The Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as anThe Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as and to a poet (perhaps in most of us), who deeply wants to live and not lose the fullness of human enjoyment and creativity amidst the smothering pressures of an organization. He draws from the story of Beowulf as a way of reinforcing a path downward into the depths of one's self with all the vulnerabilities of the psyche (e.g., anxiety, grief, terror), while recognize the monsters on the surface (in the organization) that seek to destroy one's quest inwardly or downward where real change and life emerge. For this is where fire and combustion forge and try ideas, experiences, and creative meaning into rare and joyful forms of practice, production and performance. In "Fire in the Voice", Whyte contends for an embodied voice from courage from one's "guts", which entails coming to terms with what keeps it closed up (wounds, failure, trauma); thus clearing the inward path of to the mind to wisdom and personal strength, character and virtue.
Half way trough the text Whyte enters "The Soul at Midlife" directing the poet-practitioner on a path back home, which is an instinctive strategy that any career coach with any salt would suggest. Staying on one's own road is equivalent to being or knowing oneself verse meddling with someone else's or getting lost with the busyness of business. The poetry of "The Starlngs" reveals to us the reality of complexity and boundaries between chaos and order, and the way of being via instinctive strategies such as simplicity, silence, patience, metaphor and rest or standing still.
Whyte ends with an Ecology of Mind, acknowledging that the world too has a mind (geist). Here is a call to pay attention to the other as just that, the other versus a preoccupation with oneself (the customer, colleague, client, constituency, territory). With respect to oneself and other, as in nature, there are cycles that need to be heeded for what they are--times of blossom, loss, failure, growth--the cyclical stages of orientation, disorientation, reorientation. The heart aroused , in short, is one emboldened by one's art to celebrate work with care, courage and "above all, a little more soul." ...more
Utilized with ongoing research of Systems Thinking with emphasis on my work in social work and developing my capacity to be aware and make some senseUtilized with ongoing research of Systems Thinking with emphasis on my work in social work and developing my capacity to be aware and make some sense (or calm when not) of the surrounding complexity. A helpful text with useful illustrations while reflecting imaginatively about various distinctions, organizing systems and sub-systems, relationships that consist of interactions (action and reaction) and (meta-cognitively) perspectives – which consist of point (being focused upon) and view (the one/thing doing the seeing). ...more
Nice, simple source book to support the formulation of a mentoring relationship whether formal or informal that is mutually beneficial to the mentor aNice, simple source book to support the formulation of a mentoring relationship whether formal or informal that is mutually beneficial to the mentor and mentoree. I used this source to develop the language I wanted to use to create a guide book to structure mentor/supervisory relationships with new social workers in a child welfare unit which has ample experiences that need reflection and processing on the path to learning and effectiveness. ...more
Reading in response to a prompt in our community of care that work with children and youth at risk--from judge to the teacher. Provides rich stories tReading in response to a prompt in our community of care that work with children and youth at risk--from judge to the teacher. Provides rich stories that illustrate the principles of Wraparound. ...more
Boundary Leaders is one man's experience (and profiles of other), a distillation within a church leadership text to get at the challenge of religiousBoundary Leaders is one man's experience (and profiles of other), a distillation within a church leadership text to get at the challenge of religious people/leaders/groups working at addressing/impacting communities regarding significant social issues. It has a systems approach and seems to get a bit heading or bogged down, but makes up for this via the profiles of leaders who work/minister at the margins, thus getting out of the parish and into the world for which the church exists. ...more
A text I used in seminary training (pastoral counseling) which continues to serve as a reference for reflection and growth. Kornfeld uses strong metapA text I used in seminary training (pastoral counseling) which continues to serve as a reference for reflection and growth. Kornfeld uses strong metaphor of a "gardener" to develop an image of pastoral care in a faith community. It is well written, insightful and provides ample references. ...more
This text is the best I have read on Strengths Theory/Model. The authors break the theory down in a manner that thoroughly gets to the practical issueThis text is the best I have read on Strengths Theory/Model. The authors break the theory down in a manner that thoroughly gets to the practical issues and the intersections in order to describe a working model and resource for escaping altogether from the lingering paradigm that does not have adequate tools to free individuals with psychiatric disabilities from the caged milieus of our communities. In a way the book characterizes the history of working with people with psychiatric disabilities similar to how Dickens characterized the Industrial Revolution in HARD TIMES, people caged, oppressed, and a system that only knew how to focus on the facts--system of symptoms, deficits and treatment outcomes.
Strengths Theory/Model has been a growing emphasis in child welfare calling practitioners to help families and communities find assets and partnerships, the well parts by which recovering has a ground to grow, thus developing hope. This text builds on this idea while focusing generally working with individuals with psychiatric disabilities. It uses a metaphor of recovery, while seeing the paradigm shift as initially breaking down the "Berlin Wall of recovery." This shift is only possible with a rich recovery mindset or state of being that can develop and sustain aspiration, i.e., avoiding the spirit-breaking experiences of forced hospitalization, homelessness, and incarceration by developing creative practices that engender hopefulness, sell-efficacy, self-esteem, feelings of connection, and empowerment. Strengths Theory/Model assumes people have a capacity for resilience and with a strength's based approach can move along a path to recovery. ...more