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“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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By |July 14th, 2014|DecisionPointe Blog, Grolistic|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

“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.

Move forward boldly and transform your leadership skills~
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By |March 27th, 2014|DecisionPointe Blog, Grolistic|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

Humility And Hubris

A recent article in Harvard Business Review (by John Dame and Jeffrey Gedmin: 11:00 AM September 9, 2013) spoke of executive humility. They suggest several points of effectiveness to achieve a humility posture:

Resist falling for your own publicity.

Never underestimate the competition.

Embrace and promote a spirit of service.

Listen, even (no, especially) to the weird ideas.

Be passionately curious.

Hubris is just the opposite:

It conforms to our individualism, narcissism, pride of position to the neglect of others. Hubris clouds any sense of strategic vision, leadership development, or team work functioning. It is certainly interesting to see “humility” discussed in a business format.

 

By |October 21st, 2013|DecisionPointe Blog|0 Comments

Learning: Building Technical Chops

In working with clients we are always emphasizing learning and the building of knowledge; many forms of course from the detailed technical to the integrated experiential.

It is completely surprising in this current environment that many folks (working and not working) do not work at learning and often are adamant about why (too many work hours, too many responsibilities, too tired, etc, etc, etc. . .)

In Forbes this past summer (Jason Nazar | Forbes – Fri, Jul 23, 2013) one commentator spoke the following to the younger generation (20’s) about technical skills. His point:

You HAVE to Build Your Technical Chops

“Adding ‘Proficient in Microsoft Office’ at the bottom of your resume under Skills, is not going to cut it anymore. I immediately give preference to candidates who are ninjas in: Photoshop, HTML/CSS, iOS, WordPress, Adwords, MySQL, Balsamiq, advanced Excel, Final Cut Pro – regardless of their job position. If you plan to stay gainfully employed, you better complement that humanities degree with some applicable technical chops.”

Sooooooo. . .what are any of us learning these days???

 

 

By |October 13th, 2013|DecisionPointe Blog, Grolistic|0 Comments

Make Friends With Hephaestus

Hephaestus is the God of the forge, armorer to the Gods (Vulcan in the Roman Mythology), the forger of the armor of Achilles which is invincible and the creator of Athena’s shield which is invulnerable.

Hephaestus works the magic of the smithy and produces the brightest, illumined arms from dross material. He works in the bowels of the operations. He is lame, having been dropped from heaven by his mother (Hera).
So what business lessons here?
In the contemporary corporation the forge was once upon a time, accounting and finance; now it is systems and technology; closely wed to finance. Hephaestus is the CIO, the director of systems, the technology guru, and sweats over the data forge attempting to make invincible armor for the enterprise.

Intel was founded in 1971 and we now have decades of legacy dross data in most enterprises and not exactly sure what to do with it. And often our forgers are a bit lame (read grumpy and stubborn here) but they have the metallurgy for making the brightest armor.

This is called in our current world Business Intelligence (BI).

New Year suggestion: make friends with Hephaestus and do your research and homework on the metallurgy necessary for your enterprise be […]

By |May 29th, 2013|DecisionPointe Blog|0 Comments

A Reflection On Delta…

DELTA: “Delphi” (“The Oracle”)
The oracle at Delphi held a place of honor amongst ancient peoples, not only the Greeks. As we approach the Olympic Games in London, it is good to remember that Delphi was one of four sites for the ancient PanHellenic games, the precursor of our modern Olympics.
The Oracle was dedicated to Apollo and from its hearth an eternal flame was kept to “light up” historic moments in Greek history.

Our reflection concerns the “inner” oracle and the “outer” oracle;

Inner:  We may ask the question,

“What am I called to serve?”

As young people we must answer the call of the world and ambition. The difficulty of our present time is the inability of young people to find an appropriate call to work and begin the actioning of a career.

Older folks (50+) must dig deeper and ask the question more directly of themselves (ourselves) for we are often past “ambition” and need to answer a differing “call,” an inner “vox” whereby we can determine what our “soul” is calling us to serve. The challenge of answering this question as mature adults is the risk and honesty in facing the “call” from within.

In each case (younger and older) we need to […]

By |January 30th, 2013|DecisionPointe Blog, Grolistic|0 Comments

A Reflection on Beta

Bucephalus–Unstoppable!
It’s horse season. At the movies we have “War Horse,” at the track we have the thrilling finish to the Belmont, in this  season we have the disappointment of injury and no subsequent Triple Crown run.

Bucephalus is the ancient horse of glory, strength, and honor. He is Alexander’s horse, riding into every battle with him,  and dying at 30 in the battle of Hydaspes.  As with Secretariat, Seabiscuit, and Triple Crown winners, Bucephalus is  unstoppable.

There is a great mosaic of Alexander on Bucephalus charging at the Persian king at the battle of Issus (one of several battles that shifted the entire course of history).

Soooo. . .a couple of simple reflections:

Listen to Alexander or any jockey (past or present). They are one with their horse in a mystical unity of purpose & intent. Where is my point of unity?
Mythical horses are unstoppable (past mythic or present mythic). What is my intent and attitude?
Mythical riders and their mounts train heavily. What “praxis” (practices/training) do I need to implement as a common discipline?
Mythical mounts and their riders adjust to the surprising circumstance. What surprises do I confront and how to do adjust and answer?

By |June 10th, 2012|DecisionPointe Blog, Grolistic|0 Comments