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LIVING SYSTEM: Making Sense of Sustainability published July 2006, Management Books 2000, ISBM 1-85252-519-3; £14.99.
LIVING SYSTEM is a radical book about sustainability in the broadest sense - climate change, the inability of the Earth to meet human needs if we carry on as now, and equally important, global social and economic justice and an end to violence. These aspects are inseparably linked. As we see in Africa and elsewhere, the poor are the first to suffer.
There are forewords by Dame Anita Roddick, UK, and by Margaret Wheatley, USA, “It’s Just Our Turn To Help The World”.
Click here for a full description of LIVING SYSTEM
Seeing the Opportunities in the Big Issues International Journal of Management & Decision Making, Special Issue on Ethical Management Decision Making, May 2005, www.inderscience.com, Challenging presentation of the economic, environmental, social and spiritual issues confronting the world at the start of the 21st Century. Argues that the big global issues are best seen as exciting opportunities, to be grasped rather than resisted or denied, for doing good business, building partnership between corporations and government at national, regional and global levels and changing our lives.
, short versions published in AMED News, www.amed.org.uk March 2005 and Training Journal www.trainingjournal.co.uk January 2005.
Training Journal, www.trainingjournal.co.uk December, 2004. The urgency of sustainability in the broadest sense, ie the environment and global justice, what companies are doing; an agenda for systemic change and the challenge for people in HRD and internal or external consulting and how they can influence.
Training Journal, www.trainingjournal.co.uk, October 2004. For organisations to thrive in the 21st century global economy, workplace culture needs to release everyone's energy, creativity and leadership. We need a cultural revolution! The challenge for HRD and OD practitioners is to help leaders and their people bring this about. This article proposes ways of doing this.
- Article for the International Journal of Advertising and Marketing to Children, May 2004. Childrens diet is a major issue throughout the world. According to the World health Organisation, nearly one in six people word wide are considered over weight whilst large numbers of people are starving or malnourished.
This article offers a challenging and balanced description of the damage being done to childrens future health because of their diet and life style. It argues offers a constructive way ahead for everyone involved, including those in advertising and marketing to children, retailers and parents if we stop blaming others and accept that it is everybodys responsibility.
People Management, 22-4-2004, A similar article, The Strategic Leadership Model, appeared in TrainingZone, July 2004. www.trainingzone.co.uk
April 2004, This article, aimed at business leaders, is about responsible and successful business in the 21st Century and argues the starting point is the leaders own continuing development. Your organisation is and will be a reflection of who you are. To be published.
New Academy Review, March 2004, vol 2, number 4, winter 2003/4. I attempt to provide a radical, systemic understanding of global issues. I propose an agenda and, from of a living systems perspective, suggest ways forward to help change how the world does business in the 21st Century. This respected journal was founded by Anita Roddick, creator of the Body Shop. www.new-academy-review.com
Review for AMED Journal O&P, August 2003, by Fritjof Capra, Harper Collins, 2002. An outstanding systemic view of the global system from a new sciences perspective with invaluable insights for leaders and consultants.
, Industrial and Commercial Training, July 2003 vol 35 issue 4, Emerald. Describes Real Time Leadership Development and the Strategic Leadership Model, a challenging and practical process for helping people bring about transformation, cultural change and learning and respond positively to the big issues of the early 21st Century.
. Generic article, published in edited form as "Columnist Article - How to Deliver Collaborative Leadership" in EuroBusiness, June 2003. A challenging and constructive look at what people in organisations say about leadership and how the process of change affects outcomes.Provides a simple process for a retreat. A similar article appeared in TrainingZONE
AMED Organisations and People, November 2002 Vol 9 No 4, A radical look at the current reality of the global financial and trading system and its consequences. New thinking about the alternatives we need to explore.
Book* by Bruce Nixon, June 2001, isbn 1-85252-353-0, paperback, Management Books 2000. for full description, contents, endorsements, reviews and readers comments available. This book provides practical tools, which you can use to help people transform your organisation. Written from a servant leadership perspective, it provides principles, strategies and tools for leaders of transformation and learning, including business leaders, people in HRD, internal and external consultants, students and "ordinary people. " Concise descriptions of key processes for involving people in creating change, resolving conflict and valuing difference. Four honest case studies. Described by Chris Green, CEO Virgin Trains as "This inspiring and practical book deserves to be read widely by leaders at every level, especially those at the top. It is full of wisdom and common sense about how to lead strategic change, so essential in this era of rapid transformation and global competition" ; in People Management "for development professionals....a must read" and in Organisations and People Journal, ExxonMobil's Jim Hopwood says "a long overdue text book on ....Real Time Management Development"
Book* , Nov 2000, isbn 1-85252-353, paperback, Management Books 2000, updated March 2003. Full description, contents, endorsements, reviews and readers comments available: This book presents a challenging, systemic picture of the big issues facing us at the beginning of the 21st Century; good news about many positive initiatives that are emerging; a realistic assessment of the global obstacles; and suggestions about how we will move forward to create a sustainable and fairer world. There are concise descriptions of many valuable processes for leaders, consultants and "just ordinary people", essential for finding our way forward, bringing about change and resolving conflict in a complex, unpredictable, chaotic and violent world. Described as "Brilliant - I can't remember the last time that I found a business book to be such a riveting read." Lin Arigho, MD of Aricot Vert Design, Fleet, Hampshire and winner of Best Boss Award, year 2000, sponsored by Parents at Work and Lloyds TSB, UK and "A book of our time! If you want to change the way you think, feel and act read this book now. It will make a difference to you, your organisation and the communities to which you contribute - indeed the World. It understands broadly yet attends closely to the details that matter. Stimulating, resourceful and accessible." Roger Pitfield, Managing Director, NEW ERA Consulting, Milton Keynes.
Parts 1 &2 Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol 30 numbers 1&2 1998, Emerald: A description of four best known whole system processes, for releasing the collective intelligence of people and organisations; the history of their development; potential benefits and the authors conclusions.
Nixon, B, AMED Journal, Organisations and People, Vol 3, No 4, November 1996. An exciting description of this simple, challenging and liberating process. It enables free spirits, to bring about transformation and learning, create a liberating culture and use their collective intelligence. It contrasts with safe, traditional, didactic, lecture theatre and classroom style leadership programmes.
Book* "An In-House Senior Managers programme for Organisational Change", Gower Handbook of Management Development, Ed Mumford, A, Fourth Edition, 1994. N/A
, Nixon, B, Leadership and Organisation Development Journal, Vol 15, No 4, 1994, Emerald. A practical and inspiring OD approach to creating an empowering culture in organisations, that addresses common purpose, male leadership conditioning and diversity. Three case studies and lessons learned.
, Nixon, B, Empowerment in Organisations, Vol 2, No 1, 1994, pp 14-24, Emerald www.emeraldinsight.com. Leadership Model and Strategies for bringing about change and a culture that empowers, releases spirit and energy in organisations. The story of an open programme for consultants and HRD people, as leaders of transformation and learning. Emphasises the importance of valuing diversity and addressing the issue of typical male leadership. Lessons we learned we learned from our difficulties. One alumni is now HR Director of one of the largest global Supermarket businesses. Another was awarded an MBE for her work with Black Nursing Leaders.
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