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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

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Story teller Saundra Kelley gives feedback on a previous newsletter 'Man Must Fight'.

Does the end ever justify the means? is the subject of this month's newsletter - a subject which relates to the characteristic of authenticity

We are one of the selected collaborators for David Hutchens new book "Circle of the 9 Muses: a storytelling field guide for innovators and meaning makers" (Publisher Wiley & Sons, to be released April 2015). This is a feather in a South African story practitioner's cap.
David Hutchens is an author, business writer and learning designer who creates communication solutions for The Coca-Cola Company, Wal-Mart, IBM, GE, Nike, Bank of America, and others. In the USA he is a nationally recognized developer of innovative learning products. His work has been recognized with distinctions such as Training & Development's "Training Product of the Year"; ASTD's prestigious "Excellence in Practice", Brandon Hall Gold award, and more.

Last year Business Storytelling for Dummies (by Karen Dietz and Lori Silverman, published by Wiley & Sons) included our narrative competency level/ application assessment tool.

Go to: The Periodic Table of Story Telling
to find a wonderful 'toy' covering many aspects of story construction (especially for cinema).

We are busy training Change Partner coaches in the different uses of story during coaching sessions

- Executive Coaching and the Development of Virtues (A transcript of a talk given to the South African College of Applied Psychology November 2014)

- Agility Ability
In a world of uncertainty, change and black swans, organisations need coping mechanisms. This then is the new AA - when we break our addiction to the same patterns of response and develop our agility ability. (Commissioned by Leadership and Change Magazine)

- Silver Coins: the Parable of the Virtuous Business
Written for Southern Cross, Southern Africa's Catholic Weekly newspaper (, the parable of the good Samaritan is looked at for lessons for business that go beyond 'mere' ethics.

- Attention Matters: Technology Overload.
Linda Ray draws on neuroscience to look at how technology overload is changing our brains, and how we must adapt to stay on top of it - by developing 'attentional intelligence'.

- Fake Authenticity. An objective look at a the hot leadership topic of authenticity

PRACTITIONER TOOLS newly added are teachings and exercises on essential leadership skills, often surprisingly neglected in organisations. They include:
- Letting Go
- Forging ties that bind
- A template for rational decision-making
- A template for rational problem-solving
- Improving listening skills
- Learning to ask the right questions in the right way


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

There is no such thing as a value free, or unbiased position on anything - Richard Rohr

An economic system centered on the god of money needs to plunder nature to sustain the frenetic rhythm of consumption that is inherent to it - Pope Francis

After the game, the King and the pawn go into the same box - old Italian proverb

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