ontological inquiry

The Experience of Being in 12 Practices

Have you ever attended a seminar that offered prescriptive behaviors to adopt, processes to implement and content to remember? I recently had this experience.

What’s missing from this scenario depends somewhat on our expectations of learning and, more importantly, our view of being human. Do we react to, manage, or adopt change? Or are we co-creators of change?

To accept the former view implies an understanding of being as fixed, separate selves independent of our circumstances that responds to change.

If we accept the latter view, as co-creators, we shift:

  • From doling out prescriptive behaviors, adopting “norms” to conform
By |2022-08-17T09:26:39-04:00February 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Dignity of Being Human

We all possess dignity. Does that sound odd or even doubtful?

The inherent dignity of being human is often overlooked, as we reduce dignity to feelings of respect, admiration, or adoration.

While such traits may be useful and even necessary in some situations, dignity is more than a trait. It is a fundamental characteristic of being a human being.

With our current preoccupation with internet connections, social media postings, “likes,” and emojis, society tends to reward image and impressions. This finds us focusing on our appearance and the impression that we leave.

Such concerns work to strip away our own dignity. In doing so, DOWNLOAD PDF

By |2022-07-12T17:22:49-04:00December 4th, 2019|Blog|6 Comments

Learning from our blind spots

Leadership development today points to learning. But what kind of learning? Conventional programs offer training for new skills or study for new knowledge. Our ideal learning programs are useful and practical; they produce immediate results and increase productivity.

Learning, however, may not always be instantly useful or productive. At first, it may even seem counterproductive. What if a learning program were uncomfortable, disruptive, or frustrating and caused you to be unproductive?

This kind of learning typically involves some kind of unlearning. 

Our current reality defies conventional education. When knowledge is fungible, disruptive change is normal, and the nature of change is volatile and DOWNLOAD PDF

By |2023-01-25T16:46:09-05:00April 12th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment
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