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System Change, A Poem I Love

System Change, a poem I love

In yesterday’s blog post, I quoted a line from a poem by Margaret (Meg) Wheatley. I’ve posted the entire poem below for those of you who were interested. I often read this to my clients at the end of a day of team building or change work. Enjoy!

Turning to One Another

by Margaret Wheatley

There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about

Ask “What’s possible?” not “What’s wrong?” Keep asking.

 Notice what you care about.

Assume that many others share your dreams.

 Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.

       Talk to people you know.

       Talk to people you don’t know.

       Talk to people you never talk to.

 Be intrigued by the differences you hear.

       Expect to be surprised.

       Treasure curiosity more than certainty.

 Invite in everybody who cares to work on what’s possible.

       Acknowledge that everyone is an expert about something.

       Know that creative solutions come from new connections.

 Remember, you don’t fear people whose story you know.

Real listening always brings people closer together.

 Trust that meaningful conversations can change your world.

 Rely on human goodness. Stay together.
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De Yarrison

De is a certified professional Coach, Teambuilder and Facilitator of positive change. She is an adventurer in the world of relationships, blazing new trails of positive expression, resulting in happier leaders, employees, workplaces (and families).
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