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6. Am I willing to reclaim time to think?

Margaret J. Wheatley Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

Am I willing to reclaim time to think?

As a species, we humans possess some unique capacities. We can stand apart from what’s going on, think about it, question it, imagine it being different. We are also curious. We want to know “why?” We figure out “how?” We think about what’s past, we dream forward to the future. We create what we want rather than just accept what is.

So far, we’re the only species we know that does this.

As the world speeds up, we’re giving away these wonderful human capacities. Do you have as much time to think as you did a year ago?

When was the last time you spent time reflecting on something important to you? At work, do you have more or less time now to think about what you’re doing? Are you encouraged to spend time thinking with colleagues and co-workers, or reflecting on what you’re learning?

If we can pause for a moment and see what we’re losing as we speed up, I can’t imagine that we would continue with this bargain. We’re forfeiting the very things that make us human. Our road to hell is being paved with hasty intentions. I hope we can notice what we’re losing—in our day-to-day life, in our community, in our world. I hope we’ll be brave enough to slow things down.

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9. When have I experienced working for the common good?

Margaret J. Wheatley Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

When have I experienced working for the common good?

For many years, I have talked with people who helped rescue people from disasters—bombings, floods, fires, explosions. They always describe their experiences with grief, yet with energy and satisfaction.

It seems strange that, in the face of horror, they have these good feelings. But they’re describing an experience of working for the common good—doing whatever is necessary to help another human being. And that experience is always deeply satisfying.

In a crisis, the space is wide open for contribution. There’s no time to worry or hesitate, there are few or no rules. People have a deep desire to help, so they perform miracles. We discover capacities we didn’t know we had. The chaos and urgency of a disaster encourages people to try anything, far beyond any plan or training. As one person said: “There’s no risk, because it’s already a disaster. You just keep doing whatever you can to help. If one thing doesn’t work, you try something else.”

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Understand: Are You Listening Enough?

Beverly Kaye Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Most people need a reason to improve their listening skills (in fact, any skills). Here’s a reason: You can get more of what you want from your work if you improve your listening (in meetings, at lunch, around the water cooler) and your understanding of:

Pressured by Wall Street every quarter?

When you know the answers to these questions and others, you can support your leaders better and become an even more valued resource to the organization. Once you’re viewed that way, it’s amazing how others will help you get more of what you want. 138

I couldn’t believe I was promoted to this new role. I don’t fit the stereotypical profile of the charismatic, outgoing, extroverted leader. In fact, I’m the opposite. My boss said that I am one of the most trusted, respected managers in the plant. He said that peers and employees see me as empathetic and are willing to confide in me. They bring me their ideas and even the bad news when things aren’t going well. I know I’m a pretty good listener, but I never thought that skill could help get me promoted.

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38. Define Your Success

Jim Donovan New World Library ePub

Some people equate success with having a lot of money. While there’s nothing wrong with money, and we all need it (as we’ll discuss below), it alone will not make you feel successful. Too many people spend their lives chasing after money, only to find that it isn’t making them happy. Some have even lost everything in their obsessive quest for more dollars, yen, rubles, and pesos.

Others believe that having strong family and community connections results in feeling successful. Of course, while these ties are an important component of a successful life, they too are not all there is.

Personal-development legend Earl Nightingale defined success as “the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.” Again, though this is an important part of a successful life and is certainly a great compass for deciding where to direct your efforts, it is also not all there is.

In my opinion, creating and enjoying a successful life is a combination of balancing several key areas. Cultivating a deep spiritual connection to your Creator is, in my opinion, essential for achieving a truly successful life. It is the glue that holds the rest together. Having loving relationships and a strong connection to your friends and community certainly contributes greatly to your feeling more successful. Meaningful work — doing something that you deem worth devoting your time to — is another key.

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CHAPTER FIFTEEN: Theatre of dreams: social dreaming as ritual/yoga/literature machine

W Gordon Lawrence Karnac Books ePub

Stephen Fitzpatrick

Is not sleep perhaps the true home of the self, like the sea from which mankind first emerged at the dawn of time …? But if that is so, how can man re-enter that other life and yet remain awake enough to know it?

Gabriel Josipovici (1979, p. 4)

The truth of art lies in its power to break the monopoly of established reality … to define what is real.

Herbert Marcuse (1977, p. 9)

What is social dreaming?

I shall try to clear a space and occupy a ground in which this liminal object—social dreaming—can come more clearly into view. To do so I have deliberately “bracketed off” and put aside the putative meanings of any given set of themes made available in any given matrix. I have made this manoeuvre—foregrounding the structural, functional, and experiential/transformational aspects of social dreaming while recessing the epistemological—in order to attend not to the traces left by the process of social dreaming but to the object itself. Furthermore, the eventual process that is social dreaming in fact problematizes any attempt to fix and stabilize meaning(s) generated by matrix. According to this reading of social dreaming, the medium is the message.

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