A new magazine has come to the Library of Professional Coaching. Charles Smith, founder of this quarterly online magazine, invites you to become a reader, contributor and commentator in Transformation: A Quarterly Road Map. With the support of our wonderfully diverse contributing authors, we have now produced and published the first three issues.
Overview of Transformation: A Quarterly Road Map
“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” Thomas Jefferson
“There is no problem so big and terrifying it can’t be run away from.” Flip Wilson
This invitation is for kindred Spirits, imaginative thinkers, and entrepreneurs all over the world who believe that businesses, communities, and governments can move forward with both high performance and a transcendent perspective; that Noble Purpose and Pragmatic Purpose can be pursued with equal conviction.
This invitation is for people from any line of work. Coaches, scientists, engineers, business leaders, accountants, managers, workers, teachers, students, parents, salespeople. All that’s required is that you are fed up with the dysfunction you see around you and are able to create useful maps of the territory you see.
We are Map Makers. What people choose to is, as always, up to them. A Map is a visual representation of an area—a symbolic depiction highlighting relationships between elements of that space such as objects, regions, and themes. Many maps are static two-dimensional, geometrically accurate (or approximately accurate) representations of three-dimensional space, while others are dynamic or interactive, even three-dimensional. Maps may represent any space, real or imagined, without regard to context or scale; e.g. brain mapping, DNA mapping, and extraterrestrial mapping.
If Transformation is the same as a new possibility, then maps of the Transformational world needs to be as close to people’s ordinary reality as possible. In Transformation we ask you to help us create maps of how things really are, and not simply abstractions about it. Like the early cartographers, contributors are asked to be map makers exploring and documenting new territory; like an X RAY or MRI of the heart, to reveal what’s actually happening
A good map closely represents the actual territory as closely as possible and isn’t just a set of ideas about it. In politics, on television, in business, advertising, relationships, and just about everywhere you look, people talk and write about things that never happen. Mostly, we get spin from their own point of view or based on what they are selling. My colleague, Bob Duggan Ph.D. is a noted teacher, healer and Map Maker. He looks for what is really real for people and he says, “Abstraction may be our Original Sin…. most individuals whom I encounter do not have an embodied sensory conscious awareness of their own body (and the world around them)……sensory awareness of the daily phenomena of life may be the only real consciousness…. and we are awake to that, we are awake to the whole”
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What we are asking for is simple but not easy.
“The Map is not the territory.” Alfred Korzybski
Our goal is, with you, to get as close as we can.
Charlie Smith Executive Editor May 2012
Issue One: Exploring the High Performance Human Workplace
This first issue is to explore the territory of high-performing and human workplaces where money and people are of equal value, customers and employees are treated as human beings rather than things, where people feel safe, and where high performance and genuine relationships go hand in hand.
Click on the following links to access the first three issues of Transformation: