Novel insights into organisational change, with Douglas Board. RSVP by 17 February

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Novel insights into organisational change, with Douglas Board.  RSVP by 17 February

Time: February 19, 2016 from 1:15pm to 4:30pm
Location: Roots and Shoots
Street: Walnut Tree Walk, Kennington
City/Town: London SE11 6DN
Website or Map:…
Phone: 020-7587-1131
Event Type: amed, writers', group, gathering
Organized By: Bob MacKenzie
Latest Activity: Feb 17, 2016

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Please join us for another engaging exploration of the place of writing, technology and conversation in contemporary society.

Douglas writes

‘The tough bit about leadership is dying.’

‘In September 2015, I published my first novel, 'MBA'. It's a farce (the publisher prefers to say a 'satirical thriller') about management education and development ... see Or go to YouTube and look up me plus 'MBA', where you should find a 20-minute interview of me by the deputy features editor of the Bookseller ....  The satire unfolds in a second-rate English business school with global pretensions. It asks the question, Why is so much of the world managed by arseholes?

In this AWG session, I will invite us to ponder why novels, and humour, might be not just relevant, but also important, to management and management education? To what dangers does their lack expose us? Secondly, I will show what impact a structured narrative arc - a common tool for story-writers - had on my own novel, and what questions this has prompted for me as someone working in organisations.

We will all have the opportunity to let our imaginations slip the leash and to experiment with whether the whole narrative arc, or part of it (such as the protagonist’s ‘death experience’ – hence the line ‘The tough bit about leadership is dying’), might enable us as writers and ‘developers’ to bring something fresh to the situations we work in or think about.’

About Douglas

Building on a career as a headhunter and a coach, I completed a doctorate infused with complexity theory, and wrote two applied research books on leadership before the novel. You can contact me via E:

Cost: £12 for full AMED Members; £15 for Networkers and Guests. (You can now pay in advance (a) via postal cheque to Linda at the AMED Office, or (b) via Paypal, debit or card here. [Scroll down to the button under 'Writers' Group Workshops']. OR you can pay on arrival in cash):  This includes light refreshments.

Everyone is welcome (not just AMED Members), so please feel free to spread the word.

Afterwards, we invite you optionally to continue our imaginative conversations just across the road at The Ship pub.

Plan your journey.

Best wishes. Bob.  E:

RSVP: If you can, please indicate your intentions in the RSVP panel on the right hand side of this Events web page by 17 February (earlier if possible). Please note that we publicise AWG events on several different platforms.  So the RSVPs you see on this web page do not represent everyone who is coming.

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