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 ‘Changing the Game’

e-news for Change Agents everywhere

No 3, 2005


  1. Community: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) breakfast in Parramatta
  2. Learning: Professional development and short courses for change agents
  3. Feature: “You’ve got to find what you love” – Steve Jobs
  4. Links & Resources for change agents

1. TinCAN Community

Corporate Social Responsibility Breakfast – Parramatta November 8
Explore the issues behind this important trend. Business is responding to pressures on a number of new fronts, environmental degradation and changing social values. Some of the indicators are global warming, the problem of waste, recruiting and retaining talented people, and changing demand in the community for environmentally friendly products and services. What does it mean to be socially and environmentally responsible? What will the impact be on 'me' and the 'business'? We can most definitely say the solutions lie in social change.
When and where? Tuesday November 8 from
7:00 am – 8:30 am. with Greg Jenkins and Robert Perey. River Canyon Restaurant, 96 Phillip Street, Parramatta (near ferry wharf)
http://www.rivercanyon.com.au/  $20 includes breakfast. RSVP: Greg Jenkins P: 02 9874 0418 M: 0418 486 501 greg@tincanlearning.com | http://www.tincanlearning.com/

OD Australia Conference Mt Eliza Vic,
Organisation Development Australia is pleased to announce the inaugural OD Australia National Conference Sat 15th - Sun 16th October 2005 Morning Star Estate Mt Eliza http://www.odaustralia.org/docs/ODAConf05.pdf

FACILITATING ON THE EDGE: 25-27 November 2005, Perth WA
2005 Australasian Facilitators Network Conference & Development Opportunities.

TinCAN Practitioners Conference, 10 December 2005
Guaranteed PowerPoint free. Share your practice with other practitioners on Saturday Dec 10,. Low cost. Suitable for independent or organisational facilitators, coaches, consultants. Register interest info@tincanlearning.com


2. TinCAN Learning


Change Agent 101 – How to Facilitate Dynamic Meetings & Workshops. The foundation program incorporating the essential facilitation skills for the change agent.

Facilitate and host dynamic meetings & workshops that:

·         deliver both immediate results and long term sustainable change

·         are ‘PowerPoint-Free-Zones’ with no boring, mind numbing presentations that put the audience to sleep

·         eliminate fear, energy drain and failure to get to the ‘truth’ through use of outmoded structural constraints such as ‘U shapes’ and ‘big tables’

·         solve problems, develop strategies and manage risk cooperatively with all options explored and unprecedented buy-in from participants

·         allow people to move on with trust, engagement, passion and commitment so that they do what they say they will do

·         Deal effectively with resistance

Suitable for: New facilitators, project leaders, consultants, workshop presenters, coaches etc.

Program Details: 2 day course; Tuesday 30 Aug – Wed 31 Aug; 8:30am to 4:30pm; North Sydney; Course fee $660 Special discount for Free Agents. Facilitator: Greg Jenkins. This course runs monthly - subject to minimum numbers. Contact: Greg Jenkins P: 02 9874 0418 M: 0418 486 501. greg@tincanlearning.com | http://www.tincanlearning.com/learning/


Purposeful Facilitation – Leadership skills to focus group thinking and action. August 17-18 or October 12-13 2005.  Participatory Strategic Planning Oct 19-20. Sydney. Enquiries to Richards & Maria Maguire 02 9896 3839 | mail@unfoldingfutures.net.

The Future by Design - a Workshop on the principles of nature Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2005. Central Coast. An introduction to the world of R. Buckminster Fuller. Enquiries Stephen Crockford 02 43852180 or email healthstudios@dodo.com.au | course flier www.tincanlearning.com/pdf_files/bucky.pdf

Roger Schwarz Tour Australia and New Zealand, October 24th – November 2nd 2005. Roger Schwarz is a recognised leader and pioneer in facilitation and leadership, author of the Skilled Facilitator. http://www.iforum.com.au/ Carla Rogers Evolve Facilitation & Coaching P.02 4476 5460 M 0428 628190

Intensive Journal Retreat: Central Coast. 12 - 16 September 2005
A program of exploration and integration through Journal writing. Based on the work and writings of Ira Progoff. To break out of old patterns and habits, individuals need a method to establish contact with intuitions, inner strengths and energies, and other creative capacities. Intensive Journal® workshops introduce a structured system of journal-writing which becomes a practical and creative way to expand insights and awareness. Contact Kate Scholl P (Day) 8912-4812 P (Evening) 9674 1216 email: kscholl@optusnet.com.au. http://www.eremos.org.au/newsandevents/2002-journalworkshop.html



The Art & Practice of the ‘Change Agent’ Oct 26 (8.30am - 12.00pm) Parramatta [FREE]
Back by popular demand. Facilitated by Greg Jenkins. Hosted by Department of State and Regional Development
"research shows that most change initiatives fail” …..if so, what are the business and professional development opportunities for independent and organisational ‘change agents’ in fixing this anomaly. enquiries info@tincanlearning.com

Creating Business Songlines Oct 20 (8.30 - 12.00pm) Parramatta [FREE]
Facilitated by
Robert Perey. Hosted by Department of State and Regional Development. Songlines are the past and future histories of organisations. They are maps of the shaping forces upon which we base our decisions. Creating Business Songlines introduces techniques for mapping these shaping forces and then applying them to strategy making a planning processes at all levels, from project through to organisational. enquiries info@tincanlearning.com


3. Feature: “You’ve got to find what you love” – Steve Jobs

This is text taken from the commencement address at Stanford University by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005.

Steve Jobs, college drop-out, entrepreneur, cancer survivor, fired and rehired by Apple Computers tells Stanford University students of his life experience which he places into three categories: Connecting the Dots, Love and Loss, and Death.

Connecting the Dots describes Steve’s early years of dropping out of college and his journey to creating Apple Computers. He believes that you can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. That is, many of the things you are doing may not make sense until later when you look back. So you have to trust in something – your gut, destine, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference” says Steve.

Steve’s second theme, Love and Loss describes his feelings of rejection when he was very publicly fired by Apple. He had lost the focus of his entire adult life and found it devastating. He felt like he had let down the previous generation of entrepreneurs. He realized that he still loved what he did and decided to start over. His success with Pixar and NeXT were created as an aftermath of his departure from Apple. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT and Steve returned to Apple. He realized that being fired by Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to him. The heaviness of being successful was replaced with the lightness of being a beginner again. “It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of his life”.

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only one thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love”. Steve adds, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle”.

In Steve’s final topic, he talks openly about death. He asks himself the daily question, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” About a year ago, Steve was diagnosed with what the Doctors believed to be an incurable cancer. Later that afternoon, it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. Steve had the surgery and is fine now.

His brush with death made him realize that “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new”.

Steve’s final advice to the University students is not to waste your life by living someone else’s life, not to be trapped by dogma nor let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice, but to have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. He leaves them with a farewell message, “Stay hungry. Stay foolish”.

Read the full text http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html


4. Links & Resources

Action Learning Research (ALARPM) http://www.alarpm.org.au/

AFN Annual Conference Perth WA November 2005: http://www.facilitatorconf2005.org/

Appreciative Inquiry Commons http://appreciativeinquiry.cwru.edu/

Australasian Facilitators Network email list (AFN-L): http://lists.scu.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/afn-l

Asia Facilitators Network http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/AsiaFacilitatorsNetwork_Announcements/

Change Management Toolbook www.change-management-toolbook.com

Groupwork Institute of Australia http://www.groupwork.com.au/

International Coach Federation (ICF) Sydney Chapter icfsyd@yahoo.com.au

Intl Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) Syd Chapter http://www.ispisydney.org.au/

OD Australia http://www.odaustralia.org/pageview.php3?page=home

Open Space Technology www.openspaceworld.org Harrison Owen www.openspaceworld.com

ourcommunity.com.au http://www.ourcommunity.com.au/

Small Business NSW (DSRD) www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au

Society for Organisational Learning Australia (SOLA) http://www.solaustralia.org/

The Facilitators Network (Sydney) Email nwinterburn@conversations.com.au

UWS School of Social Ecology http://handbook.uws.edu.au/hbook/course.asp?course=1579

Victorian Facilitators Network Ed McKinley edd@itu.com.au

The World Café http://www.theworldcafe.com/


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