Like many I like to include a bon mot at the bottom of my emails. Currently I am quoting Janice Price from World-Shaped Mission. She writes:
It is important to make ‘difference’ the beginning of the conversation not the end.
I like quotes but can never remember them (or jokes). Hence The Jog – so named originally because my running was its inspiration. Now it is more of a jog to my memory.
I like this quote about quotes from Havelock Ellis (great for student feedback, I think):
It is the little writer rather than the great writer who seems never to quote, and the reason is that he is never really doing anything else.
Leaders who live in the new story help us understand ourselves differently by the way they lead. They trust our humanness, they welcome the surprises we bring to them; they are curious about our differences; they delight in our inventiveness; they nurture us; they connect us. They trust that we can create wisely and well, that we seek the best interests of our organisation and our community, that we want to bring more good into the world.
… What we ask of the tellers of the new story is their voice and their courage. We do not need them to create a massive training programme, a global approach, a dramatic style. We only need them to speak to us when we are with them. we need them to break their silence and share their ideas of the world as they have come to know it.
Meg Wheatley in Finding our Way (p.30)
Thank you to friend Helen Scarisbrick for drawing this to my attention.