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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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Doubt, uncertainty and vulnerability in leadership: using fiction to enable reflection and voice

By Rob Warwick

“In other words, to acknowledge the anxiety of strategy and policy formation that manifests itself in overly rigid controls and simplification in communication, yet to recognise the practical skill and wisdom of those on the frontline. This is not a case of either/or, but awareness of the importance of both to each other. Situations in which we find ourselves are rarely clear-cut; there are tensions and competing priorities that require an holistic understanding so as to make the next plausible choice… ”

and

“Each time I have watched the play [The Tempest] I remember feeling a sense of immediacy at this point and slight discomfort; I was no longer a viewer but a player and part of the power relations, albeit in imagination. My sense of immediacy has been arrived at from a developing relationship with the characters; I care for some, dislike others, and am puzzled by several. ”

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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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