A thing is not a thing until we call it a thing. The thing then becomes a thing but only in the context of how we’ve learnt to see things. Does that mean there is nothing before a thing is called a thing? Are there such things as pre-existing things? In my thinking yes, but these things are, only what they are, because of what we think they are.
Here’s a tweet from my former tutor, Ken Gergen on this very thing, “One cannot describe something for what it is, because there is no ‘thing’ before the act of describing. Why not describe in hopes of what something can become?”
I had a really pleasant surprise last week when this email hit my inbox:
Dear Patrick Goh,
I’m delighted to inform you that your article published in Voluntary Sector Review was one of the Journal’s top five most read articles published in 2017. As such we will be making it free to access for the month of February and marketing it on our website (http://policypress.co.uk/journals/free) and on the Voluntary Sector Review twitter feed.
As the email didn’t ask me to fill in my personal information, I’m fairly certain it’s not spam. :)-
My reward? It’s being featured as a free download for the month of February 2018… so get it while you can.
#Don’t you wish your boy / girl friend was hot like me? JK!
The article’s called Systemic practice and workplace as community: alternatives to managerialism
Relational leadership is not just about being nice. Hitler was nice to his family and friends. It’s not merely about acquiring relational skills either. We can, and often do, use these skills to manipulate. Take for example, sales people who are trained to use relational techniques for the sole purpose of making us buy stuff. Rather, it is about being mindful and responsible for the social realities we co-create in our conversations with others. In this sense…