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Bringing Purpose to Life: Reflexive Thoughts and Possibilities

By Rob Warwick and Pete Burden

“In academia, and in management consulting, we tend to put a lot of emphasis on induction and deduction, as if conversation was somehow a mostly rational process. When this way of thinking suggests that we are often in a process of abduction.”

and

“We may often be tempted to seek a resolution to a paradox. To collapse awareness of paradox, and to quickly take the view of ‘job done’. In practical terms, there might be pressure to do this. But paradoxes cannot be resolved, they can only be lived. People ‘rub along’ together, and it is through the process of interacting that understanding emerges.”

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Conscious business — impact and implications for HR and OD

By Pete Burden and Rob Warwick

“There are many things we can do. These include:

  • noticing and challenging our habits of speech
  • learning to sense and understand our feelings more accurately
  • learning to inquire not just advocate
  • reaching out to new and different types of people who will have challenging conversations with us
  • modelling different ways to work with power.”

and

“Conscious Business is an invitation to inquire”.

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Humility in Leadership

By Julian Stodd

“Humility is a willingness to recognise that we don’t have all the answers, and a strength to help others find the answers that they seek: and to do so with no expectation of reciprocity in the moment. It’s to engage without reward, beyond the sense of value that we add into our communities and to others.”

and

“Humility is not a position of weakness, it’s a foundation of strength. It’s not something nice to layer on top, but rather something to weave into our thought and action. It’s not incidental to great leadership: it’s the foundation of it.”

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