VicPergola

About Vic Pergola

Vic has over 30 years of executive experience as senior manager and business owner for both for-profit and non-profit operations, including 20 years of consulting and counseling. He combines depth of character with exacting expertise across a spectrum of skills, and digs in deeply to identify and resolves needs. Vic is passionate about success, leadership development and entrepreneurship. He is a gifted public speaker and can read in six languages. Vic is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Counselor with more than 3,000 executives counseled over the last 20 years; he conducts over 40 executive leadership workshops and spiritual formation workshops each year.

“POEISIS”

It’s Greek: from the verb poiew (to make, to fabricate). It is the root of our word “poetry” which for us is a noun but in its Greek root it is a verb.

It is a conjunction point: work & thought; matter & time; begetting & bringing forth; it is a sense of movement.

In the twentieth century in both philosophy and literature the sense of “Poeisis” defines a movement “from” something “to” something: examples

The blooming of a blossom
Butterfly from cocoon
The plummeting of a waterfall
The melting of snow

Poeisis in our new century defines personal and corporate “movement” with the most obvious examples being technology and biology which define the frontiers of our current century.

The challenge of Poeisis is thus individual and corporate; the need “from” something “to” something; a sense of change and transformation.

The real point here is that it is a VERB. Soooooo. . .what are we doing?

DecisionPointe consults and coaches on the making of transitions
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Vic Pergola vpergola@grolistic.com 216-308-1648
 

By |July 14th, 2014|DecisionPointe Blog, Grolistic|0 Comments

“CLINAMEN”

Latin this time not Greek; from the ancient writer Lucretius (“De Rerum Natura”; “On the Nature of Things)

His book was lost to us for a thousand years and then suddenly rediscovered by Poggio Bracciolini in 1417 in the library of a dusty German Monastery.

Lucretius used the word “climanem” to describe a “swerve” an inclination, a bias, a movement that originates at the atomic level (Lucretius translating and expanding the thought of Epicurus) but impacts all areas of life; psychology, physics, biology, chemistry,

For our purposes, we simply reflect on the “swerve” within and what happens to us as we mature. We grow more connected to an inner “call” (“vox”) and must heed the call to “swerve” into new directions and transformations.

“Swerve” and “call” and “response” are fundamental to spiritual movement and formation.

PointeVierge (“The Virgin Pointe”) is located in the “movements” of individuals and leadership and groups/congregations. We focus on:

 Individual direction and transformation
 Leadership direction and transformation
 Congregational direction and transformation

Vic Pergola vpergola@grolistic.com 216-308-1648

By |July 14th, 2014|Grolistic, Pointe Vierge Blog|0 Comments

“HAUNTINGS”

Just completed the new book by James Hollis (“Hauntings”) a Jungian therapist, professor, author and extremely helpful to all of us in the consulting/counseling professions. 

He speaks of “hauntings.” For example:

“The greatest haunting we all suffer is the lost relationship to the soul” (140)
“Becoming a person is actually a very difficult project” (140)
There is within us a “vox” (an inner call to vocation) and also “vocatus” (that which the outer world is asking of me/us)
Within our haunted souls (anxiety, depression, lostness, psychosis, neurosis) is a deep sensibility to “act” and generate movement as a solution to our haunting
Hollis quotes Beckett & Rilke :

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Beckett (145)
Our task is to be “continuously defeated by ever-larger things.” Rilke (145)

Spirituality as a theme and investigation is all the business rage today. For us, simply; where do we place ourselves within this context?

By |June 19th, 2014|Grolistic, Pointe Vierge Blog|0 Comments

“SARISSA”

Philip of Macedon introduced it and his son, Alexander the Great used it most effectively; a very long spear or pike  (typically 8-16 feet) which provided the phalanx with the opportunity to strike at some distance prior to being “hands on.”

With the arrow it became short range strategic artillery and always in tight formation, the “cluster” effect. Between the  “onrush” of cavalry (Alexander rode Bucephalus) and the “clustering” of compact strategic groups, it became all about  speed and power to the focal point.

Several books just now (“The Second Machine Age” by Erik Brynjolfsson & “The Lights in the Tunnel” by Martin Ford) are suggesting that technology has become the new strategic business “Sarissa.”

No longer is technology simply an enabler of business. We are now at an “inflection point” whereby what used to be science fiction is now a reality. Digital “fluency” is a requirement and it is now becoming about speed and power to the point of focus.

Technology is now the long spear. What does it mean for each of us? All of us?

 

By |June 10th, 2014|DecisionPointe Blog, Grolistic|0 Comments

“Coniunctae Feminae”

Yes, it is Latin: “Coniunctae Feminae” (Women United). It was the title selected for a women’s retreat in recent days; there being some woman who wanted “more” than the typical business seminar.

We divided the themes into four parts. Thus:

An examination of Temperament (MBTI) and how we function with it
A series of stories told by participants which we described as “numinous narratives” (stories of impact and intervention into our lives: a person, an event, a symbol
We discussed “liminality” which is the feeling and actual circumstance of being in an “in between” place, a point of “transition.” We wrote and we spoke.
Lastly, we went through “mapping” exercise in an attempt to define what “more” means for us and how do we carve a path going forward

Our methodology was very interactive with plenty of room for dialogue and summary.

Interestingly, this process is a microcosm of how to handle a transition, be it personal, or in a group. Transitions are often scary, difficult, unexpected, and in our current world of complexity, it is good to have a method and approach.

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By |May 19th, 2014|Grolistic, Pointe Vierge Blog|0 Comments

“Quaestio”

“Quaestio mihi factus sum”

Yup, it’s Latin. . .from Augustine some 1600 years ago.

Typically translated as follows:

“I have made a question of myself” or “I have become a question to myself”

Or let’s be more colloquial in translating:

“I have become a puzzlement to myself” or “I puzzle me”

How interesting that a statement so ancient sounds so modern and psychologically contemporary. It’s the statement one hears very often in coaching others; be they young and starting out; or somewhat accomplished yet confused; or older and trying to figure out what to do “when I grow up.”

Of course the problem is that we are in fact already “grown up” and choices are before us; “questions” seize us and we become our own puzzle.

If we look at the quote again we note the following:

“Me” is sandwiched by the “question” (“Quaestio”) and by an “action” (“factus sum” has “facio” as its root which is “to do or to act or effect.” So when in a place of puzzlement, it’s prudent “action” that is called for. Do we ask the right questions? Do we produce the proper actions?

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By |May 5th, 2014|DecisionPointe Blog, Grolistic|0 Comments

Positive Disintegration

Doing a fair amount of reading recently and came across this:

A fundamental truth in professional therapies is “positive disintegration” stated by Polish psychologist Casmir Dobrowski. He posits that:

“Most people grow as a result of falling apart.”

In the Dialogue with another therapist it was suggested to Dobrowski that surely a person can grow through success.

Dobrowski responded:

“Theoretically, yes, we can grow through our successes, just as easily as we can through our failures. But I can say this: through more than forty years of psychiatric practice I have rarely seen it. Almost always deep growth takes place through the opposite-our deaths, our losses, our dark nights of the soul.”

Many of us have been through disintegration in these previous years and even currently. The “positive” part of this experience is often elusive.

Many have experienced painful disintegration in the workforce. The issue in transformation is one of interpreting correctly and moving forward boldly.

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By |March 27th, 2014|DecisionPointe Blog, Grolistic|0 Comments

“STOCHASTIC”

Currently reading David Bohm: “Wholeness and Implicate Order” which is, perhaps, one of the more important books since World War II.

He is exploring ways of making consciousness, rational thought, and physical reality (especially as defined by twentieth century physicists) weave together in a cohesive and sensible and understandable way.

A lot of life is “stochastic” (from the Greek “stochos” which means “target” and thus “to aim”). In physics, in neuroscience, in biology, in higher math, in spirituality, and many other disciplines, we often do not hit the target but merely “aim” and try to cluster our “arrows” at a point we as of yet cannot see.

In this principle, certainty is often elusive yet aiming and clustering is still necessary. This can also be an internal experience similar to “lostness” and the need to “aim.”

Who has felt that recently?

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By |March 24th, 2014|Grolistic, Pointe Vierge Blog|0 Comments

“Chindi”

A Navaho word which could be translated as the “hungry ghost” the “empty ghost.” This is a characteristic of the “empty self” as stated by J. P. Moreland (Love Your God With All Your Mind).

The “empty self” is a cultural phenomenon in our society:

Extreme individualism 
Narcissism (exclusive self-absorption)
Lack of empathy for others
Infantile personality (“puer aeternus”- – -the eternal child)
Passivity thru consumption of entertainment and living vicariously
Excessive materiality
A multitude of addictive behaviors

Perhaps the question is:

How do we take on the “devouring ghost?”
We are entering a season of anticipation and borning. Do we stand with “angels” or “ghosts?”

 

By |November 22nd, 2013|Pointe Vierge Blog|0 Comments

Aquinas and “Vision”

Today’s business environment is loaded with “vision” talk (big picture) which often translates down to the individual worker (or job seeker in this economy); and everyone wants to know “what is the vision?” be it corporate or personal.

Aquinas had a differing approach and thought:

He called it “Visio”

Visio is not “out there”
It is not a starting point at all
It is a “culmination” or a “completion”
Visio is a “taproot” from which everything springs
Visio is “in here”
Visio emanates from a “vox” (call) within and an “action” (praxis) to express it

Get it?

By |November 22nd, 2013|DecisionPointe Blog, News and Events|0 Comments