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Welcome to the Summertime edition of the Mobius Newsletter where we curate what to read, watch and listen to in the field of transformational leadership and organizational change. In this edition we feature faculty for the Next Practice Institute. As those of you who had planned to join us this year already know, since we continue to work within the constraints of COVID and need to steer clear of large, international get-togethers, we have cancelled the gathering that had been planned for October. Instead, the Annual Gathering of the Next Practice Institute will take place October 23-28, 2022 outside of Boston. We will announce details of the complete program in the coming weeks. We hope many of you will be with us for our long-overdue reunion. As ever, we welcome you to share the newsletter with friends and colleagues. We also welcome you to explore our recently relaunched website.

IDEAS WORTH SHARING

Team Coaching: Live Demonstration

In this one-hour video, Alexander Caillet and Amy Yeager share their team coaching model before diving into a live demonstration with a top team. Those interested to study with Alexander and Amy have the chance to do so at a future gathering of the Next Practice Institute (NPI), where they will lead a week-long, learning immersive. Until then, this is a greater taster session.

How to Facilitate Systemic Change

This book excerpt from Mobius Transformational Faculty members Paul Zonneveld and Mieke Jacobs explores what it takes to facilitate organizational change, applying seemingly small adjustments that allow for systemic dynamics to shift. To learn new ways of listening to and engaging in an organizational constellation with greater attunement and precision, Paul and Mieke will lead a track at a forthcoming NPI.

Overcoming Pandemic Fatigue

How to reenergize organizations for the long run. Much has been written on the topic of resilience in the past many months. As we continue to grapple with the challenges of new ways of working and for many, burnout, this comprehensive article from McKinsey & Company is well worth a considered read over the summer weeks. It helps clients and those serving leaders give up on the idea that sheer grit will see us through. We are on a collective journey from heroic to disillusioned responses, where there is an urgency to listen deeply and to offer “bounded optimism” to restore our collective wellbeing.   

FEATURED INSPIRATION

Attuning to the Beauty around us.

Take 7 minutes to experience this video tour of the 49 most beautiful places in the world. Afterward, set your intention to attend to the small and large details of beauty in your immediate environment wherever that may be. May this brief interlude interrupt the rush and pull of everyday life, offering you a way to honor and hold onto our connection the world over: to each other, all living things, and the precious air, rock and water that sustain us all.

FEATURED EVENT

The Wisdom of Trauma

“Trauma is the invisible force that shapes the way we live, the way we love and the way we make sense of the world. It is the root of our deepest wounds.” In this feature-length film, Dr. Maté offers a vision of “a trauma-informed society in which parents, teachers, physicians, policy-makers and legal personnel are not concerned with fixing behaviors, making diagnoses, suppressing symptoms and judging, but seek instead to understand the sources from which troubling behaviors and diseases spring in the wounded human soul.”

Sign up to watch the next broadcast of this incredibly special movie. Or, if you do not want to wait for the date, you can also purchase access to it as part of a self-paced package that includes the Talks on Trauma series featuring the teachings of many of the leading lights in the field who have influenced our work deeply such as Thomas Huebl, Peter Levine, Esther Perel, and Daniel Siegal.

FEATURED BOOKS

For our special Summertime edition, we celebrate the arrival of two invaluable resources for practitioners and clients alike.

No Bad Parts

Dr. Richard Schwartz’s much anticipated new offering. As the creator of the Internal Family Systems model, Dick is a systems thinker, therapist and Mobius Senior Expert credited with leading a revolution in psychotherapy. This highly accessible guide has been written for the lay person and practitioner alike and offers us a comprehensive and engaging text on how and why we need to adopt a wiser and more compassionate approach to embracing all of our inner parts. Dick’s learning tracks at previous NPI gatherings have been hugely popular with our community of practitioners. We look forward to confirming the next opportunity to study with him as part of the Next Practice Institute.

Wisdom

In Dr. Paul Dunion’s deep and powerful book new, Wisdom, he shares the harvests of his thirty years' clinical practice working with individuals and couples, focusing on depth psychology, shadow work, men's work and the evolution of Soul in everyday life. Paul is a mystic and longtime spiritual seeker whose wisdom can help each of us to create a spirit-informed life. We are greatly looking forward to welcoming back Paul, also a Mobius Transformational Faculty member, to future Next Practice Institute gatherings to speak about living into our larger soul stories. Until then, this is a timely and much welcome companion.

FEATURED VIDEO

 

 

The Secret to Becoming a Better Negotiator

New webinar with Mobius Chief Thought Leader Erica Ariel Fox talking to leadership advisor Susan Drumm in The Enlightened Executive series. This 30-minute conversation is a great way to introduce clients to the Winning from Within Method. The show notes, available on the same link, encapsulate the case for tapping into different parts of yourself to evolve as a leader. In the show, Erica discusses what being a 360-degree leader means, how becoming more self-aware produces better leadership outcomes, and how to embody and listen more effectively to your inner negotiators. 

FEATURED ARTISTS

Associate Fellow at Mobius, the poet David Whyte:

On Disappointment

“Disappointment is inescapable but necessary; a misunderstood mercy and, when approached properly, an agency for transformation and the hidden, underground engine of trust and generosity in human life. The attempt to create a life devoid of disappointment is the attempt to avoid the vulnerabilities that make the conversations of life real, moving, and life-like; it is the attempt to avoid our own necessary and merciful heartbreak. To be disappointed is to reassess our self and our inner world, and to be called to the larger foundational reality that lies beyond any false self we had only projected upon the outer world.

What we may call disappointment may be just the first stage of our emancipation into the next greater pattern of existence.”

From Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

If you are interested to join David’s next Sunday series, this is wonderful and restorative opportunity to spend contemplative time with David over three Sundays in September (12, 19 and 26) where he will look at the way we are being shaped and can shape ourselves for a better future even amidst the difficulty and heartbreak of our times. We are all, in David’s words, "getting ready to be ready": to be on the road again, to restart distant friendships, to venture off the beaten track, and perhaps to lose ourselves in a different way than the way we feel we are losing ourselves now. We are all getting ready, under our present constraints, to live a life that in the future could be just half a shade braver than our previous existence. You can register here.

With a genuine sense of regret, we have announced that due to COVID we are canceling this year's event and will host our Annual Gathering of the Next Practice Institute October 23-28, 2022. We will soon share the complete program for your consideration. Until then, you may wish to watch and share this brief introductory video that explains why we come together to invest in our continued professional development and deepen our connections to one another as a global community of practitioners.

Watch The Path of Inner Work, a brief introductory video.

 

 

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