July 13, 2019
25 Quotes on the Power of Story

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Looking for some inspiring quotes on why storytelling is such a powerful way to communicate your message, cut through the clutter, and awaken people's need for meaning? Here you go...

1. "The world is not made of atoms. It is made of stories." - Muriel Ruykeser

2. "A story is a way to say something that can't be said any other way." - Flannery O'Connor

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3. "Telling someone about your experience breathes new life into it, moving it out of the inchoate swirl of unconsciousness into reality. It takes on form and allows us to examine it from all angles." - Mandy Aftel

4. "The most important question anyone can ask is: What myth am I living?" - Carl Jung

5. "Those who do not have the power over the story that dominates their lives, the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts." - Salman Rushdie

6. "Inside each of us is a natural born storyteller just waiting to be released." - Robin Moore

7. "A lost coin is found by means of a candle; the deepest truth is found by means of a simple story." - Anthony De Mello

8. "We need to look hard at the stories we create, and wrestle with them. Retell and retell them, and work with them like clay. It is in the retelling and returning that they give us their wisdom." - Marni Gillard

9. "Although setbacks of all kinds may discourage us, the grand, old process of storytelling puts us in touch with strengths we may have forgotten, with wisdom that has faded or disappeared, and with hopes that have fallen into darkness." - Nancy Mellon

10. "In my life, the stories I have heard from my family, my friends, my community, and from willing strangers all over the world have been the true source of my education." - Holly Near

11. "The role of the storyteller is to awaken the storyteller in others." - Jack Zipes

12. "Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward, and we want to sit in their radius. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand." - Karl Menninger

13. "Everybody likes to tell a story. Little children do it effortlessly. Great artists do it with talent and years of practice. Somewhere in between stand you and I." - Sylvia Ziskind

14. "Become aware of what is in you. Announce it, pronounce it, produce it, and give birth to it." - Meister Eckhart

15. "Every story you tell is your own story." - Joseph Campbell

16. "From my perspective as a depth psychologist, I see that those who have a connection with story are in better shape and have better prognosis than those to whom story must be introduced." - James Hillman

17. "The real difference between telling what happened and telling a story about what happened is that instead of being a victim of our past, we become master of it." - Donald Davis

18. "As a storyteller, as a human being, each one of us is one of a kind. And until we learn to celebrate our own unique style, culture, and gifts, we cannot appreciate the wealth of diversity around us." - Doug Lipman

19. "To believe your own thought, to believe what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men -- that is genius.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

20. "A coherent life experience is not simply given. The thing must be made, a story-like production." - Stephen Crites

21. "When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others, too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

22. "A life becomes meaningful when one sees himself as an actor within the context of story." - George Howard

23. "All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them." - Isak Dinesen

24. "You could say that telling a story is the pretext for getting together in a personal way." - Nancy Rambusch

25. "The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself." - Henry Miller

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July 04, 2019
HAPPY JULY 4th! Inspiring Quotes on Independence

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"Freedom is the will to be responsible to our selves." -- Friedrich Nietzche

"It's easy to be independent when you've got money. But to be independent when you haven't got a thing -- that's the Lord's test." -- Mahalia Jackson

"We need to help people to discover the true meaning of love. Love is generally confused with dependence. Those of us who have grown in true love know that we can love only in proportion to our capacity for independence." -- Fred Rogers

"No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance." -- Henry Miller

"In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence." -- Henry Van Dyke

"The most courageous act is to think for yourself. Aloud." -- Coco Chanel

"To find yourself, think for yourself." -- Socrates

"The first of earthly blessings: independence." -- Edward Gibbon

"Independence is essential to permanent, but fatal to immediate success." -- Samuel Butler

"Independence... is loyalty to one's best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes." -- Mark Twain

"The price for independence is often isolation and solitude." -- Steve Schmidt

"I am lord of myself, accountable to none." -- Benjamin Franklin

"You don't need a significant other to lead a significant life." -- Mandy Hale

"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True nobility is being superior to your former self." -- Ernest Hemingway

"Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone for others. Unfold your own myth." -- Rumi

"The essence of independence is to do something for one's self." -- Maria Montessori

"Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth." -- George Bernard Shaw

"Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes." -- Mahatma Gandhi

"Diversity: the art of thinking independently together." -- Malcolm Forbes

"I will not be 'famous' or 'great.' I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one's self: to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded." -- Virginia Woolf

"How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?" -- Anais Nin

"Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient become independent of it." -- John D. Rockefeller

"Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity." -- Thomas J. Watson

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July 01, 2019
Culture Change in An Australian School in the Islamic Tradition

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Last year, I had the great good fortune to spend three wonderful months at Al Siraat College in Melbourne, Australia, working closely with the founders, leadership team, teachers, staff, and students. It was one of the most inspiring experiences in my 30-year career as an organizational change agent. What follows is a testimonial from Fazeel Arain, the Co-Founder and Principal of Al Siraat:

"I had a strong desire to introduce a culture of creativity and innovation to our humble school in Australia. Being cash strapped as a new school (and knowing consultants were not cheap), I started following Mitch Ditkoff's blog, The Heart Of Innovation.

After many years of reading his blog, I finally found an opportunity to invite Mitch to Al Siraat for a short visit to explore the possibilities of what our collaboration might look like. During that visit, Mitch opened my eyes to the fact that anything is possible. We then embarked on a wonderful, year-long journey of culture change, learning, innovation, transformation, and friendship.

The more we worked together, the more I realized that changing the culture of a school is not an easy task. There is no quick path. Culture change requires a long term commitment and a large amount of visioning, planning, team development, role clarity, creative thinking, clear communication, community building, intrinsic motivation, risk taking, skillful facilitation, empowerment, perseverance, and just the right touch.

Mitch has greatly assisted Al Siraat in our culture change ambitions which continue to be ongoing. I am thankful for Mitch's coaching, guidance, inspiration, and support -- helping me and the entire staff of Al Siraat take this much-needed journey, which has only just begun."

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