Mindful Leadership

Ritchie-Dunham, James L. 2014. Mindful Leadership. In Amanda Ie, Christelle T. Ngnoumen, and Ellen J. Langer (Eds.), The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness, Volume I, First Edition. John Wiley & Sons: Chichester.

Leaders face great uncertainty in addressing social change.  Langer’s approach to mindfulness suggests three leverage points leaders can use to embrace this uncertainty.  We use the case study method to show how these mindfulness insights were applied in four case studies of leadership.   We use the mindfulness lens to diagnose each leadership situation and suggest a mindfulness solution.  We translate the mindfulness solution into organization practices, which we use to resolve the four cases.  These include the importance of new perspectives in an electric company, new categories in a school board, new information in a textile company, and the use of all three in a statewide project.  Click on the article title or here to access the article.


A Transformational Journey within a Corporate Ecosystem

Membrillo Jimenez, A. and A.C. Gonçalves, Transformational Journey within a Corporate “Ecosystem”. 2014, Institute for Strategic Clarity: Amherst, MA.

In this case study, Annabel and Ana Claudia describe the experience of taking a group in a global financial services company on a transformational journey to the experience of a higher level of harmonic vibrancy, through the development of new, more collaborative practices.  These practices led to demonstrable improvements in performance and outcomes.  As Annabel shares, “I am very grateful to have had a living lab that, despite the scarcity agreements and rules in its organizational structure, implemented initiatives that I had not seen in all my years of working with organizations. This was possible because the company incorporated the transformation process into the day-to-day activities of the corporate world.”

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Guest post — “The Handbook on the Agreements Evidence Map”

Guest post by Eyal Drimmer, Certified Vibrancy Guide

In an online, collaborative process, several members of the global Vibrancy network enriched an initial draft of the Handbook on the Agreements Evidence Map with their own experiences and thoughts.  I have finalized the first version of the handbook, which you can download here. 

Because the collaborators edited the draft of the handbook anonymously, I want to thank you in this way for your contributions to the process!

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Dengue — A New Problem, Once Again, Again

Dengue persists, as does the multitude of very expensive solutions, such as today’s news about Brazilian mosquito factories. While many solutions are required to fight this huge problem, I still see that we lack an integrated, systems-level view of what is happening epidemiologically, how to address it, and how to communicate the required multi-pronged approach to the large communities where it hits.

I offer an example in the earlier blogpost below of how we attempted to understand, intervene, and communicate a systemic, multi-pronged approach to dengue in Mexico in the 1990s.

Jim Ritchie-Dunham

Dengue is back, with a vengeance, again.  “Dengue has emerged as a worldwide problem only since the 1950s…With more than one-third of the world’s population living in areas at risk for transmission, dengue infection is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics. As many as 100 million people are infected yearly. Dengue is caused by any one of four related viruses transmitted by mosquitoes. There are not yet any vaccines to prevent infection with dengue virus (DENV),” says the dengue website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That dengue is back suggests that we have to learn again how to deal with it.  Much recent research is trying to understand why dengue is making inroads into the US, and what to do about a virus that makes mosquitoes better spreaders of dengue.  The Institute for Strategic Clarity made a small…

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A Tale of Two Cities — Ecosynomically — A Reader’s Version

A reader of Ecosynomics: The Science of Abundance, my uncle Robert Dunham, wrote a rhyming story about how two different cities approached growth in desolate terrain, titled “An Abundant Yield (Where Nothing Would Grow).”  He agreed to let me share it with you. You can download it by clicking here.

If this story inspires you, please share your own artistic expressions of the Ecosynomics principles of abundance.

Creating Value with Strategic Resources

Past-cast Series — Seeing relevance in earlier publications

Puente, Luz Maria, and Hal Rabbino. 2003. Creating Value with Strategic Resources, The Connector: Connecting Systems Thinkers Around the World, 1(5), September-October.

Why do people have such a difficult time identifying the resources that create value for their organization? Our experience shows that this difficulty stems from a lack of understanding of how resources act together to create value.

German Magazine Interviews ISC Senior Fellow Christoph Hinske

Christoph Hinske, ISC Senior Fellow, was interviewed recently for an article in the magazine Tattva Vivecka on “The paradigm of abundance.”

You can access the original article in German by clicking here.  You can read an English translation of the article by clicking here.