Titel: Shifting Sands: A Guidebook for Crossing the Deserts of Change
Autor/en: Steve Donahue
BERRETT KOEHLER PUBL INC
April 2004 - kartoniert - 168 Seiten
"We had no vehicle. We didn't know how or if we could continue heading south. I was in a vast, seemingly endless desert. I didn't know when or if we'd make it to the other side. I didn't even know where the other side was. It wasn't in Algeria. I knew that much. Was it in Niger? Where does the Sahara actually end?"
We live in a culture, Donahue writes, which loves "climbing mountains." We want to see the peak, map out a route, and follow it to the top. Sometimes this approach works, but not always, particularly when we are enduring a personal crisis-divorce, job loss, addiction, illness, or death. We may not know exactly where we are going, how to get there, or even how we'll know we've arrived.
And it's not just in times of crisis. There are many deserts in our lives, situations with no clear paths or boundaries. Finding a job is usually a mountain, but changing careers can be a desert. Having a baby is a mountain, especially for the mom. But raising a child is a desert. Battling cancer is a mountain. Living with a chronic illness is a desert.
In the desert, we need to follow different rules than we follow when conquering a mountain. We need to be more intuitive, more patient, more spontaneous. Donahue outlines six "rules of desert travel" that will help us discover our direction by wandering, find our own personal oases, and cross our self-imposed borders.
"The sun appears like a silent explosion, a slow motion fireworks display dazzling the volcanic crags of the Hoggar. I stand up and walk to the path and begin descending to Klaus' car. I've made my decision. Tallis and I will travel, somehow, to Agadez. I don't have a logical explanation for my decision or a plan to get to the last oasis. I know I am on the right journey-I am following my compass."
Shifting Sands shows us how to slow down, reflect, and embrace the changes of life graciously, naturally, and courageously.
Prologue: Are You Crossing a Desert or Climbing a Mountain?
Chapter One--Follow a Compass, Not a Map
Let Go of the Destination
Lower Your Gaze
Wander on Purpose
Chapter Two--Stop at Every Oasis
Build a Wall
Water What's Dry
Look for Unmarked Oases
Chapter Three--When You're Stuck, Deflate
Know When You're Stuck
Look for Little Deflations
Chapter Four--Travel Alone Together
Don't Do What's "Natural"
Seek Support Sooner or Risk Rescue Later
Become a Part-Time Hermit
Chapter Five--Step Away from Your Campfire
Hang Out with a Nomad
Always Be Unprepared
Learn When to Duck
Chapter Six--Don't Stop at False Borders
Know What a False Border Looks Like
Call the Border Guard's Bluff
Look for Your Hot Shower
Loving the Sand, Wherever It Is
About the Author
Steve Donahue is a professional speaker, consultant, and coach. He has
addressed hundreds of corporations and tens of thousands of individuals on the subjects of personal and organizational change, teamwork, life balance, diversity, innovation, and discovering genius. He has worked with such clients as AT&T, IBM, Pills- bury, Procter & Gamble, Bank of America, Unilever, Best Foods, Molson Canada, and Volkswagen Canada. He was a director of the Hoffman Institute Canada for British Columbia from 1995 to 1997. In partnership with InCourage, he developed an interactive CD titled Shifting Sands, an experiential change-management simulation for organizations in transition. He lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia with his two teenage children.