The Art of Convening

Authentic Engagement in Meetings, Gatherings, and Conversations

The Art of Convening

“Meetings are a waste of time” is a sentiment many of us share, which is tragic because meetings bring us together as human beings. To achieve the kind of meaning or breakthrough results most of us really yearn for when we gather, the key quality needed is authentic engagement: a genuine expression of what is true for us, and an attentive listening to what is true for others. Why it so often eludes us can be a matter of habit, distrust, lack of attention, or fear. As cofounders of Heartland Inc., Craig and Patricia Neal have led over 170 of their acclaimed Thought Leader Gatherings with leaders from over 800 diverse organizations. Their new book shares for the first time the unique and powerful Art of Convening model—developed in these gatherings and refined over six years of intensive trainings—which brings authentic engagement and meaning to any group that comes together for any purpose. Convening goes beyond facilitating. Convening creates an environment in which all voices are heard, profound exchanges take place, and transformative action results. The heart of this book is the Convening Wheel—a series of nine steps, or aspects, that bring the practices and principles needed for authentic engagement together as a whole. The book provides exercises, stories, and questions to help you master both the inner and outer dimensions of this work—because in convening, the state of the convener is equally as important as the physical preparations. Convening works in any setting and can be adapted to virtually any group process. With this book you have all the tools you need to develop this essential life and leadership skill, one that will lead to improved outcomes in your organization, community, family, and relationships.

The Art of Convening: Authentic Engagement in Meetings, Gatherings, and Conversations (Large Print 16pt)

The Art of Convening: Authentic Engagement in Meetings, Gatherings, and Conversations (Large Print 16pt)

'Meetings are a waste of time'' is a sentiment many of us share, which is tragic because meetings bring us together as human beings. To achieve the kind of meaning or breakthrough results most of us really yearn for when we gather, the key quality needed is authentic engagement: a genuine expression of what is true for us, and an attentive listening to what is true for others. Why it so often eludes us can be a matter of habit, distrust, lack of attention, or fear. As cofounders of Heartland Inc., Craig and Patricia Neal have led over 170 of their acclaimed Thought Leader Gatherings with leaders from over 800 diverse organizations. Their new book shares for the first time the unique and powerful Art of Convening model - developed in these gatherings and refined over six years of intensive trainings - which brings authentic engagement and meaning to any group that comes together for any purpose. Convening goes beyond facilitating. Convening creates an environment in which all voices are heard, profound exchanges take place, and transformative action results. The heart of this book is the Convening Wheel - a series of nine steps, or aspects, that bring the practices and principles needed for authentic engagement together as a whole. The book provides exercises, stories, and questions to help you master both the inner and outer dimensions of this work - because in convening, the state of the convener is equally as important as the physical preparations. Convening works in any setting and can be adapted to virtually any group process. With this book you have all the tools you need to develop this essential life and leadership skill, one that will lead to improved outcomes in your organization, community, family, and relationships.

The Art of Peacemaking

Political Essays by István Bibó

The Art of Peacemaking

"Istvâan Bibâo (1911-1979) was a Hungarian lawyer, political thinker, prolific essayist, and minister of state for the Hungarian national government during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. This magisterial compendium of Bibâo's essays introduces English-speaking audiences to the writings of one of the foremost theorists and psychologists of twentieth-century European politics and culture. Elegantly translated by Pâeter Pâasztor and with a scholarly introduction by Ivâan Zoltâan Dâenes, the essays in this volume address the causes and fallout of European political crises, postwar changes in the balance of power among countries, and nation-building processes"--

The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times

The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times

This richly illustrated volume illuminates how the arts have helped Jews confront the challenges of modernity. There truly is an art to being Jewish in the modern world—or, alternatively, an art to being modern in the Jewish world—and this collection fully captures its range, diversity, and historical significance.

The NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change

Principles, Practices, and Perspectives

The NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change

The NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change, Second Edition The NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change is a vital tool for anyone who wants to know how to effectively bring about meaningful and sustainable change in organizations—even in the state of turbulence and complexity that today’s organizations encounter. Featuring contributions from leading practitioners and scholars in the field, each chapter explores a key aspect of organization development. In this new edition, each of the 34 chapters has been revised in response to recommendations from the contributors and NTL members. “These 34 chapters articulate exactly what grounds organization development! Issues and perspectives involving training, groups, practice, and the global world are current and thought provoking.” —Therese F. Yaeger Ph.D., professor, OB/OD Department, College of Business, Benedictine University “There is no other source that offers such a rich array of the most current and future-thinking topics from so many leaders in the field.” —Robert Gass, Ed.D., co-founder, Rockwood Leadership Institute “The editors accomplish the difficult task of including theory, concept, and method that will appeal to the academic community as well as those who are focused on being an effective practitioner.” —John D. Carter, Ph.D., president, Gestalt OSD Center

The Art of Prophesying

The Art of Prophesying

In The Art of Prophesying, Puritan William Perkins (1558-1602) teaches how to preach the Word with "studied plainness," not relying on technique or soaring flourishes of oratory, but rather by unleashing the majestic power of the unencumbered Word of God. Unlike so much of the milquetoast preaching heard today, Perkins teaches how to utilize the Scripture in all its capacities: for teaching correct doctrine, for reproof and correction, and for training the godly in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). This type of preaching changed lives during Perkins' lifetime, and it has the same effect today. Includes a biographical preface by Benjamin Brook. Scripture references (from the ESV) are embedded in the text as hyperlinks--no internet connection required.

The Age of Lincoln and the Art of American Power, 1848-1876

The Age of Lincoln and the Art of American Power, 1848-1876

Although Abraham Lincoln was among seven presidents who served during the tumultuous years between the end of the Mexican War and the end of the Reconstruction era, history has not been kind to the others: Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, and Ulysses S. Grant. In contrast, history sees Abraham Lincoln as a giant in character and deeds. During his presidency, he governed brilliantly, developed the economy, liberated four million people from slavery, reunified the nation, and helped enact the Homestead Act, among other accomplishments. He proved to be not only an outstanding commander in chief but also a skilled diplomat, economist, humanist, educator, and moralist. Lincoln achieved that and more because he was a master of the art of American power. He understood that the struggle for hearts and minds was the essence of politics in a democracy. He asserted power mostly by appealing to peopleÆs hopes rather than their fears. All along he tried to shape rather than reflect prevailing public opinions that differed from his own. To that end, he was brilliant at bridging the gap between progressives and conservatives by reining in the former and urging on the latter. His art of power ultimately reflected his unswerving devotion to the Declaration of IndependenceÆs principles and the ConstitutionÆs institutions, or as he so elegantly expressed it, ôto a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.ö

The Arts of Influence

The Arts of Influence

Effective working relationships depend on our ability to go beyond our own interests and consider the needs of others. Despite this, the simple reality is that our needs must be met. Relationship management is not a feel-good exercise. It's not about taking a client to a ball game or having lunch at a trendy restaurant. It certainly is not about having a group hug every time there is a challenge. It's about keeping distance and perspective. It's about being professional and working with others to satisfy our first priority – getting what we need and advancing our interests. This is a highly practical book written by a former VP of Strategic Alliance Management for one of Canada's largest financial institutions who has managed workplace relationships for more than thirty years. It provides a wealth of principles, ideas and techniques to help establish an effective and professionally distant relationship based on soft power – our ability to influence others. "Having sat at the opposite end of a negotiation table from Hugh MacDonald, I can attest to his skillful ability to deal with tenuous issues in a diplomatic and direct way. He is a true master of the art of relationship management and I am delighted he is now sharing his knowledge and experience with others." — Robert Hakeem, Relationship Executive, Boston

A Complete Guide to the Art of Writing Shorthand

Being an Entirely New and Comprehensive System of Representing the Elementary Sounds of the English Language, in Stenographic Characters

A Complete Guide to the Art of Writing Shorthand