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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

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100 newsletters, 136 articles and 6 books have been launched since the publication in 2009 of The Halo and the Noose!

The subject of this newsletter is getting beyond limited, dualistic, EITHER/OR thinking - embracing instead paradox, ambiguity, contradiction and AND (non-dualistic) thinking

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SUSTAINABILITY/ REGENERATION WORKSHOPS are now available following the success of the launch of From the Inside Out: the human dynamics of sustainability –

Participants learn how to successfully enter the sustainability arena, with exercises and interactive learning about invoking deeper awareness, establishing a temporal orientation, the new decision-making rules and savvy behaviour change suited to sustainability initiatives. Contact

Change Partners (Graham is an Associate) will be exhibiting at LEADEREX 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre on 24th August. Leaderex involves master classes (leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, future of work …), one on one coaching, exhibits - see website

RESILIENCE PODCASTS will appear over the next month. I converse with Liminal Transformational Coaching Burger Kirsten. We talk about why we more than ever need to build personal resilience, exactly what it is, the process followed to develop resilience, methodologies, techniques and tools that are used; and we discuss each of the nine characteristics of resilience that we need.

THE HALO AND THE NOOSE is being updated by popular demand. VERSION 2 is due in September. New chapters and sections include coverage of anecdote circles research and metaphor elicitation, unearthing higher purpose, deeper mindfulness, story ethics, a contemplation of the ‘container’ aspect of stories, a story competence and application assessment, and of course, more stories … and no increase in price!

Our EXECUTIVE GROWTH EXPERIENCE, designed and delivered in collaboration with leading leadership coaches and training practitioners in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, is being revamped and refined. Details of this deep dive weekend retreat, including reflections and conversations, will be announced soon.

On 25th August Graham lectures 90 undergraduates of the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) on leveraging story listening, gathering and telling


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The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life - Thich Nhat Hanh

What I know for sure is that people who have clarity about their purpose are lit up by their lives – Lorlett Hudson (find out more)

My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure - Oliver Sacks

I believe quite passionately that there is a better way. I think we can rewrite the book on business. I believe you can trade ethically, be committed to social causes and empower your employees all at the same time – Anita Roddick (The Body Shop International

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