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5 THE STORY — HOW THINGS GOT TO BE THIS WAY

Abdullah, Sharif M. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

It’s all a question of story. We are in trouble just now because we are in-between stories. The Old Story—the account of how the world came to be and how we fit into it—sustained us for a long time. It shaped our emotional attitudes, provided us with life purpose, energized action, consecrated suffering, integrated knowledge, and guided education. We awoke in the morning and knew where we were. We could answer the questions of our children. But now it is no longer functioning properly, and we have not yet learned the New Story.

—THOMAS BERRY 23

CHANGING OUR STORY is the fastest and most effective way to change our world.With a changed story, we can move rapidly to change our toxic relationships with the Earth and each other. Once the story changes, the old paradigm becomes unthinkable.

In order to understand how things got to be the way they are in the human world, let’s look at how things got to be the way they were on Rabbit Island.

On Christmas Day, 1776, British explorer Captain Cook arrived on Kerguelen Island, a Connecticut-sized land mass covered with grass in the Indian Ocean.24 One of the things Cook did while he was there was release a few rabbits. He thought the rabbits would provide fresh meat for any sailors who followed.110

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Chapter 5: The Affirming Leader

Sugerman, Jeffrey Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

As you might expect, Affirming leaders have a pretty positive vibe about them. They excel at building morale and creating a supportive environment. They’re quick to acknowledge the contributions of their team members and to show people just how much their efforts and talents are appreciated. We’ll elaborate on the value of the Affirming leader in Chapter 13, but in this chapter, we want to go behind the scenes to understand what makes these leaders tick. More specifically, we want to help Affirming leaders understand some of the more subtle psychological mechanisms that can hold them back.

If you’re an Affirming leader, you probably have an easy, cheerful demeanor. People instantly pick up on your warmth and sincerity, and they probably find you extremely easy to talk to. Clearly, there are deeper motivations, needs, and assumptions underneath this friendly exterior that drive you to act the way you do. The more you understand these drivers, the more you’ll be able to consciously control and shape your leadership style.

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1 Human Resource Development as a Professional Field of Practice

Swanson, Richard A. Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

INTRODUCTION

Human resource development (HRD) is a relatively young academic discipline but an old and well-established field of practice. The idea of human beings purposefully developing themselves in order to improve the conditions in which they live seems almost part of human nature. HRD theory and practice are deeply rooted in this developing and advancing perspective.

This first chapter serves to highlight the purpose, definition, origins, context, and core beliefs of HRD. These highlights provide an initial understanding of HRD and functions as an advanced organizer for the book. The chapters that follow fully explore the depth and range of thinking within the theory and practice of HRD.

PURPOSE OF HRD

HRD is about adult human beings functioning in productive systems. The purpose of HRD is to focus on the resource that humans bring to the success equation—both personal success and organizational system success. The two core threads of HRD are (1) individual and organizational learning, and (2) individual and organizational performance (Ruona, 2000; Swanson, 1996a; Watkins and

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Pass On the Evocateur’s Gift 5

Schuster, John P. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

TO LIVE CONTENT WITH SMALL MEANS

TO SEEK ELEGANCE RATHER THAN LUXURY, AND REFINEMENT RATHER THAN FASHION

TO BE WORTHY, NOT RESPECTABLE, AND WEALTHY, NOT RICH

TO STUDY HARD, THINK QUIETLY, TALK GENTLY, ACT FRANKLY

TO LISTEN TO THE STARS AND BIRDS, TO BABES AND SAGES WITH OPEN HEART

TO BEAR ALL CHEERFULLY, DO ALL BRAVELY, AWAIT OCCASIONS, HURRY NEVER IN A WORD,

TO LET THE SPIRITUAL UNCONSCIOUS AND UNBIDDEN GROW UP THROUGH THE COMMON.

William Henry Channing

YOU HAVE COME some distance in answering your call. You believe intensely that you have a calling, and you have escaped the clutches of a saboteur or two. The good news is that people who have identified their calls don’t just attract saboteurs, they also attract supporters.

When you find support for your call in the form of people who take the time to assist your development, you begin the work of adding value to the world by becoming more of who you are. In this chapter we explore how assistance often comes in the form of dedicated others. Providing this assistance in and of itself is a type of calling.

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14 Monitor and Adjust

Burke, Fauzia Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
John F. Kennedy

Like many things in life, planning is key for an effective strategy. View your online presence just as you already view important relationships—you have to check in, touch base, and give updates to keep your relationships going. So you don’t just want to pop up randomly in the social media world and then disappear or go silent for a few months. To build your following you have to stay the course.

Monitor the data from your website, newsletter, and social networking, and adjust as you go. I am often asked what I know for sure in the book publishing, book marketing, and digital marketing industry. While there isn’t one magic formula for every author and every book, there are some specific steps you can take to carve out your niche, build your brand, and create a community. Let’s review them:

The age of the generalist is over. Find your niche, hone your skills, develop your audience, and be brilliant. Be a specialist. It’s better to have deep knowledge of a narrow topic than to have shallow knowledge of a great many topics. It is easier to build a brand if you define your expertise and become the master of that niche. Maybe your audience will not be huge, but every person who needs that information will look to you first.

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