When I am travelling from London to Toronto by myself I often opt for train 84, which I affectionately refer to as the ‘milk run’ because it makes so many stops in smaller communities along the way. It is a whole hour longer than other more direct trains that link the two cities. Taking the train provides valuable headspace to think, read, and (as in this case) prepare for upcoming presentations. I consider the extra hour a free ‘bonus’ of extra quiet time. The ‘milk run’ is an opportunity.
I’m excited to kick off the New Year with a new teaching resource: the System Thinker Notebook. I started compiling this tool last year, in response to a surge in opportunities to instruct and consult about complexity and system theory. The Notebook provides leaders and students with a creative ‘in-session workbook’ that doubles as a comprehensive ‘take-home bibliography’ of crucial concepts, resources, and strategies.
I’m not exactly what one would typically describe as a ‘highly enthusiastic participant’ when it comes to the holiday season, but I really did enjoy Dennis Garnhum’s production of The Christmas Carol at the The Grand. A great adaptation of a classic.
Tonight’s panel is all about questions–asking them, seeking them, and listening to them. How do the questions we ask shape our lives? How do questions help us discover our own blind spots? Join Jennifer, Janet, Heenal and myself on the second floor of Central Library at 7pm to join the question-asking frenzy.