Educational and humorous stories, pieces of wisdom and aphorisms from all over the world, selected and collected by Kambiz Poostchi for everyday life, for work and for training courses.
Cover design and graphics by Roberta Hilber
This is a collection of stories, pieces of wisdom and sayings that I have picked up over the years. I like to include them in my lectures and seminars that take me to many countries and cultures, as they open up different approaches to the topics covered. The positive response I have received on the part of people from different backgrounds and of all ages has shown me that I am not alone in my enthusiasm for such stories. They give a certain resonance and many people feel connected to them. This experience, and the encouragement of many friends, has led me to share this collection with a wider circle of people who are interested in the world of metaphors.
The selected graphics in this book underscore the principle of unity in diversity. They represent different cultures and regions of our world, and reflect the colourful diversity of expressions of human creativity. Ornamentation is regarded as the concentrated expression of cultural creativity.
The intention of this book is to show the reader concrete ways of recognizing team potential in families, in school systems, in businesses or in various communities. It is about building up trust for a particular process, which leads to cumulative team results rather than losing oneself in fragmented individual opinions. It deals with the necessary prerequisites for ensuring the development of high-performance teams that not only produce high-quality results, but also strengthen the personality development of each team member.
The relevant system principles and their causal efficacy behind the practical procedure are explored, which in turn makes it clear that authentic teamwork can only be revealed through a basic understanding of the systemic approach. It cannot be given by labelling, nor can it fall prey to the transience of fashion phenomena and misguided expectations of quick-fix recipes.
Excellence and competence in a more mature form of social interaction need man in his undivided completeness and uniqueness, as well as in his relationships and communication skills. The development and promotion of teamwork is not so much an organizational task, but rather presents itself as a challenge for the process of social maturity. Team success is only possible as an expression of renewed awareness of the value and dignity of man on the one hand, and of the significance of social development on the other. Even though team coaching is no easy procedure to learn, since it includes the development of individual personality as well as an interdependent culture of community, there is no way around it.
Guiding models are required for collective learning and co-creative opinion forming from childhood on, such as the use of family councils, the introduction of team-oriented teaching at schools or the creation of effective high-performance teams in organizations of all kind. The success recipe for the future cannot lie in first teaching people to be lone fighters, only to expect them to change into team players afterwards. Systemic thinking, social learning, teamwork and personal integrity are becoming more and more evident as key factors in a new stage of development of human society, which shows all the signs of integrative maturity.
This book is intended to serve as a basis to put into practice with a number of illustrative examples, graphics and checklists for self-learning as well as for everyone who wants to follow the path to a future team competency and be prepared for the demands of an open Learning Community.
With the systemic approach, it is possible to explain previously only sensed yet misunderstood undesirable developments and to align previously unconnected matters. This system model also provides remarkable insights into social change or failing societies, as well as into challenges such as business mergers or patchwork families.
For Leaders, this book gives hints how to identify, mend, or ideally avoid deficits in their area of responsibility, when to apply which leadership style, how important the systemic maturity evolution of staff can be for the organizational structure of a company, or how management can change from the carrot principle of extrinsic reward models and support their employees through meaning and intrinsic motivation. Leadership is clearly distinguished from the function of management. Its comprehensive significance for the preservation of the system is emphasised from a systemic point of view. Helpful advice is also given to parents who wish to raise their children so that they don’t fall into passive consumerism, but take responsibility as active promoters of a desirable society.
With the same extent, the systemic approach is transferred into practice, our perception of the surrounding reality will increase. When we realise that life doesn’t go on straight and linear according to simple links of cause and effect, our view of what is essential will change. Life experiences, misfortunes, successes and setbacks reveal, often only from a higher perspective or in retrospective, sense-giving patterns or order structures in which coincidences or specific events can be connected and explained.
The more we get aware of the rules and inner connections of systemic realities, the more self-efficacy and culture-creating power can contribute to the advancement of the community.
It takes the power of comprehensive thinking to release the transformative energy that is capable of breaking up frozen forms and initiating a process of change and the crystallization of new system structures. It is a matter of making a joint effort to learn how to integrate the diversity of nations, cultures, religions and economic systems, in the course of an organic transformation process, into a functional wholeness. At the heart of this process of dynamic change is nothing less than humanity in its entirety. No future-oriented development can neglect systemic thinking and action. It is the gift of our era.