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Finding Merlin

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As human beings, we are on a daily journey of growth and development. Encountering change has become almost the one constant in modern-day life. How you undertake this journey, and how you embrace and cope with such change, is the key to successful development and fulfilling your potential in work and life in general. This book, written by two leading practitioners and coaches in human development, provides confidence and a practical roadmap to help anyone find their way along their personal development pathway, overcome change and create a more fulfilling life. Using the vehicle of the Arthurian legend, Merlin, they make the work of many theorists accessible, culminating in a practical 7-stage framework to engage readers and enable them to undertake the challenges ahead with confidence.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Foreword
    1. The changing context for human and professional development.
    2. The challenge of development in a flat world.
    3. The metaphors we live in.
    4. Human growth: left-and right-brain lenses.
    5. Mythology as metaphor: enriching our growth stories.
    6. Building holding environments for human development in organisations.
    7. The ongoing adventure.
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Introduction
    1. I. The universal quest.
    2. II. A journey into oneself.
    3. III. The road less travelled.
    4. IV. The call to action.
  9. One. The Path through the Forest
    1. MERLIN
    2. THE FOREST
    3. I. The growth of consciousness: the growth of you.
    4. Parzival’s search for the Grail.9
    5. II. A map for the journey.
    6. III. The development of the brain through the life cycle.
    7. IV. The stages of the human development road.
    8. IV. a. The growth and loss of the Sensorimotor stage.
    9. IV. b. The growth and loss of the Impulsive stage.
    10. IV. c. The growth and loss of the Imperial stage.
    11. IV. d. The growth and loss of the Relational stage.
    12. IV. e. The growth and loss of the Organisational stage.
    13. IV. f. The growth and loss of the World-Centric stage.
    14. IV. g. The Self-Transcendent stage.
    15. V. Conclusion.
    16. The rules of the road.
  10. Two. Giants and Dragons
    1. MERLIN
    2. I. The questing beast.
    3. II. The streams of development.
    4. II. a. The Intellectual stream of development.
    5. II. b. The Social Stream of development.
    6. II. c. The Moral stream of development.
    7. II. d. The Emotional stream of development.
    8. II. e. The Psychological stream of development.
    9. II. f. The Spiritual stream of development.
    10. III. Conclusion.
    11. The rules of the road.
  11. Three. The Knight Adventurous
    1. MERLIN
    2. I. What is this thing called ‘personality’?
    3. The armorial bearings of Sir Lancelot.
    4. II. Lenses on personality.
    5. II. a. The Five Factor Model.12
    6. II. b. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.16
    7. II. c. A third lens on personality: Values.21
    8. III. How do we make sense of all this?
    9. III. a. Meet Nicola Moore, 34.
    10. III. b. Now meet Philip Smythe, 67.
    11. III. c. Finally, meet David Morgan, 45.
    12. III. d. Questions for reflection.
    13. IV. Conclusion.
    14. The rules of the road.
  12. Four. A Magician for a Guide
    1. MERLIN
    2. I. The archetype of the helper.
    3. II. The helper of the Arthurian legend.
    4. III. The tyranny of individualism.
    5. Who was Merlin?
    6. Magic: making meaning in a pre-scientific world.
    7. IV. Where are you now? Where could you be?
    8. V. Making the choice to move forward.
    9. VI. Finding a guide in the modern organisation.
    10. VII. Merlin: confidant, seer, sage, strategist, kingmaker, man. (Or, The qualities of a masterful guide.)
    11. VIII. Conclusion.
    12. The rules of the road.
  13. Five. The Forest of Adventure
    1. MERLIN
    2. I. The forest as a holding environment.
    3. II. The holding environments of the human development journey.
    4. III. The first holding environment: the primary caregiving matrix.
    5. III. a. Holding on, letting go and remaining in place.
    6. III. b. What if this first holding environment is not available?
    7. III. c. The responsibility of the adult.
    8. IV. The second holding environment: the family.
    9. IV. a. Holding on, letting go and remaining in place.
    10. IV. b. What if this second holding environment is not available?
    11. IV. c. The responsibility of the adult.
    12. V. The third holding environment: family, peer and school cultures.
    13. V. a. Holding on, letting go and remaining in place.
    14. V. b. What if this third holding environment is not available?
    15. V. c. The responsibility of the adult.
    16. VI. The fourth holding environment: interpersonal relationships.
    17. VI. a. Holding on, letting go and remaining in place.
    18. VI. b. What if this fourth holding environment is not available?
    19. VI. c. The responsibility of the adult.
    20. VII. The fifth holding environment: organisational settings.
    21. VII. a. The organisation as a venue which holds me so that I can be the person I have become.
    22. VII. b. What if this environment is not available to me?
    23. VII. c. The responsibility of the adult.
    24. Changing theories of organisational change.
    25. VIII. Conclusion.
    26. The rules of the road.
  14. Conclusion
    1. I. Keeping the forest.
    2. II. The business case for keeping the forest.
    3. III. Embracing the leadership paradox.
    4. IV. The final call to action.
  15. Notes
    1. NOTES TO THE INTRODUCTION
    2. NOTES TO CHAPTER ONE: THE PATH THROUGH THE FOREST
    3. NOTES TO CHAPTER TWO: GIANTS AND DRAGONS
    4. NOTES TO CHAPTER THREE: THE KNIGHT ADVENTUROUS
    5. NOTES TO CHAPTER FOUR: A MAGICIAN FOR A GUIDE
    6. NOTES TO CHAPTER 5: THE FOREST OF ADVENTURE.
    7. NOTES TO THE CONCLUSION
  16. Afterword
    1. Where have all the Merlins gone?
    2. What are the qualities of Merlin that we may aspire to?
    3. Some final integrating thoughts.