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8: Measures of Time: Exploring Debt, Imagination, and Real Nature

Peter Y Paik Indiana University Press ePub

Exploring Debt, Imagination, and Real Nature

Julianne Lutz Warren

“WITHOUT MEMORY THERE is no debt,” writes Margaret Atwood in her 2008 book Payback—a series of lectures that explores debt as an imaginative construct. If the construct of debt requires memory, Atwood reasons, “debt [also] involves a plot line,” that is, a string of actions occurring over time, beginning with a handshake and heading toward a due date.1 It is increasingly evident that the human economy is reversing some of Earth's long-term trends. Modern conventional measures of a successful human economy have taken little account of the harmful consequences of such reversals. Many storytellers, however, have tried to incorporate nature's realities into their understandings of what it means for a human economy to be truly profitable for the long run. What might we learn, then, from such stories about the give-and-take between humans and Earth? Might they be helpful in reconceiving notions about debt in ways that are mutually beneficial to all life?

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Activity 18: It Works Both Ways

Ian Nicholls HRD Press PDF
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15. The Conference Model

Peggy Holman Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

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The Conference Model

The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

—Helen Keller

Redesigning Three Divisions of a Major U.S.Bank

A major U.S. bank involved employees, customers, and suppliers to redesign three divisions. In each case, hundreds of people participated in a series of two-day conferences where they identified their dreams for the future, examined customer relationships, identified how to improve critical organizational disconnects, and designed new organizational processes and structures.

The results: The Human Resources Division provided better service to its internal customers, the Mortgage Lending Division reduced costs by 25 percent and was named the corporation’s Service Center of the Year, and the Home Equity Division saved millions of dollars. The organization went on to use what they learned from their Conference Model® experiences to engage employees in subsequent mergers and acquisitions.

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Appendix A. Storyboarding

Janelle Barlow Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub


Storyboarding is a term co-opted from the field of film and video. It has now become a regular part of the planning of many videoconference programs, presentations, and even meetings—especially if the meeting has a significant visual component. Obviously, producing a storyboard would be overkill for informal meetings or for one-on-one webcasting.

Prior to a videoconference, a storyboard can be created and placed on the studio or meeting wall so everyone can see exactly who speaks when, about what, and which graphics are to be used. If you prefer to create a storyboard on your computer, you can use virtually any word-processing application to create one. You can clip and paste visual images to keep your storyboard lively. And you can print out copies for all participants. Software for storyboarding is also available. It can also be done with three-by-five-inch cards that are easy to move about with pins.

On the following page is a simple sample of a two-hour meeting of project managers with several component pieces and with three point-to-point locations.

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1 Leadership in the 21st Century

Charles C. Manz Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

A leader is best
When people barely know he exists,
Not so good when people obey and acclaim him,
Worse when they despise him.
But of a good leader, who talks little,
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
They will say:
We did it ourselves.
—Lao Tzu

HOW DOES THIS PERSPECTIVE FIT with your own ideas about leadership? Do you feel comfortable with the idea that a leader should not be obeyed or acclaimed, and in fact should barely be recognized? When you are called upon to lead do you prefer to take charge or to help others find their own way? These timeless words of Lao Tzu were written well over 2,000 years ago, yet they send an important message worth considering as we enter a new age. The recent end of the millennium seems particularly symbolic. We are living on the cusp of one of those rare technological turning points in history. Over the past two decades the information revolution emphasized computers and software. But this was only prologue to the main event—the Internet. Mankind is becoming truly “connected” and life will never be the same.

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