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6 Switching Questions

Adams, Marilee Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

As I stepped off the elevator at the Pearl Building, I found Joseph watering his ficus trees with a large red watering can. It surprised me to see him doing something I would have handed off to my staff. He turned to me with a friendly smile. “I love having plants around. It’s a daily reminder that all living things require our attention,” he said. “No office should be without at least a plant or two. My wife, Sarah, is the gardener in our family. She says plants force you to ask questions. Are they getting enough water, enough sun? Do they need a little pruning? Do they need special nutrients? They thrive on questions, just like humans do.” He quickly finished his gardening chores and we went inside.

“When we finished our last meeting, we were talking about the Choice Map and what it tells us about Learner and Judger mindsets,” Joseph began. “Have you had any further thoughts about any of this?”

I guardedly told him about Grace, our talk in the kitchen, and how she’d taken the Choice Map from the refrigerator to work with her.

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Introduction: The Three Big Questions

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The Three Big Questions

ARE YOU SOMEONE WHO’S DONE ROUNDS with massage therapists, chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, orthopedists or perhaps even physiatrists (the newer hybridized medical physicians who straddle the world of orthopedics, neurology and physical rehabilitation)? Have you been told there’s nothing wrong with you, that no one seems to have a really clear explanation of why you’re having pain, and yet a couple times a year or more you just wake up with it?

Do you feel like you’re not doing anything out of the ordinary that would justify the pain you deal with? Maybe you get up off the couch one day and, suddenly, there it is again! Or is it while simply sitting still at your computer, you find yourself hit with that familiar burning ache or stabbing pinch? If you are willing to face the possibility that it’s not just old age and that there is an easier, more pain-free, day-to-day existence out there for you, then you should dive head first into this book.

On the other hand, if you are still holding out hope for a quick fix, this is

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2. Yes Is the Right Question

Block, Peter Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

yes is the right question.         The alternative to asking How? is saying Yes—not literally, but as a symbol of our stance towards the possibility of more meaningful change. If the answers to How? have not fed us, then perhaps we ordered the wrong meal. The right questions are about values, purpose, aesthetics, human connection, and deeper philosophical inquiry. To experience the fullness of working and living, we need to be willing to address questions that we know have no answer. When we ask How? we limit ourselves to questions for which there is likely to be an answer, and this has major implications for all that we care about.

The goal is to balance a life that works with a life that counts. The challenge is to acknowledge that just because something works, it doesn’t mean that it matters. A life that matters is captured in the word yes. Yes is the answer—if not the antithesis—to How? Yes expresses our willingness to claim our freedom and use it to discover the real meaning of commitment, which is to say Yes to causes that make no clear offer of a return, to say Yes when we do not have the mastery, or the methodology, to know how to get where we want to go. Yes affirms the value of participation, of being a player instead of a spectator to our own experience. Yes affirms the existence of a destination beyond material gain, for organizations as well as individuals.

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2 Hitting Rock Bottom and Rebounding

Seddiqui, Daniel Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Though I enjoyed Nebraska, I didn’t mind leaving. I was passing back through South Dakota on my way to Wyoming and looked forward to visiting the new friends I had met a few weeks earlier. The Klein family was out of town on a hunting extravaganza, so I drove 550 miles straight to Rapid City to visit Sugar Ray.

It was a long drive and I couldn’t help reminiscing. I thought of everything I’d been through in such a short period: wrestling a steer at the rodeo, the plane ride over Fargo, my farewell party at Metal Craft, hauling hay in Nebraska. This is just the beginning, I thought. I could feel myself growing comfortable with life on the road and perpetually being the new guy in town.

I was mostly lost in such pleasant thoughts, except for an aching dose of reality: I had been waiting for Sasha to return my call since leaving Omaha that morning. It was unusual and unsettling not to hear from her by midday. I knew something must be wrong, and as time wore on, I grew more concerned. I tried calling again, but without luck. I had no choice but to wait.

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14. The Role of the Social Architect

Block, Peter Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

the role of the social architect.         The work it takes to act on what matters is up to each of us as individuals. But as we do the work on ourselves, we also have to bring it into the world. My individual possibility also needs to be part of a collective possibility. One way to think of this collective aspect is through the concept of social architecture. If we can bring Christopher Alexander’s philosophy of architecture into the design and creation of an organization, a social system, we can conceptualize the role of a social architect. This is someone who is equipped to act on the aesthetics, values, or intuition of a situation in the manner of the artist, and also to act on the material or concrete aspects of a situation in the manner of the economist-engineer. Adding “social” to the title of “architect” builds on the sensibilities of the architect, as discussed in the previous chapter. Instead of being so concerned with bricks, mortar, glass, and steel, the social architect is also concerned with how people are brought together to get their work done and build organizations they want to inhabit.

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