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Three Motivational Styles

(based on the theories of David C. McClelland) Each of us draws from all three motives, but one will be predominant and may reinforce the person’s habitual way of operating. Employees will initially respond best to the approach that fits most closely with their dominant motive. However, if you...

The Ethics of Charismatic Leadership

Excerpted from The ethics of charismatic leadership by Jane M. Howell and Bruce J. Avolio, Academy of Management Executives,1992, Vol. 6 No.2; and The Charismatic Leader as Narcissist by Daniel Sankowsky,Organizational Dynamics, Spring 1995, Vol. 23, No. 4 (See also Conger a...

Selfless Gratitude

(excerpted from Phillip Moffitt’s article “Selfless Gratitude,”August 2002 Yoga Journal, pp. 61-66) The understanding you gain from practicing gratitude frees you from being lost or identified with either the negative or the positive aspects of life, letting you simply meet li...

Poetry As Healer

Healing words – Some doctors find poetry can treat wounds that medicine can’t always reach.  By Deborah L. Shelton, AMNews staff. American Medical News, May 17, 1999.  “I can’t tell you how many times patients have come in and said a poem ha...

The Heart Aroused

I haven’t been a poetry fan, because I often “don’t get it.”  However, I’ve enjoyed the way you use poetry at your web site and it’s never too late to learn. I hesitate to advise anyone on poetry, because that’s such an individual taste, ...

Bringing Projections Home

In Emotions and the Enneagram, Margaret Frings Keyes defines projection as “denying a particular feeling in ourselves and sensing it as coming from the other person.” She assures us “the same unconscious which generated the projections also strives to correct them&#8...

Active Imagination

Carl Jung, in Memories, Dreams, and Reflections, described how therapeutic it could be to translate his own emotions into images (this process is now referred to by Jungian therapists as active imagination). At one point in his life Jung described being visited by a “friend of Gandhi...

Eating The “I”

William Patrick Patterson, a student of The Fourth Way, has written a personal story of transformation called Eating the “I.”  I love that image! We’re constantly eating ego, constantly chewing on, “How does it show up?” I’m much better able to do t...