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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

 

Goodbye Blogger...

the Alchemy of Soulful Work has a new home:
http://imaginactive.typepad.com/alchemyofsoulfulwork/

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I guess this was bound to happen. It's actually the third time I've considered moving to TypePad and something about this one just stuck. I've come to find that TypePad is easier to tweak, has loads more tools, and solves some of the pesky workarounds that I was forced to implement. In all, it was just time to graduate to a more professional platform.

Now with every move there are some challenges in getting used to the new neighborhood. My primary concern is that now that you're here as a loyal reader, I'm asking you to find me at a new address. Please understand that I apologize and hope that you'll make a little extra effort to reconfigure your RSS reader or however you read your blogs to the new address. Hopefully, you'll find your way to my new home. If you get lost, send me an email and I'll point you in the right direction.

This will be the last post at the old blogger address. So please come and visit at the spiffy, new digs at http://imaginactive.typepad.com/alchemyofsoulfulwork/. See you there. Housewarming gifts are optional :)

Friday, March 04, 2005

 

Developing Chaordic Confidence

Chris Corrigan at Open Space has a fantastic post from a week ago called Values, tools and authentic facilitation. What immediately pulled me into the post was this:
Work as practice. And by practice I mean something akin to a spiritual practice, whereby one undertakes a life of value and meaning through living in a particular way. When I feel my facilitation practice deepening, I notice that what I do is becoming more and more aligned with who I am.
I can think of no more noble way to approach our work than that. It's about taking pride in our chosen craft and finding ourselves in our profession.

But, then Chris took it deeper and discussed chaordic confidence, the idea that we have the ability to stay in chaos and trust that order will emerge. Scary, terrifying, liberating, and ultimately a source of the greatest creativity we can generate. It seems to be more than what we do and even how we go about doing it; it's about getting to the why behind what we do. In terms of Chris's work as a facilitator, he describes it like this:
Developing chaordic confidence is more than acquiring more tools. It is about integrating an approach to life and work that is anchored in a set of principles and values that serves our clients. For me these values include believing in the wisdom of the group, trusting that chaos produces higher levels of order and seeing conflict as passion that can be harnessed in the service of progress.
He offers a couple of powerful points of reflection...Do we know what our principles and values are? Do they anchor our own approach to life as well as work? Are they principles and values that serve others? Brilliant questions to consider over the weekend.


Categories: c.Creativity; c.Learning; c.Spirit

Thursday, March 03, 2005

 

Happy (Belated) Birthday Dr. Seuss

I really meant to write yesterday evening, but life sort of got in the way. Anyway, for those of you who have kiddies, teach kiddies, or are just a big kiddie yourself, you probably know that yesterday (March 2) was Dr. Seuss's birthday. In honor of this brilliantly whimsical man, the Bailey girls and I read some of our favorites: The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and There's a Wocket in My Pocket (unfortunately, we couldn't find Hop On Pop). Not too long, we'll introduce them to Oh, The Places You'll Go.

Earlier, we found Seussvile which is a neat website with games, interactive stories, and all kinds of other fun stuff (I'm kind of partial to Catch a Thing).

I have to admit that I don't know that much about Theodor Geisel and his biography on the site is a hoot. It seems he was destined to be Dr. Seuss. In his early years, his mother worked at her father's bakery and would memorize the names of the pies on special each day and then chant them to customers. If young Ted ever had difficulty falling asleep, his mother would do her pie chants. He later credited her "for the rhythms in which I write and the urgency with which I do it." I think I'll make learning more about him a higher priority.

And did you know this? One of Dr. Seuss's publishers made him a bet that he couldn't write a book using 50 words or less. Well, he did. Can you guess which book it is?

Green Eggs and Ham!

We're all fortunate to have had Dr. Seuss in our world. What a creative, playful soul.


Categories: c.Books; c.Play

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