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The Virtuosa Organisation

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The Virtuosa Organisation

By Graham Williams, Dorian Haarhoff, Peter Fox

ISBN: 9781869225032

Publishing Date: February 2015

  • R353,00



This is a book about people in organisations developing love for themselves, others, communities and nature. It offers an opportunity to see afresh, to envisage courageously and to position yourself differently. To bring hearts, minds and wills to bear on the world around us. The life we live inside our organisations influences every other part of our lives.
Here is a way to embrace the philosophy and practice of becoming a virtuous organisation and giving a dazzling performance. The book helps you to define where you are in your current experience of your organisation, and how you can shift things within yourself and around you.

This is more than an adaptive or compliance process. It is about necessary, compelling and radical change and the authors show how it can, and has been done:

  •     Seeing the need.
  •     Arriving at the right values.
  •     Aligning individual and organisation values
  •     Determining appropriate behaviour indicators.
  •     Entrenching the values so that they become spontaneously lived virtues

The mind-set, methods and techniques used during the process are important in each of these steps, especially the last where precious few have succeeded. Virtues drawn from the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci, and which span all cultures and generations, illustrate what is possible.

The book includes:

  1. Choosing and prioritising values
  2. How are you living your personal values
  3. Are we a congruent organisation?
  4. Using anecdote circles to find out what shape your business is in
  5. Personal mindfulness checklist
  6. Do we have organisational blind-spots?
  7. Journaling
  8. What shadow-side factors should we be aware of in our organisation? 
  9. How Integrated are we as an Organisation?
  10. The seeds of love
  11. Ethical behaviour
  12. Putting balance into the balance scorecard
  13. Readiness for the journey

Graham Williams, CMC, B.Com Hons, B.A. is a certified management consultant, thought leader, speaker, and author who has worked in a large number of countries and sectors around the world. An essential component of his ‘motivational fingerprint’ and forte is to overcome severe organisational blockages by installing creative, healing solutions – from concept to implementation. He focuses on the use of narrative, anecdote and metaphor as critical contributors to successful business interventions. He wrote Centre-ing Customer Satisfaction, Revelling in Transition and Reflections for 3H Leaders and The Halo and the Noose: The Power of Story Listening in Business Life.

Dorian Haarhoff, D Phil English Literature University of York, England is a poet, facilitator, speaker, mentor, narrative practitioner, and author. He has held academic posts in Namibia, South Africa, Canada and the USA. Dorian is the author of The Writer’s Voice: a workbook for writers in Africa and several poetry anthologies. He has successfully transitioned from the academic to the business world, and with Graham co-authored The Halo and the Noose and Story Matters @ Work.

Peter Fox. B.A. (Hons), Dipl. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy [SAIP]. Peter majors in spiritual direction and mentoring, and is a workshop facilitator, life coach, palliative care educator, pastoral and grief therapist, Presbyterian Minister and author. He also does trauma debriefing. He recently resigned after 17 years looking after the spiritual care side of St. Luke’s Hospice, and runs a private counselling practice. Peter co-authored Dying: a practical guide for the Journey.


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