemplating the ways in which we can be a positive force for change as we traverse the web of life - especially when faced with the overwhelmingly negative actions of terrorist groups, corrupt big business, those who exploit others, degrade the environment ...... read full newsletter

  91. Newsletter 91: Charlie Chaplin - Keeping Your Humanity Alive
    “We are directors of our own movies and get to choose the lens” – meeting Charlie Chaplin and learning about life... read full newsletter

  92. Newsletter 92: ‘No, no it happened like this’: Memory and Imagination
    Memory - essential, valuable and fickle ....!.. read full newsletter

  93. Newsletter 93: Sword of Damocles: what is hanging over you?
    There are things we fear, things we anticipate and dread that they'll happen. There are situations that imprison us ... like the sword of Damocles, hanging by a thread ... How do we cope, what lessons can we learn?.. read full newsletter

  94. Newsletter 94 Don't Worry. Be Happy
    ‘Don’t worry, be happy’ – Bobby McFerrin. We all relate to the words of the song. Everyone wants to avoid being unhappy and to be happy. There is no magic wand but a clear choice we can make...... read full newsletter

  95. Newsletter 95: Coming Home
    There are times when we feel lost and ask Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I headed? Where do I belong? We examine these spiritual root questions using Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son as our lead in and guide ..... read full newsletter

  96. Newsletter 96 : Unleashing The Power of Compassion in Organisations
    Compassion and care (for others, the environment) is integral to sustainability, and can be developed through mindfulness practices.. read full newsletter

  97. NEWSLETTER 97: AN ANCIENT WISDOM: SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE
    The second in our series, WALKING BACKWARDS: Practicing Ancient Wisdom in Modern Workplaces. The ancient wisdom of social intelligence, with lessons from Hannibal... read full newsletter

  98. Newsletter 98: Good Changes
    19th Century French psychologist Émile Coué de la Châtaigneraie coined the mantra "Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better". We believe that this attitude holds for continuous improvement endeavours in organisations.. read full newsletter

  99. Newsletter 99 Stampede to Purpose
    This article first appeared as a posting on Culture University web site -a 100% education endeavour - an examination of how corporations are leveraging Purpose in the marketplace.. read full newsletter

  100. Newsletter 100 : And
    This is our 100th newsletter! It's been over 7 years since the publication of The Halo and the Noose and creation of our web site. This newsletter deals with a basic philosophy - using AND instead of OR/EITHER - whenever possible.. read full newsletter

  101. Newsletter 101: Diversity Revisited
    One of the most critical challenges for organisations in the coming years is increasing diversity within organisations. Is this reality a stumbling block or a springboard ...?.. read full newsletter

  102. Newsletter 102: Building BounceBackAbility
    Enlivening, enlightening, helpful conversations about building personal resilience (hardiness) to change and adversity may be found at http://www.liminalpodcast.com.. read full newsletter

  103. Newsletter 103 Secret of Superior Service
    We sometimes become so sophisticated in designing our customer service experiences, technology, processes - that we lose authenticity and natural responsiveness - the human touch that makes all the difference.. read full newsletter

  104. Newsletter 104: The Highest Virtue
    The highest human virtue, LOVE, must now take its full place in workplace communities.. read full newsletter

  105. Newsletter 105 Ancient Wisdom for Modern Workplaces
    An introduction to a free booklet that's making waves in the business world. It was commissioned by Culture Ambassadors, USA.. read full newsletter

  106. Newsletter 106: Still Caught in a Vice-Like Grip
    We update ourselves on how well business is adhering to its stated purpose and values - in the context of global economic, social and environmental issues .. read full newsletter

  107. Newsletter 107: Embracing Imperfection
    So much (sometimes hidden)damage results due to our frenetic chasing after perfection, pleasure, power, possessions, position ............... read full newsletter

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