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Jan 2002
Vol.1 No.1
Feb / Mar 2002
Vol.1 No.2

What's in a name?

Urban putty is the name on the colour chip from the paint store with which our office walls are painted.

Why would an enterprise named The Acorn Centre not want to be housed in a office with walls of urban putty and windows reaching to twelve-foot ceilings?

We see ourselves as urban gardeners, humbly and creatively and sensitively helping to give shape, form and clarity to the "urban putty" of our clients' acorn, or genius, daimon or voice.

A new book arrived this week, entitled Managing Upside Down, by Tom Chappell.

For those who might not be familiar with the author, he and his wife, Kate, have operated Tom's of Maine in Kennebunk where they produce natural products such as deodorants, soaps, shampoos and now a new line of wellness products.

At The Acorn Centre, we are especially excited by this new text, since it takes even further the thoughts in his earlier work, The Soul of A Business (1993) In Chapter 1, Mr. Chappell answers the inevitable question, "What exactly is managing upside down?

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May / June 2002
Vol.1 No.3
Summer 2002
Vol.1 No.4

Workers and students are more than "skill-sets"!

Helping teachers and entrepreneurs think and talk about the same subject, at the same time in the same space ... now there's a challenge!

An Invitation to Engage your Personal Professional Coach

The International Coach Federation defines the coaching experience, for business and academic executives this way:
   "Professional Coaching is an ongoing partnership that helps clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life."

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August 2002
Vol.1 No.5
September 2002
Vol.1 No.6

The Shadow of the Organization

There have been some very insightful discoveries about the undercurrents in work groups, over the last few years. Two Canadian researchers, Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries and Danny Miller, in a book entitled The Neurotic Organization, have collected much of the best research, and added it to their own work. Not only do they focus on the various types of neurotic leadership found in organizations, they also point out some interesting, but frequently overlooked and unacknowledged, and powerful dynamics among workers.

Silos aren't for living ... only for storage!

Have you noticed lately how many of us are living in sad and listless isolation? Oh, it's not that there are no people around! There are plenty of bodies, and faces, everywhere. It's just that, as Bill Cosby complains on Kids Say the Darndest Things, "Nobody is listening to me!"

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October 2002
Vol.1 No.7a
October 2002
Vol.1 No.7b

Let's Talk Team Building - Pt.1

Cubs, Guides, choirs and sports teams…most of us have had some experience with "being on a team." Not everyone's experience was happy! Some of us, in fact, have been completely turned off joining "teams" of any kind.

Let's Talk Team Building - Pt.2

Last time, we talked about some of the macro benefits to team building, when using a systems approach.

There are some very important changes, which, in effect, amount to a seismic shift in corporate culture for some companies, if the process is to work effectively.

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December 2002
Vol.1 No.8
February 2003
Vol 2. No. 1

"Too polite to evoke hard realities"

William Johnson, in a recent Globe and Mail column outlining Quebec Premier Landry's bellicose attitudes on the Romanov Report, directed against the "feds" has a far larger ring, to be restricted to the field of federal provincial relations. Johnson is referring to English Canada's being "too polite to evoke hard realities," as a contributor, albeit silent, to Landry's unchallenged freedom to dream.

Confidence in the Workplace!

In its February 1, 2003 edition, Inc magazine includes an article entitled, "The New Face of Confidence". Writer Leigh Buchanan interviewed approximately fifty active CEO's, looking for their views on confidence.

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April 2003
Vol 2. No. 2
June/July 2003
Vol 2. No. 3

Corporate Culture ... What is it? Why does it matter?

Always be ready for pleasant surprises! Recently, while removing my skates, from a noon-hour glide, I was sitting adjacent to another middle-aged male engaged in the same process.

We could not help but listen to a third just finishing a shower, while he complained for the nth time about the leaky faucets, which the city had not fixed in spite of his repeated calls.

Sustainable Development of your Primary Resource— People

We have noted, with considerable interest, a growing eco-sense among thinkers, leaders and Canadian workers. There is a dynamic movement in the consciousness of our country, which sees an unmistakable, indisputable, and irreversible multiplicity of connections between all people, in all countries, all living organisms on all planets. This interconnectedness is heightened by the mounting evidence of climatic changes, changes to eco-systems, and the spread of bacteria, especially new and unknown forms of life.

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August/September 2003
Vol 2. No. 4

Confucius Says...

Those who are born wise are the highest type of people;
Those who become wise through learning come next;
Those who learn by overcoming dullness come after that.
Those who are dull but still won't learn are the lowest type of people...
I won't teach a man who is not anxious to learn,
And will not explain to one who is not trying to make things clear to himself.
If I hold up one corner of a square and a man cannot come back to me with the other three,
I won't bother to go over the point again.

Confucius in the Analects, quoted in Great Religions of the World, National Geographic Society, 1971, p. 127

 

 

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