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Slavery is Freedom (Being Part of Something Larger)

November 28th, 2009 No Comments

Slavery is freedom. Alone-free-the human being is doomed to die, which is the greatest of all failures. But if he can make complete, utter submission, if he can escape from his identity, if he can merge himself in the Party so that he is the Party, then he is all-powerful and immortal-Nineteen Eighty-Four Hi Lisa, […]


The Evolution of Organizations

November 8th, 2009 3 Comments

Hi Carman, My apologies for my delay in responding! I appreciate your willingness to remain in dialogue with me during this period where I’m not able to respond as quickly as I would like.   Your post raises such insightful and powerful questions about organizations. First, you notice the parallel between Patterson’s description of the thrall […]


Ideological Inversion and Self-Deception (Illuminating dominator dynamics)

October 17th, 2009 4 Comments

“It is impossible to see reality except by looking through the eyes of the Party”–Nineteen Eighty-Four” Ideological Inversion and Ideological Self-Deception Lisa, thank you for ‘making the darkness conscious’ by examining the root system of slavery. I especially love your powerful and prescient comment, “In considering how perspective – especially the perspectives of the powerful […]


Leadership vs. Control by Guilt and Fear

August 14th, 2009 3 Comments

In a recent post, Carman de Voer noted the distinction between leadership and management. These two different functions often converge within a particular role, but tend to draw upon different kinds of power. Management is associated with control, which is a highly reputable value and principle in most organizations. The process of management itself has […]


Love and leadership

July 25th, 2009 1 Comment

“Of all the things that sustain a leader over time, love is the most lasting. It’s hard to imagine leaders getting up day after day, putting in the long hours and hard work it takes to get extraordinary things done, without having their hearts in it. The best kept secret of successful leaders is staying […]


Towards a Learning Organization (A presentation by Carman De Voer Mais)

April 13th, 2009 2 Comments

Carman De Voer Mais has developed a fresh and insightful PowerPoint presentation on learning organizations. He makes the important point that becoming a learning organization isn’t something that “patched on” to the existing organizational paradigm, but rather a transformation of both the paradigm and the players.  I’m going to try to share that presentation with you […]


We never know the impact we have on the lives of others

April 3rd, 2009 3 Comments

Partnership includes the values of care and compassion. It supports financial abundance but also recognizes that there are ends that are far more important and intrinsically valuable than economic ends alone.  Sometimes when we follow our hearts, we make a profound difference in the lives of others.  One such extraordinary woman is Gina Gippner-Woods of […]


Life World vs. “Systems World” – A Tale of Two Employers

March 28th, 2009 No Comments

Hi Lisa, My apologies for my slothful response: a cold came upon me like a highwayman, stole my strength, and left me a shivering mass of human impotence. I believe it was the symbiosis of sleep and flowers (Echinacea) that restored my soul. I love your comment, “it is important to affirm and point out […]


More on humanizing systems (and the brain)

February 22nd, 2009 2 Comments

Hi Carman, As always, your posts are both intellectually enriching and poetic. Years ago, Alfonso Montuori and I wrote an essay on how our philosophical paradigm and guiding metaphors have shaped organizations and leadership, and created the blind spots that now limit organizations. A very perceptive reviewer suggested the article would be all the more impactful […]


Transformative, holistic learning

January 31st, 2009 1 Comment

Carman, Sorry for the long delay! My executive and career coaching practice includes working with people in career transition, and, unfortunately, many people are needing this kind of support right now. Regarding transformation, you wrote:  “It changes ‘how’ we know. Change thus appears to involve the re-perception of reality. [It...] involves the ‘deconstruction of a […]