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Newsletter 72: The Common Good, Shared Values and Cultural Neuroscience

What is the common good? How might we bring it about? Can neuroscience help?

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Aristotle, MacIntyre, the Catholic Church, others have sought to define and promote the common good. The triple-bottom-line for business is at essence about the common good. Pie in the sky or realisable?

The 20th IPM Women's Convention takes place on 25th July at the Durban Institute of Technology. Contact Nadia Thomson - 031 5644927

Together with The Green Times we've developed a unique inhouse programme:"Developing a culture of sustainability"

New articles posted in our Members Archive include Predicting Where Business is Headed, Is Neuroscience a No-brainer?, 4 ways Leaders Lead by Employing Virtue - Clusters. A new practitioner tool for leaders, and use by coaches, is a contemplation of The Web of Business Life.

The Virtuosa Organisation is to be published in hard copy format by Knowledge Resources

Our alliance partner Potential Exponents is offering an inspirational talks event on the evening of 16th August at Ratanga Junction in Cape Town.

A new 5 star review of The Halo and the Noose by Carl Greer, Clinical Psychologist and author of Change Your Story, Change Your Life:
"A valuable resource for those interested in the processes of organizational change and how to effect it using the power of story. While understanding that businesses can be looked at through the lens of numbers and statistics, Williams and Haarhoff make a persuasive case that it is even more powerful to look at them through the lens of story. This lens focuses on the soul of a business and sees its connection to the larger mythic themes of which we are all a part. Those connections provide both information and energy for business transformation and ultimately affect whether the business flourishes.
Drawing from a deep reservoir of stories from literature and folklore of global cultures, the authors tell these stories in workshops and in business consultations to expand listeners’ thinking about the business issues they are faced with. By engaging us as storytellers and listeners at the mythic, soul level, they stimulate change that otherwise might not happen. The book presents case studies in which the process of telling a story well and listening to a story well has helped people come up with creative and innovative approaches to business issues.
'Stories raise awareness, stimulate thinking, facilitate leadership, offer flexibility and possibility, nurture and engage',say the authors. One of their workshop participants said, 'I see story as a honeycomb, a structure to hold the honey'.This beautifully written book takes us into a honeycomb of food for the soul—useful information and inspiring stories. I recommend it to readers who would like to expand their ways of looking at themselves and the organizations with which they are involved".


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

“Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing” - Abraham Lincoln

“Neurons that fire together, wire together” - Psychologist Donald Hebb

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; and optimist sees the opportunity in evey difficulty" - Winston Churchill

"There’s a crisis of legitimacy in the institutions of industrial capitalism. Everywhere
old institutional models are stalled or failing and the leadership for transformation
is not coming forward" - The World Economic Forum’s Outlook
on the Global Agenda 2014

"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us" -
Alexander Graham Bell

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