Dialogue – A proposal

By David Bohm, Donald Factor and Peter Garrett Contents: Dialogue – A proposal Why dialogue Purpose and meaning What dialogue is not How to start a dialogue Suspension Numbers Duration Leadership Subject matter Dialogue in existing organizations Dialogue – A proposal Dialogue, as we are choosing to use the word, is a way of exploring the roots of the many crises that face humanity today. It enables inquiry into, and understanding of, the sorts of processes that fragment and interfere with real communication between individuals, nations and even different parts of the same organization. In our modern culture men and Read More …

Contemplative Leadership Books

Leadership on the Line Heifetz, R. A., & Linsky, M. (2002). Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press. ISBN 978-1578514373. Price: $18.96 The Leadership Challenge Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (2012). The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. ISBN 978-0470651728. Price: $17.46 (Note: This title is available in LIRN.) The Art of War Sun Tzu. The Art of War. This book is a literary classic and is available in many editions. It is also available free on line. The most readable on-line edition, based Read More …

Nonviolent Climate Crisis Change

Avi Kaplan sings “Change On The Rise” as Greta Thunberg organizes nonviolent change to the climate crisis “We don’t want you to be hope, we want you to panic!” ~Greta Thunberg Greta On The Rise “The symbolism of the school strike is that since you adults don’t give a damn about my future, I won’t either. Why should we care for our future? When we might not have one and why should we bother to learn facts when facts don’t matter in this society. It’s absurd that young people will have to skip school and risk their own education because, they Read More …

Conscious Leadership as a Spiritual Journey

Article by Margaret Benefiel (May 2019 eNews) What is conscious leadership? When I received the annual Elks leadership award my senior year in high school for my leadership in the Elma Sunshine Makers 4-H Club in Elma, Washington, I thought I knew pretty much everything there was to know about leadership. After all, I had brought the club back from the brink of extinction by talking my friends’ mothers into being project leaders, I had recruited my mother to chaperone our club at 4-H camp every summer in the rough open-air cabins, and I had encouraged club members’ participation in the Read More …

Creative Leaders

I’m sad to report that in the past few years, ever since uncertainty became our insistent 21st century companion, leadership has taken a great leap backwards to the familiar territory of command and control. —Margaret Wheatley There is no greater training for true leadership than living in the naked now. There, we can set aside our own mental constructs, receive input and ideas from all directions, and lead even more creatively and imaginatively—with the clearer vision of one who lives beyond himself or herself. This is surely why some of Christianity’s great mystics, such as Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), Ignatius of Read More …