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SoL Newsletter Fall 2012
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Dear Members and Friends of SoL,

We are excited to share with you our Fall 2012 issue of FLASH, The SoL Newsletter. We received a number of contributions from SoL members, friends and communities around the world. The FLASH continues to be one vehicle for our community to share important developments in the field of organizational learning and the latest updates on SoL community news and events.

As we aim to keep the FLASH as fresh, relevant and informative as possible, we invite you to submit information you would like to include in the next issue. You may submit information about ongoing work and projects, events, books, articles, websites, or videos that are relevant to SoL and organizational learning. We would be delighted, in particular, to hear the recent happenings and development in all of the SoL communities around the world.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and sharing them with the global SoL communities in future issues. To have your submission considered for our next issue please send your submissions to flash@solonline.org by April 12, 2013.

Enjoy reading SoL Flash!

Aki Fukutani, Lisa Kim and Frank Schneider
Society for Organizational Learning

October 31, 2012


Table of Contents

1. Featured Events

2. Membership in SoL

3. News from Global SoL and Local SoL Communities

4. SoL Programs with Peter Senge

5. SoL Community Programs and Events

6. SoL Community Programs and Events – Virtual World

7. New Books


1. Featured Events

Pegasus Communications’ 22nd Annual Systems Thinking in Action Conference: The Power Is in the Connections

November 12-14, 2012, Downtown Marriott Hotel, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Margaret Wheatley and Peter Block will join Peter Senge and other leading thinkers and practitioners to look at how understanding connections--at multiple levels--can be a key success factor in today's organizations. The annual Systems Thinking in Action Conference, now in its 22nd year, creates opportunities for innovative thinkers and progressive practitioners to share practical knowledge, tools and methods of systems thinking and organizational learning. SoL members receive a significant discount. Click here to register.

 

SoL North America Project Incubator

November 14, 2012 - 1:00-5:30pm – Downtown Marriott Hotel, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA (in conjunction with Pegasus' Systems Thinking in Action Conference)

SoL North America is inviting you to collaboratively create a set of activities and ambitions that we will all be motivated to pursue during 2013 and beyond. There are many ways that you can participate – both large and small – that will help more fully define, expand and realize SoL North America’s vision. Spend an afternoon with an energetic group of people committed to creating a new horizon. Bring your ideas, challenges, dreams and opportunities to an "incubator" and see what exciting outcomes the collective intelligence creates. The Top Five projects will "move out into the world" enabled by the SoL community to have a measurable impact on our world and learn by collective doing. To learn more about this event and to register please click here.

 

Sustainable Brands London Conference

November 27-28, 2012, London, UK

For the past 8 years, a community of sustainable brand innovators from around the world has been steadily growing. In June, 1,300 business leaders within the Sustainable Brands community gathered in the United States from over 20 countries across the globe to hear success stories and form productive partnerships aimed at turning sustainable innovation into competitive opportunity. The stage is now set for the community to convene for the first time in Europe to explore up-to-the minute ideas for building sustainable brand success. Now is your chance to discover what happens when brand strategists & design innovators connect with sustainability teams and thought leaders to drive disruptive innovation that delivers market leading business and brand value. Want to learn more? Go to event website.

 

SoL Community Café & Holiday Party - for SoL Members only

December 7, 2012 - 1:00-5:30pm & 6:00-9:00pm, Boston Area

We are happy to invite you to two community events for SoL Members only coming up in December. SoL's Community Café and SoL's Holiday Party. You can attend one or both of these events. So we can better plan for the sessions and most suitable location, please register by Friday, November 9!


The

Community Café will be held on Friday afternoon, December 7th (1:00-5:30pm). It is a benefit of membership and free of charge. It is designed as a half-day world café session facilitated by Peter Senge and a few story tellers to surface, share, and further explore together some of the leading edge work that has been going on in the SoL community.

The SoL Staff is also happy to invite you to the SoL Community Holiday Party on the same date (6:00-9:00pm) following the Community Café session. It is also a benefit of membership. This will be a great chance for you to celebrate the year and connect with other members in the SoL Community.

  

2. Membership in SoL

Join us as a SoL Connections Member
(includes subscription to Reflections: The SoL Journal)

Stay informed about what’s happening in the SoL Community worldwide by becoming aSoL Connections Member. By becoming a member, you’ll receive a free book of your choice from our online store, including The Necessary Revolution by Peter Senge et al., Theory U by Otto Scharmer, or our popular e-book Learning for Sustainability. Members also receive these great benefits.

  • A one-year subscription to Reflections: The SoL Journal published quarterly in electronic format. You will also get online access to all the current and past issues
  • Special offers from SoL partners, including discounted event registrations and products
  • The FLASH, SoL's e-newsletter, published 2-3 times per year with pointers to important developments in the field of organizational learning and the latest updates on SoL community news and events
  • Access to SoL online member directory. You can create your personal profile in the directory and connect with others who share a common interest in organizational learning and change
  • Member special rates on SoL events and courses. You save 15-20% of the regular price.


Subscribe to Reflections: The SoL Journal

Now in its 12th year, Reflections: The SoL Journal focuses on the leading edge of organizational learning in practice. The journal is a benefit of membership in the SoL community. It is published quarterly in electronic format and can be downloaded at SoL’s website.

The last issue, Volume 12, Number 2, includes articles with commentaries on sustainability from members of the larger SoL community.

  • No, the Poor Will Not Always Be With Us by Paul Gilding
  • Working for the Larger System: An Interview with Riichiro Oda by Riichiro Oda and Linda Booth-Sweeney
  • The Power of Creative Constraints; Book excerpt from ‘Infinite Vision: How Aravind Became the World’s Greatest Business Case for Compassion’ Pavithra K. Mehta and Suchitra Shenoy
  • Think Big. Go Small: The Benefits of Smallholder Sourcing’ by David Bright and Don Seville
  • The Art of Sustainability: Creative Expression as a Tool for Social Change by Dominic Stucker and Johanna Bozuwa

The next issue, Volume 12, Number 3 will be published in the coming days and focuses on Health and Healthcare. It will offer intimate stories of patient-doctor relationships, of navigating personal medical crises, and of grassroots efforts to improve the overall health of local communities. The stories are a good starting point for conversations about ways to renew and revitalize this critical and fragile system.

You can get access to Reflections as a benefit of membership by joining us as a SoL Connections Member.

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Organizational Membership and Other Services

If you are interested in having your organization become a member of SoL or would like to know more about other services SoL provides such as consulting, coaching and customized, in-house capacity building, please contact Frank Schneider, SoL's President and CEO, for further information.

 


3. News from Global SoL and Local SoL Communities

Global SoL

May 2012 marked a major milestone in our ambition to become a truly international network of networks. On May 19 and 20, the first General Assembly of the "Global Association of SoL Communities" (short: Global SoL) took place in Stockholm, Sweden. During the Assembly, the participating SoL communities refined and approved the constitution and elected the Board which consists of 11 members each representing a different local or interest-based SoL community. The communities further explored their vision for Global SoL and some of the key elements include making each other visible to each other, applying a disciplined approach to learning with and from one another, and engaging in shared activities or projects. The Board of Global SoL together with members of the communities will continue to refine this vision as part of a charter that will be developed over the coming months. The charter will more clearly define the aspirations, activities and relationships of SoL as a global learning community.

We are proud to share that Global SoL was incorporated as a non-profit organization in Austria this Summer! There are about 20 recognized SoL communities around the world and we expect more will be initiated in the months and years ahead.

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SoL Colombia
From Anamaria Aristizabal

SoL Colombia strongly believes that aligning our members with a vision of sustainability, social justice, and spiritual fulfillment is key for what we are promoting – organizational learning. We are closely connected with the "Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream” symposium by the Pachamama Alliance.

We sponsored a big symposium and hope to have more in the future.

Recent Development: It was a real pleasure to send one of our members to the SoL European Forum. We are very grateful to SoL France for their hospitality in our visit to Paris. We will continue to develop relationships with other SoL communities!

SoL Colombia has been active since December 2009, but we realized that there were other iterations that existed in Columbia prior to us. We will have a meeting with their previous leaders to learn their lessons. We also have formed learning circles on different topics and are slowly building our strategy and service portfolio. Stay tuned for our developments!

About me: I am a founding member of SoL Colombia. I am a coach and leader in training with New Ventures West, as well as a facilitator and organizational consultant. I teach various workshops and design change interventions. I enjoyed meeting many of you at the European SoL forum and hope we can stay in touch. I have been experimenting with a methodology of network building, developed by my friend, Cristian Figueroa, in his initiative "tejeRedes” (weavingNetworks). It playfully teaches the way of being in a network, the various roles present, and how to interweave face to face and virtual spaces. You can check out www.tejeredes.net (Spanish only).

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SoL Hungary

From Agota Russia

Knowledge sharing is partnership networks: Systems thinking in education: We have initiated and by now completed one project with 5 schools (2 Hungarian, 1 Dutch, 1 German, 1 Spanish), learning how to apply systems thinking in the classroom. We continue to apply Grundtvig learning partnership program with SoL Italy, SoL Greece, and seed groups in Croatia and Slovenia. We started this project in 2012 and plan to complete this project with a major learning and sharing conference in 2014.

Other workshops with SoL Hungary.

  • Hosting Transformation: A project with EU Learning Partnership support including 5 organizations from various countries, mostly focused on Youth for Transformation.
  • BESS-Blue Economy for Summer School: An initiative of G. Pauli in cooperation with Tibor Kiss, SoL Hungary Chair and a lecturer in Economics, Hungarian University in Pécs
  • KúT program:A Community development program with Tempus Public Foundation
  • Collegium Danubius: A long cherished project, starting this summer and continuing to develop in the following years. Designed to offer a generative and experiential learning space for young people in their early 20s and in their early 30s.
  • Coaching to Inspire (2 times/year): A 3-day program based on system-work and mindfulness for coaches and leaders. Participants learn knowledge and skills that make us open for the larger whole and that build spaces for creation and contribution even in the time of despair. (open to public)
  • Beyond CSR-The Necessary Revolution (2 times/year):12 levels of interventions (based on Donella Meadows work) focusing on the first 3 most important interventions for lasting change (3 days, open to public).

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SoL Italy

From Luigi Spiga

After the European Forum and our accreditation in May SoL Italy started to implement several activities to become a generative community using an archetype from Dance of Change: Setting the growth process of profound change into motion.

Ongoing work : We are opening local communities in Rome and Milan, using the Circle of Seven structure for the governance. Other local communities will follow in Bari, Perugia and Verona. We are creating a SoL Jeans group for the next generation of SoL members and leaders, too.

Books : We are working on the Italian edition of Presence in collaboration with Franco Angeli, one of the biggest editors in Italy. It will be followed by other SoL books, starting with Theory U.

Projects : We are considering the possibility of bringing the BALLE organization from North America to Italy and Europe, and to the Team Academy in Italy, and collaborating with the international project True Colors.

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At the same time as Global SoL has taken on a more tangible form, SoL North America has also continued to refine its vision and operating model. Within the Global SoL Network, SoL North America will function as a local community for the North American region, like other geographic SoL communities. The purpose of SoL North America is to continue to advance the objectives and methods of organizational learning so that they have a significant and sustainable impact on leadership and management methods.

SoL North America will be organized as a membership organization and bring individual and organizational members together with non-members to affect our world by: (1) Convening (learning from one another by relating-thinking-doing together), (2) Collaborating (creating opportunities for mutually beneficial work) and (3) Courses (courses and events that will advance the practice of organizational learning). In fact, SoL North America's first big event is the Project Incubator, held on November 14 in Indianapolis, Indiana (in conjunction with the Pegasus' Systems Thinking in Action Conference). For more information see above under "Featured Events". Back to Top

SoL Inc., located in Cambridge, MA (USA), will be renamed and continue to function as a core element of SoL North America. The transition process from SoL Inc to SoL North America will take place over the next 3-6 months and has significant advantages for SoL community members such as minimizing confusion and redundancy in having two organizations within the same geography, conserving resources by having one legal entity support the activities of SoL North America and continue to steward services that benefit the entire SoL Community, offering SoL Inc's well established capacity building programs (e.g. Foundations for Leadership, Learning for Sustainability, Executive Champions' Workshop) and capitalizing on SoL Inc's 15-year history and solid business footing. There will be no immediate changes to activities and services that SoL Inc has provided to its members and the larger global SoL community.

As an important step in the transition process, the SoL Inc Interim Council was renamed SoL North America Council to reflect the new reality.

SoL South Foundation, India

SoL South Foundation’s flagship event: Inviting Emerging Future (IEF) was offered for the seventh time between June 27 and 30, 2012. Eleven participants from different walks of life came together to reflect on their current reality and patterns, clarify their deeper aspirations, and create a roadmap towards them.

IEF focuses on the learning discipline Personal Mastery. This is an intuitively designed, transformational program that is non-intrusive in nature. It provides a deep reflective space for individuals. Based on a deep conviction that each human being intuitively knows one’s own purpose of existence, the program is designed drawing on both Eastern philosophy (Ancient Indian wisdom; Eastern meditative practices) and Western Theory (The Fifth Discipline; Theory U).

SoL South Foundation is offering another edition of IEF from November 28th to December 1st 2012.

For more information on SoL South Foundation and upcoming events (including Coaching from a Systems Perspective, February 7-9, 2013 in Bangalore) visit our website: www.solsouthfoundation.com or write to programs@solsouthfoundation.com

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SoL Sweden

From Frances Tait

Blessed with sunshine and a gorgeous venue, SoL Sweden hosted the highly successful 3 day SoL European Forum in Stockholm in May 2012. The event attracted 185 attendees including 60 who were new to SoL. The theme was "Towards a new reality - transformation of organisations and values.”

The Swedish love of nature and group singing was a recurring thread throughout the event, as was the pivotal role we humans have in shaping our future. Speakers spoke of the urgency of the planetary crisis, the transformed world of business, entrepreneurial success against all odds, value-driven culture changes and emerging developments in consciousness. There were storytellers, open space conversations, workshops, opportunities for reflection, meditation and movements, delightful meals and even a disco. Much of the event was graphically recorded. In the final reflection session, participants were encouraged to commit to action after the event. There was a sense of urgency that prompted suggestions that perhaps the next Forum could be centered around solving actual projects with our combined expertise. Full information and resources can be found here.

SoL Sweden Programs for Fall of 2012will include SoL Drop-in Pubs and members’ meetings concerning:

  • Lean from a learning perspective
  • Learnings from the SoL European Forum 2012
  • Personal Mastery

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SoL Communities Around the World

SoL currently has about 20 recognized communities globally and many other communities in formation. These include: SoL Australia, SoL Austria, SoL Bay Area SoL, SoL Brazil, SoL Croatia, SoL Finland, SoL France, Gulf SoL, SoL Hungary, SoL Japan, SoL Netherlands, SoL North America, SoL Philippines, SoL Spain, SoL Turkey, SoL UK as well as SoL Global Coaching Community. If you’d like to read more about these communities or would like to contact them as they are active in your country or region please visit the websites below or contact us at flash@solonline.org

Some of our communities can be reached through their own community website. Please visit their websites to stay informed about the latest updates and events from these communities.

SoL Austria http://www.sol-austria.at/

Bay Area SoL http://bayareasol.wordpress.com/

SoL Brazil http://www.solbrasilonline.org.br/

SoL France http://www.solfrance.org/

SoL Hungary http://www.solhungary.hu

SoL Netherlands http://www.solonline.nl/

SoL Spain http://www.solspain.org/

SoL Sweden http://www.solsweden.org

SoL UK http://www.sol-uk.org/

SoL Global Coaching Community via Wayne Scott.
(To apply for membership complete questionnaire and send to Wayne Scott) 

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4. SoL Programs with Peter Senge

SoL’s Leading for Sustainability Program
Dates TBD, Boston Area

Facilitated by Peter Senge, Joe Laur, and Darcy Winslow

This workshop is for leaders and teams of all sorts who are passionate about developing sustainable strategies and practices in organizations, institutions, industries, and communities across the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. It is a synthesis of the core organizational learning disciplines—systems thinking, mental models, collaborative inquiry, personal mastery, and shared vision—and the practical know-how developed within the SoL Sustainability Consortium over the past decade, much of which is captured in Peter Senge's book The Necessary Revolution. In this interactive workshop, participants have the opportunity to work on concrete challenges around social and environmental sustainability.

RSVP your interest in this workshop by November 30 and receive a 10% tuition discount at registration.

SoL’s Foundations for Leadership Program
March 19-21, 2013, Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel, Bedford, MA

Facilitated by Peter Senge and Robert Hanig

The purpose of this session, based on The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge, is to explore the sources of our leadership. Participants will come away with a renewed understanding of how they can facilitate change, both within their organizations and in their personal lives. This program goes deeply into the domains of personal mastery, collaborative inquiry, and the systems perspective applied to sustaining profound change. The session includes a few interactive lectures, many paired and small-group exercises, a simulation game, large-group dialogue, and regular opportunities for personal reflection.

This program will also be offered September 24-26, 2013, facilitated by Peter Senge and Beth Jandernoa, Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel, Bedford, MA.

SoL’s Executive Champions' Workshop
August 20-23, 2013, Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe,Vermont

Facilitated by Peter Senge, Otto Scharmer and Arawana Hayashi

The Executive Champions' Workshop (ECW) is a special setting for nurturing new thinking and relationships among executive leaders in today's rapidly changing economic and social landscape. Offered byinvitationfor executives who are champions of change, the ECW is a unique opportunity to reflect, refocus, and recharge, preciously rare activities in today's frenetic business world. The workshop is organized around in-depth strategic dialogues on a small number of key issues, and is a unique opportunity for deep conversation among like-minded executives focused on strategic issues that are shaping the future of institutions worldwide. To learn more, go to the SoL Website.

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5. SoL Community Programs and Events

Coaching from a Systems Perspective

November 14-16, 2012, Indianapolis, IN
(in collaboration with Pegasus Communications, following their Systems Thinking in Action Conference)

This coaching program will deepen and broaden your ability to coach from a systems perspective to helpyou see yourself as a human system working and living in larger systems. When you understand those systems and how they operate, you are better able to achieve your goals. Coaching from a Systems Perspective was developed by eight members of the SoL Global Coaching Community, a recognized community of SoL. For registration click here

The program will also be offered as follows: February 7-9, 2013 Bangalore, India in collaboration with SoL South Foundation. For questions and additional information, please contact Miriam Hawley at Miriam@SystemsPerspectivesLLC.com

For questions and details about the program contact Rick Karash Richard@SystemsPerspectivesLLC.com

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Introduction to the World Café: Hosted by Samantha Tan and Amy Lenzo

December 3rd, 5th, and 7th, 2012, 9-11am Pacific Time
Offered in a one day face-to-face format, and online in a series of three 2 hour webinars.

  • Learn about the history and global reach of the World Café
  • Become familiar with hosting etiquette and seven guiding principles of the World Café
  • Experience the "magic" of the World Café with a master host
  • Understand the contexts most suitable for a World Café
  • Get ideas and feedback on how a World Café could be useful in your organization or community.

 

 

For more information or to register please contact Bo Gyllenpalm or Amy Lenzo (amy@theworldcafe.com) or visit their website.

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Presencing Foundation Programs with Otto Scharmer, Beth Jandernoa, Arawana Hayashi and other facilitators from Presencing Institute

Sao Paulo Brazil (November 25-29, 2012)
Cape Town, South Africa (March 5-8, 2013)

This program is an intense introduction into the concepts and practices of Theory U and Presencing. You will learn how to sense and seize future opportunities and how to connect to the deeper journey in your professional and personal life in order to become a more effective leader and change maker in your work environment. The program introduces Theory U, a social technology for helping to bring about profound innovation and change. This method focuses on sensing and actualizing emerging future opportunities, both individually and collectively. Participants are encouraged to attend in teams.

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Conversational Leadership - Methods for Engaging Collective Intelligence

December 1, 2012, Sonoma State University
From Laura Peck

Conversations matter. They expand learning, engage collective wisdom, and ignite action. Today’s leaders need to know how to frame questions and convene diversity. You are invited to join Andrea Dyer and Laura Peck, regional stewards in The World Café Community, in a day of theory, tools, and hands-on practice with Conversational Leadership: Methods for Engaging Collective Intelligence.

Outcomes: A new lens for understanding the work of leadership, capacity to engage stakeholders using The World Café methodology, ability to craft powerful questions

Who Should Attend: Second year OD graduate students, program alumni, and local Organizational Learning and Development professionals

Contact Laura Peck lpeck@clarosconsulting.com if you would like to participate.

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SoL Austria Pow Wows

The Pow Wows are informal meetings at the HUB Vienna. These are opportunities to get together with the SoL Austria Community and a network of people who are interested in topics concerning organizational learning and sustainability. The remaining Pow Wow is scheduled for the evening of November 26, 2012. For more information, please contact Anita Frank at office@sol-austria.at.

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SoL Sweden Monthly "Pub” Evening

First Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm. Open to non-members, these informal "Pub” evenings are opportunities for conversation about a current topic from SoL’s perspective on organizational learning. You are welcome to bring up your own challenge as a starting point for conversation.

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31st International Conference of the Systems Dynamics Society, 2013
Creating the Future from Within
July 21-25, 2013, Cambridge, MA USA

The annual System Dynamics conference brings together people from around the world to share important research and application results and to build the community of those active in the field. For 2013 we return to the Cambridge-Boston area, just minutes from MIT where Jay Forrester conducted his groundbreaking work. The conference, with a theme of Creating the Future from Within, will emphasize prospective studies with a focus on internally generated dynamics.

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6. SoL Community Programs and Events – Virtual World

Hosting World Cafés: The Fundamentals

Offered in a three-day face-to-face format, and online in a seven-week distance-learning format with weekly webinars - in collaboration with the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University.

Some degree of familiarity with The World Café is recommended. The schedule will be announced on the World Café website. This interactive, academically rigorous course provides graduates 19 CEUs in academic or professional credit. It is designed for serious students who would like a solid understanding of the World Café method and philosophy, and want to work with senior practitioners in a peer-to-peer environment to learn how to host powerful and effective World Cafes. Please check the World Café website regularly for future offerings of this program. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at learning@theworldcafe.com

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Webinar: "Strategic Planning: The Cure or Casualty of Organizational Overload?"

Thursday, November 15, 2012 (01:00 PM to 02:30 PM)
Speaker: David Peter Stroh, a Principal with the organization consulting firm Bridgeway Partners and a Founding Director of www.appliedsystemsthinking.com.

One of the greatest and least understood causes of poor strategy execution is that people in organizations are overloaded - they have too much to do to understand and follow through on a limited number of priorities. In this webinar, you will learn to: assess the impact of overload on such critical success factors for your organization as strategic effectiveness; understand the root causes of the problem; and identify high leverage interventions that enable managers to sustain organizational momentum on top priorities.

Cost: Only $10 for ASP Members, $20 for Non-Members. To Register visit: Association for Strategic Planning Website.

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Just Start Course – A Self-Directed Online Program

You learn the fundamental, yet often ignored mindsets, skills and practices common to highly successful entrepreneurs that are applicable whenever you face an uncertain future. The program is a self-directed online program that spans 5-8 weeks. Over the duration of the program you get to apply the Just Start principles taking smart actions that produce immediate results. Participate in this program to help you create whatever you desire. Click here for more information on the latest course information, dates and registration instructions. New program dates will be announced soon.

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7. New Books

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Leadership

Harvard Business Review

How can you transform yourself from a good manager into an extraordinary leader? We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles on leadership and selected the most important ones to help you maximize your own and your organization's performance. This collection includes these best-selling HBR articles: featured article "What Makes an Effective Executive" by Peter F. Drucker, "What Makes a Leader?" "What Leaders Really Do," "The Work of Leadership," "Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?" "Crucibles of Leadership," "Level 5 Leadership: The Triumph of Humility and Fierce Resolve," "Seven Transformations of Leadership," "Discovering Your Authentic Leadership," and "In Praise of the Incomplete Leader."

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Schools That Learn: Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares About Education

Peter M. Senge, Nelda Cambron-McCabe, Timothy Lucas, Bryan Smith, Janis Dutton

Drawing on observations and advice from more than 90 writers and experts on schools and education, this new edition features:

  • Methods for implementing organizational learning and explanations of why they work;
  • Contemporary stories and case studies from the "field”—classrooms, schools, and communities;
  • Charts, tables, and diagrams to illustrate systems thinking and other practices;
  • Guiding principles for how to apply innovative practices in all types of school systems;
  • Individual exercises useful for both teachers and students;
  • Team exercises to foster communication within the classroom, school, or community group;
  • New essays on topics such as educating for sustainability, systems thinking in the classroom, and "the great game of high school”;
  • New recommendations for related books, articles, videotapes, and web sites;

And more.

Schools That Learn, Revised and Updated, ultimately offers teachers, administrators, students, parents, and community members the tools, techniques, and resources to address these considerable challenges, and provides pragmatic opportunities to transform school systems into true learning organizations.

Transformative Scenario Planning: Working Together to Change the Future

Adam Kahane

People who are trying to solve tough economic, social, or environmental problems often find themselves frustratingly stuck. They cannot solve their problems in their current context; the larger system within which they are operating is too unstable or unfair or unsustainable. They cannot transform this system on their own or by working only with their friends or colleagues; the system is too complex to be grasped or shifted by any one person or organization or sector. And the actors whose cooperation would be necessary to transform the system don’t understand or agree with or trust each other enough to work together. This book describes a powerful new methodology for dealing with this increasingly common set of challenges. Transformative Scenario Planning is a creative and constructive way for actors from across a whole system to work together to transform that system. It is a way for them to get unstuck and to move forward on solving their tough problems.

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Dialogue Gap: Why Communication Isn’t Enough and What We Can Do About It, Fast

Peter Nixon

The book that bridges the gap between simply communicating and optimal decision making. For years Peter Nixon worked with people from all walks of life, advising and training in the art of negotiation. It soon became apparent that what was preventing optimal decision making was not the give and take of negotiation but the dialogue between stakeholders. We have become experts at sending information (via email, text message, Internet, TV, social media) i.e. communicating, but at the expense of engaging in dialogue, defined as collaborative thinking. In Dialogue Gap, Nixon explores the growing gap between the quality of dialogues we have and the quality of dialogues we need to succeed in a world where the ability to engage with and influence others (in order to address change and conflict in the corporate, social, political and environmental landscapes) has become essential for humanity to succeed @work, @home and in society in the 21st Century. Order your copy from Amazon.com

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Care to Dare – Unleashing Astonishing Potential Through Secure Base Leadership

George A. Kohlrieser, Susan Goldsworthy, & Duncan Coombe

The book explains the thinking behind the secure base concept and explores how becoming a secure base leader releases extraordinary potential in others and releases you from the fears that hold you back. From research with over 1,000 executives all over the world the book reveals nine characteristics that Secure Base Leaders display on a daily basis. The findings show that a primary difference between a successful leader and a failed leader is the presence or absence of secure bases in his or her life.

I would deeply appreciate hearing your reaction to Care to Dare. The book is available to purchase right now at major booksellers, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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YOU AND YOUR PARTNER, INC.

Miriam Hawley & Jeffrey McIntyre

You and Your Partner, Inc.illuminates how copreneurial couples (in business together) as well as coexecutive couples (in separate professions who powerfully support each other) are at the forefront of a creative and productive business model for the 21st Century. We believe that the business model we have experienced ourselves and witnessed emerging in the lives of these couples is a viable and compelling model for business at large. Visit our websiteand download Chapter One!

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Money and Sustainability: The Missing Link

"Pioneering new research from the Club of Rome”

Bernard Lietaer, Christian Arnsperger, Sally Goerner and Stefan Brunnhuber

In 1972, the first Report for the Club of Rome –The Limits to Growth– famously spelled out the unsustainable consequences of an economic system that demands infinite growth in a finite world.Just asThe Limits to Growthexposed the catastrophic flaws in oureconomic system, a new Report from the Club of Rome – entitled Money and Sustainability: The Missing Link- exposes the systemic flaws in ourmoney systemand the wrong thinking that underpins it. It describes the ongoing currency and banking crises we must expect if we continue with the current monopoly system – and the vicious impact of these crises on our communities, our society as a whole and our environment.

It finishes by setting out clear, practical proposals for creating a money ‘ecosystem’ with complementary currencies to support and stabilize the current money system. Click here for more details of the book.

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Cambridge, MA 02142

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