Facilitating Magical Meetings and Creative Conversations

13 November

IN THIS ISSUE:

1. Lessons from Lightworkers
2. Diarise now for 2009
3. Spiritual workplace research needs SA input
4. The Teacher as Leader
5. Learn to teach with Readucate
6. Spirit at Work Journal
7. The Enchanted Boardroom ©
8. How are women leading in the world?
9. Client comments

1. Lessons from Lightworkers

News of the pending water crisis today takes us all back to January this year, when we learned that electricity was something we couldn’t take for granted. With the kind of adaptability that our country is famous for, we adjusted to load-shedding while complete strangers bonded in shopping malls with “aahs” and “yays” depending on whether the lights had been switched on or off.

When we saw the beautiful movie The Kiterunner (an adaptation of the book by Khaled Hosseini) we recognised all too well the sound of the generators in war-torn Afghanistan, and many of us questioned our sanity and ability to cope with any more challenges.

In September, a third of our cabinet resigned and the rand started to take strain. Most of all the statistics on crime continue to shock and scare us. But when things were at their worst, some generous soul anonymously began sticking little black labels on parking ticket machines that said ‘Everything is going to be OK’. (If you know more about this story please write to me debby@qualitylife.co.za)

There’s a quote by the lubavitche Rebbe which says that when times are dark, all we can do is try to spread light. “We are day workers, and our task is to shed light. We need not expend our energies in battling darkness. We only create day and night will fade away.” Thank you to all the wonderful light workers out there. You have made a difference to all of us this year and inspire those of us who feel tired and despondent. I am proud to know many of you personally.
The final forum of the year is dedicated to all the lightworkers out there. It takes place on Thursday in Johannesburg and will take the form of a multi-faith discussion on The Spiritual Workplace: Exploring what are the values that unite us rather than divide us. This was one of our most popular panel’s at a previous Soul of Business Conference so we’ve decided to make it into a forum this year. (There’s still time to join us – email Lizzy)

You might also like to watch this short video courtesy of TED that went live on the web last week. Inspired by Karen Armstrong who wrote the Charter for Compassion, the idea is to promote a new collaboration between the world’s religions.

If we don’t see you until next year, travel safely and enjoy a relaxing and refreshing festive season. You deserve it!
Thank you for all your support and inspiration this year.

warm regards

Debby Edelstein and the QualityLife Company Team

2. Diarise now for 2009

We are very excited about hosting Richard Barrett’s public workshops in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Richard is the bestselling author of groundbreaking books like Liberating the Corporate Soul but is best known in Soul of Business circles for his elegant ability to bridge the divide between the language of values and how to translate this into a workable strategy for organisations of all sizes. Barrett is creator of the Cultural Transformation Tools (CTT) which have supported the transformational journeys of more than 1,000 organisations in 50 countries. I first heard him talk at the Spirit in Business Conference in Zurich in 2004 – South Africans have a treat in store! March 5 in CT and March 12 JHB. Contact Dunne for further information

Look out too for We are the Leaders We’ve Been Waiting For, from 17 -18th March, the 3rd annual QualityLife Company leadership conference for women and and the organisations who recognise their leadership contribution and potential. The truth is that women lead all the time. We just lack the confidence to call it leadership. This two-day conference will highlight the qualities you already possess in your personal and professional life and will show you how to fast-track your path from good manager to great leader. (check out the pics on www.qualitylife.co.za/conf2.asp. for a sense of what’s happened in previous years)

3. Spiritual workplace research needs SA input

During the late 1990’s, Ian Mitroff and Elizabeth Denton began a research-based study of meaning, value, consciousness, and spirituality in U.S. business organizations. Called “A Spiritual Audit of Corporate America” it was the first study of its kind and has been called “seminal” by many.

Now Dr Elizabeth Denton has contacted us to get SA research for her new book with Dr. Ian Mitroff. With a working title of “A Spiritual Audit of the World’s Workplaces” it is a follow-up to their landmark research.

The results will be very helpful to anyone who is interested in bringing more consciousness, awareness and spirit to the world’s workplaces. The first half of the book will be an analysis of the questionnaire responses. The second half of the book will be filled with examples of how individuals and organizations worldwide are experimenting in this arena.
Everyone is eligible to participate. Liz and Ian want this study to be truly worldwide and include all kinds of workplaces.

Email Debby for a copy of the questionnaire and/or Liz’s contact details.

4. The Teacher as Leader

We launched a series of workshops for teachers this year and what a privilege it was to meet so many committed and talented educators. Many of them had never thought of themselves as leaders before. We’ve been overwhelmed with the response and the interest from schools and organisations. Please contact us if you’d like to get involved in helping us to roll out this initiative in 2009. We’re looking for facilitators, interested schools and for organisations who are interested in sponsoring the programme to run in schools around the country.

5. Learn to teach with Readucate

Since 1958, Edna Freinkel has been an advocate for a methodology to teach reading that was originally pioneered by her mother, Rebecca Ostrowiak. The next Readucate courses will be held in Germiston, Johannesburg, Westrand and Pretoria from 8-17 December 2008. EDTP SETA approved, the courses are highly recommended by leading educational authorities. R6500 includes the cost of the course, material, distance education and franchise. Phone Sharon Louw: (011) 873-1012 (mornings only) or email Edna Freinkel for further information.

6. Spirit at Work Journal

Debby Edelstein edited the September issue of the UK-based Spirit at Work Journal so it has a more South African flavour than usual including an article by Wayne Visser. (Research Director at the University of Cambridge Programme for Industry previously Director of Sustainability at KPMG) The complete issue is available on Click here. We’d love to know what you think

7. The Enchanted Boardroom ©

Once again this year – thanks to the help of our sponsors Landelahni Executive Search and Strate, QualityLife Company hosted Good Fairy Week ©. Organisations around the country participated and spread good cheer to people they’d never met. Unemployed people found jobs, weary mothers went on time-sharing holidays and anonymous bouquets of flowers were delivered to homes and offices all over South Africa. We had fairies and wizards playing as far afield as Sydney and Iraq. Let us know if your organisation would like to play next year . Email Dunne for further info.

8. How are women leading in the world?

Earlier this year Debby Edelstein of QualityLife Company joined Meg Wheatley founder of the Berkana Institute in a conversation with co-founders of Canadian-based Limitless Leadership Inc. hosts Brenda Chaddock and Carollyne Conlinn to discuss the unique and critical ways women are leading in the world today. Click here to listen to the interview.

9. Client comments

“We have used QualityLife Company over the last 3 years on a continuous basis for a variety of topics. They always have a professional approach and the quality of their facilitators is exceptional. They are all well qualified and always add something new to the subject matter. Their approach is practical with insight. They also realise that you deal with a whole person and are not just interested in their output. I would highly recommend QualityLife Company as a partner in training. ” Louwrens Erasmus, General Manager, Rand Air
If you are planning your company’s skills development programme, give Dunne a call (011 880 9749) for further information.

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