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Private Passions of the 18 December 2020 AMED Writers' Group
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ruth Elizabeth Slater Dec 21, 2020.

The Business of writing, with Nick Yapp and Bob MacKenzie (AMED Writers' Group, 19 June 2020)
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob MacKenzie Jun 19, 2020.

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Your invitation: Please join our free AMED Writers’ Group session via Zoom on Friday 22 April to explore aspects of engaging with reading or writing reviews (of any description) more readily.  Please bring with you a book, poem, information about a film or other performance, or an artifact or image that sparks your imagination.Our process:  After introductions and scene-setting, we’ll consider how reviewing is another way to overcome any blocks we might have, and approach engaging with reviews…See More
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Your invitation: Please join our free AMED Writers’ Group session via Zoom on Friday 22 April to explore aspects of engaging with reading or writing reviews (of any description) more readily.  Please bring with you a book, poem, information about a film or other performance, or an artifact or image that sparks your imagination.Our process:  After introductions and scene-setting, we’ll consider how reviewing is another way to overcome any blocks we might have, and approach engaging with reviews…See More
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Your invitation: Please join our free AMED Writers’ Group session via Zoom on Friday 22 April to explore aspects of engaging with reading or writing reviews (of any description) more readily.  Please bring with you a book, poem, information about a film or other performance, or an artifact or image that sparks your imagination.Our process:  After introductions and scene-setting, we’ll consider how reviewing is another way to overcome any blocks we might have, and approach engaging with reviews…See More
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"Happy to help Bob. Also happy to be on 'stand-by' to give support etc. in need. Just otherwise enjoying being retired. Hope all is well with you. Ned"
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"Hi Bob Very much enjoyed 'Storm' and want more. Tim."
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February 18, 2022 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Your invitation:Please join us online from 1.30-3.30 pm on 18 February for our first AMED Writers’ Group of 2022, where we’ll begin to anticipate our respective writing projects and enthusiasms for the year ahead.About our process:This is a fun workshop where we’ll use creative group journaling - guided writing exercises with discussion - to reflect back on 2021 and look forward to 2022, helping us to set our intention for the year ahead in the form of a theme. Read more about Creative group…See More
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February 18, 2022 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Your invitation:Please join us online from 1.30-3.30 pm on 18 February for our first AMED Writers’ Group of 2022, where we’ll begin to anticipate our respective writing projects and enthusiasms for the year ahead.About our process:This is a fun workshop where we’ll use creative group journaling - guided writing exercises with discussion - to reflect back on 2021 and look forward to 2022, helping us to set our intention for the year ahead in the form of a theme. Read more about Creative group…See More
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Our 2021 Writing Year: Private Passions, and Highlights, with Bob MacKenzie and Writing Friends (now re-arranged as Zoom-only) at Roots and Shoots, London, and via Zoom

December 17, 2021 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Your Invitation(Image: Janus, ancient god of gates, doors and beginnings. Source: http://www.novareinna.com/festive/janus.html). Please join us for our annual review and celebration (via Zoom) of your 2021 writing year.  Here, we can share our writing…See More
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"I will attend virtually.  Kind regards  Raj "
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Ruth Elizabeth Slater commented on Bob MacKenzie's event 'Our 2021 Writing Year: Private Passions, and Highlights, with Bob MacKenzie and Writing Friends (hybrid – in person and via Zoom)'
"Dear colleagues, I am afraid that I cannot attend this year's session (and I so enjoyed it last year) due to another commitment.  I intend to do the pre-Christmas quiz!  My best to all "
Dec 6, 2021
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"I have a work meeting that is not amenable to being shifted and it starts at 3pm, so any appearance I make would be extremely brief. However, thanks for the great quiz Bob.  It will get me to pay more attention this coming year, that's for…"
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December 17, 2021 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
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December 17, 2021 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Your Invitation(Image: Janus, ancient god of gates, doors and beginnings. Source: http://www.novareinna.com/festive/janus.html). Please join us for our annual review and celebration (via Zoom) of your 2021 writing year.  Here, we can share our writing…See More
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9th Annual International Humanistic Management Conference 2021: 'Solutions' at Zoom

November 24, 2021 to November 26, 2021
You are welcome to join us, free and online - at: 'Solutions' - The 2021 Ninth Annual Humanistic Management Conference, brought to you by our Chapters from around the world.We all use the word 'solution' numerous times on any single day and yet we may not always have a clear view as to what actually is a solution. We want to hire solution-oriented people to join our…See More
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"Hi Raj, Sorry I missed this until it was too late. I hope all's well with you. Best wishes. Bob"
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Where do you live and work (City)?
I live in Southampton and work almost anywhere
What are your top professional skills?
fresh thinking, writing, coaching, mentoring, critical friendship, facilitating, action learning
What kinds of management education and development services are you involved in?
Promoting purposeful and effective learning and development in organizations, especially through the strategic uses of writing and conversations.
What is your main interest in the AMED network?
education, networking, inspiration, collegiate discussion/debate, collaboration
Please share your favourite management development insight or quote.
I'm currently intrigued - and exercised - by W Ross Ashby's (1956) Law of Requisite Variety. This states that:

'The larger the variety of actions available to a control system, the larger the variety of perturbations it is able to compensate'.

What, if anything, does this mean for our work in developing people, developing organisations, especially in the light of current thinking about chaos and complexity?
What kind of person are you?
Morning
More about you (Short Bio or any other details you’d like people to know)
I am an independent organizational thinker, consultant, coach, mentor, facilitator and writer. My strategic uses of writing, and the conversations I facilitate, promote the interaction of rigorous thinking and practical application. In this way, I aim to inform, refresh, energise, inspire and encourage others to go on and do something new and satisfying.

Previously, I gained wide ranging professional and managerial experience in the public, private, not-for-profit and higher education sectors. I am a Director and Council Member of AMED, and Principal Consultant with Bob MacKenzie Associates. I am also Professor of Management Learning with the International Management Centres’ Business School, and Set Adviser on their Senior Executive Action Learning (SEAL) doctoral programme.

My work and travels have taken me to Africa, India, Europe and the USA, as well as throughout the UK. I am currently working on a book called ‘Writing as Strategy.’
What I’d like from the AMED network is…
I'd like AMED to continue to grow, flourish, adapt and contribute in what I see as its 3rd Renaissance period.
What do you do for your own development?
I write, read, talk, walk the dog, interact with keen minds and seek out convivial company. Another favourite quote - variously attributed - is "Sometimes I just sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits".
Your Business Website
http://www.mackenzie.explication.org.uk/

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Slower writing and reading for an age of distraction?

Slower writing and reading for an age of distraction.pdf

Here are some of my emerging ideas about the potential for slower writing and reading in an age of distraction.  I'd love to hear what you think of them.  Best wishes.  Bob

Posted on June 18, 2015 at 11:43 — 4 Comments

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At 6:06 on March 14, 2022, Ned Seabrook said…

Happy to help Bob. Also happy to be on 'stand-by' to give support etc. in need. Just otherwise enjoying being retired.

Hope all is well with you.

Ned

At 4:30 on March 12, 2022, tim thomas said…

Hi Bob

Very much enjoyed 'Storm' and want more. Tim.

At 11:23 on October 15, 2020, Fizza Hasan said…

Thank you, Bob. That's a great idea. 

At 11:30 on August 13, 2020, Heather Day said…

Thank you Bob.

I was a member of AMED previously and I am glad to be back here now.

Looking forward to the session next Friday

Best wishes

Heather 

At 8:57 on February 19, 2020, Dr Tony McNulty said…

Thanks Bob - actually I have never left AMED and have indeed been a member since the 1980s when Marguerite Greatorex?? used to run meetings at the Polytechnic of Central London.  What I have never done before is signed onto the AMED website.  This post certainly ages me.  And latterly I find myself increasingly citing Mark Twain: "I have nothing against retirement, so long as it does not interfere with my work."     

At 5:49 on May 25, 2019, Brian Watts said…

Hi Bob, what a delightful day yesterday.  I really enjoyed the amount of laughter that we shared,that was really good for my soul!  Thank-you.  Photo done!

At 3:55 on March 14, 2019, Bill Critchley said…

Buy the way I didn't write this at 3.54 but at 9.55 - it can't even get the time right!

At 3:54 on March 14, 2019, Bill Critchley said…

Yes I do find it hard to navigate.  Apparently my article is on it somewhere but I can't see how to find it, although David McAra is attempting to help me.  When does the full virtual publication come out?

At 12:15 on November 4, 2018, Ilaria Boncori said…

Dear Bob (and colleagues),

Many thanks for having me, I hope my little article is of interest and I look forward to being part of this community.

Best,

Ilaria

At 2:37 on November 21, 2017, Ben Gibbs said…

Hi Bob ... thanks for your welcome last month. 

One month in though, and I'm confused about how to ensure I see what's going on. I've yet to receive any form of notification or email from the network, although I guess there has been stuff happening. 

My issue is that I don't have the time to remember to login or search, but rather need to set up notifications for the areas that interest me. How do I do that?

Yours

Ben

 
 
 

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