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Trojanmice Complexity Club. Newsletter 21
Introduction

I mentioned in my previous newsletter that I was disappointed because I seemed unable to find things new. I have now come to realise that I am an experience junkie and that in order to learn I need new experiences. I love travelling to new places, eating different food, just experiencing new experiences. So if you hear of anything new please let me know.

Quotes (again thanks mainly to Dave Gurteen)

"I have learned the novice can often see things that the expert overlooks. All that is necessary is not to be afraid of making mistakes or of appearing naive."

*** Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) American Psychologist ***

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“It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”

*** Chinese Proverb ***

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“For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but will not fly.”

*** Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) Lebanese-American Poet Philosopher & Artist ***

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Stories

The Wise Teacher

There was once a leader of a major monastery in China who was known for his purposeful teaching. However, instead of lecturing people on his teachings and getting lost in theory and concept, he would demonstrate his purposefulness by sweeping the steps of the monastery with all his being. People would come to the monastery gate inquiring about the teacher of the monastery, and the “sweeper” would say. “The teacher is teaching now.”

Articles

Dancing with Systems : by Donella Meadows

A fascinating description of applying complex adaptive systems to the real world. I particularly like the concept that systems are best danced with.

http://www.wwdemocracy.nildram.co.uk/all_change/all_change_07.htm#dan

A Point to Ponder

Much of the discussion around leadership is still about the characteristics/attributes/skills of “The Leader”; that is, concentrating on the person. But leadership does not exist in the material world (you cannot see it, touch it etc.), because it is a construct – something that is developed in the human brain. What you can observe, however, in the material world, is the behaviour of others in relation to a leader. Therefore leadership is a transaction that exists between people and not within people and what we should be describing is the nature of the transaction rather than the nature of the person.

So giving it a go, my perception is that leadership occurs when:

There is an alignment of values, beliefs and purpose between people and where there is one or more in the group who seems to be able to deliver the purpose through the energies of the group.

 Things like caring, support, trust, etc. may be helpful but are not essential and are therefore not part of leadership!

What do you think ~ arguments most welcome.

Books

The Sense of Being Stared At ~ by Rupert Sheldrake

What is the mind and where does it actually reside? Is the mind simply a function of the brain or is there a more subtle explanation for the mysteries of cognition and intuition? For years, controversial biologist Rupert Sheldrake has been gathering a body of scientific data which confounds conventional wisdom about the nature of the mind. His findings suggest that our mental capacities do not simply exist within the physical body of the individual, but in fact extend beyond those physical limits, even defying space and time. Sheldrake's groundbreaking research points to the fact that all consciousness is connected on a subtle level, which means that what we think may have a far greater influence than we normally assume. In fact, his theory on the mind asserts that our thoughts are part of a living organic system that connects all of life.

I am not sure that I go with all, or any, of Rupert Sheldrake’s conclusions but he certainly forces me to think.

And Finally

It is the festive season again, so all good wishes and have a peaceful break. Just try and find a little time to wonder.

Best wishes