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    April 09, 2011



    Pleased to see that the GCCM dialogues are giving you something to muse on ;)

    You're spot on about the cyclical nature; I hadn't even considered that aspect of this model!

    Rowan Hetherington

    Hi Andrew, yes, the Grad Cert Change Management (GCCM for anyone else reading this) is definitely giving me plenty to muse on!

    Re. the cyclical nature, "change is the only constant" seems truer than ever nowerdays?!

    I liked your example of Star Wars in our Twitter conversation. Isn't real life a series of interconnected change cycles (sequels)?

    Also, doesn't Star Wars contain multiple people's 'hero's journey's' (if you unwrap it a bit)? I only vaguely recall the plot, but think it explores the tension between opposites (i.e. two powerful change agendas, depending on whose side you're on)?

    Connected thoughts:

    - Marx and Hegel built a theory of social change based on the notion of 'dialectic' (the inherent tension between conflicting ideas or forces). I think this refers to the opposition that any potential new future will create with the status quo.
    - In 'Images of organization' (2006), Morgan explored how organizational change involves managing the tension between opposites (in terms of paradoxical tensions that undermine the desired change)

    I'm not sure that either of these theories recognize that the opposing 'sides' might in fact be represented/led by characters embroiled in their own journeys, with their own change agendas.

    Maybe we'll get to that in the 'conflict resolution' unit ;)

    Lovely to hear from you. Welcome any further thoughts and/or critiques to guide my thinking journey :-)

    Lisa Hopkins

    Hi Rowan,

    Thank you for insight, the perspective on heros is interesting. from the blog, ...and what shared interests, beliefs or ambitions you could align on. If they are ‘shut down’, then it becomes necessary to re-establish their belief in themselves and the value of contributing to the world around them (not just their self-efficacy for a task).
    While it can be beneficial to contribute to anothers journey, I question whether or not it is possible to re-establish anyone's belief in themselves. This is a choice uniquely unto each person and their journey. I believe what is possible is to offer your belief in them and their potential, this can go a long way in helping to establish this re-connection.

    Again, thank you for your thoughts and insight.

    Rowan Hetherington

    Hi Lisa, thanks for reading and for the distinction you describe. I agree it is not possible to re-establish anyone's belief in themselves from the outside - that must be their journey, if and when they're ready to take that step.

    I like your suggestion of offering belief in them and their potential - which might wrap back to articulating the 'Vision for Buy-in' (helping them see and feel the vision and reason for change).

    Thanks again for your comment - welcome any further thoughts!

    Dr. Elliot McGucken

    Cool words on branding, business, art, entrepreneurship and the Hero's Journey.

    You'll enjoy the words and videos here:

    "A vast demand exists for the classical ideals performed in the contemporary context--for honor, integrity, courage, and comittment--on Wall Street and Main Street, in Hollywood and the Heartland, in Academia and Government. And thus opportunity abounds for entrepreneurs who keep the higher ideals above the bottom line--for humble heroes in all walks of life."

    The same classical values guiding the rising artistic renaissance will protect the artists' intellectual property. The immortal ideals which guide the story of blockbuster books and movies such as The Matrix, Lord of the Rings, Braveheart, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Star Wars, are the very same ideals underlying the United States Constitution. These classic ideals--which pervade Homer, Plato, Shakespeare, and the Bible--are the source of both epic story and property rights, of law and business, of academia and civilization.

    It is great to witness classical ideals performed in Middle Earth, upon the Scottish Highlands, long ago, in a galaxy far, far, away, and in Narnia, but too, such ideals must be perpetually performed in the contemporary context and living language. :)

    Rowan Hetherington

    Hi Elliot, entrepreneurship is a great example of creating change (something new), as well as a journey potential heros can commit to.

    It's an excellent, relevant example - and you have an interesting blog there.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Howdy would you mind stating which blog platform you're working with? I'm going to start my own
    blog in the near future but I'm having a hard time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I'm looking for something completely unique.
    P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!


    Hi, I use Typepad. If I was starting a blog today I'd probably use Wordpress, but Typepad was the best option when I started back in 2003. It seems too hard to change now!

    All the best with your blog.

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    Incredible story there. What occurred after? Thanks!


    Hi Pure Garcinia Cambogia, I don't think I understand your question. Could you be more specific please? Cheers, Rowan

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