Talking about Book Club with Dr Susan Goff

The book club is one of SLaM’s many new strategies to develop our capacity to create communities of practice around our ongoing exploration of spirituality in leadership and management.

Our first book club event was attended by 8 enthusiastic members keen to help build the idea of a SLaM book Club, and to do this by exploring and sharing the work of our current book club author, David Whyte and his renown text “The Three Marriages: reimagining work, self and relationship“.

Whyte has built an internationally respected reputation as a poet who works in the realm of human development in the corporate and public sphere through his poetic understandings and works. We were very blessed to initiate our book club with a visit from Dr Lesley Porter who has developed the use of poetics in her own therapeutic and organisational management practices. SLaM’s president, Susan Goff, held a conversation with Lesley about her work in reference to our reading of Whyte’s text, opening the connections out to the other participants in the group. The meeting concluded with a dinner at the Italian Forum where the Leichhardt Library’ reading room for the book club is located.

The second book club on 20th August will continue our exploration of Whyte’s work, this time inviting any of his texts – large or small, whole book, audio tape or single poem into the conversation. Our intention is to explore how we are making (or would like to) use of Whyte’s approaches and insights in our everyday lives.

Place:  Reading Room in the Leichhardt Libary, Piazza Level, Italian Forum, 23 Norton Street Leichhardt

Date: Wednesday, 20th August 2014

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Cost: $15 per session

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The club will be an interactive exchange of how we read David Whyte and include his wisdom in our everyday life.  The Session is open to anyone who has read anything by David Whyte or not yet… Let us share with you a poem of his: Start Close In by David Whyte . Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

If you are interested in joining, you can purchase the book at most online stores (e.g., Phoenix Rising Books,and Fishpond). You can also read reviews of the book (eg Amazon) in preparation.




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