Soulful organizations LO11830

Malcolm Burson (mooney@MAINE.MAINE.EDU)
Sun, 12 Jan 1997 10:16:45 -0500

Replying to LO11767 -- "Disappointment -- no soul? and to Sherri's
suggestion therein:

I think the notion of opening a more "formal" dialogue session on this
topic, as we did in the Wheatley dialogue, makes sense. While I mostly
lurked on that one, I'm plunging in to start this one since, to my
surprise, no one else has done so yet. As we begin, perhaps it would be
helpful for Sherri or Rick to remind us of the dialogue principles we used

I, too, have found David Whyte's _The Heart Aroused_ helpful in my own
reflections on this issue. But I think I'll start the thread quite from
my own heart and curiousity. I would welcome responses rooted in stories,
in poetry, in the sages (Barry, is Rumi there?), but most of all, in daily
experiences from organizations. My own preference is for shorter, rather
than longer, posts, and at best, those which pose simple questions which
are allowed to "rest" in our midst.

"When an organization can be seen has _having_ a soul, as well as honoring
and nurturing the souls of its own folk and customers, what is it like?
what are its characteristics? and how do we understand the connection(s)
between this soul, and the capacity to learn? Finally, how do we foster
organizational soulfulness?"

from a quiet, but increasingly aroused heart

Malcolm Burson<
Community Health and Counseling
Bangor, Maine


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