What if we could take all of the ‘bad’ organisations in the world and get rid of them, leaving only the ‘good’ ones? In this issue, we explore that flawed binary logic and propose an alternative idea: that ignoring the ‘grey area’ – as individuals, leaders and organisations – misses the point of what it means to be human. Knowing this, we must find the courage to hold the beautiful and the ugly at the same time; this issue is our invitation to explore all of it.
A Blueprint for Better Business, Ada Limón, Adam Grant, Alex Edmans, Andy Gregory, Anne-Marie Malley, BGF, Batja Mesquita, Charles Wookey, Craigberoch Business Decelerator, Dacher Keltner,, Deloitte, Ella Robertson McKay, Gib Bulloch, Hege Sæbjørnsen, Hortense Decaux, Jeff Twentyman, Jessi Baker, Jessica Jones, Judith Green, Leaders on Purpose, Louise Le Gat, Mark Heasman, Mohamed Mashharawi, More in Common, Myriam Sidibé, One Young World, RFK Human Rights, Rebecca Solnit, Saasha Celestial-One, Sarah Gillard, Stefan Scheiber, Team GB, The Greater Good Science Center, Thomas Centolella, Tim Dixon, Tracy K. Smith, William Hauvette, Zoya Miari
123 pages, 230mm x 295mm. Offset-printed, thread-sewn, and perfect bound, full colour on uncoated and coated paper. Printed in the United Kingdom by Park Communications. First published in December 2023.
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Inside the Issue
The dark side of emotional intelligence
Written by Adam Grant
Some of the greatest moments in human history were fuelled by emotional intelligence. In some jobs, being in touch with emotions is essential. In others, it seems to be a detriment. And, like any skill, being able to read people can be used for good or evil. New York Times bestselling author Adam Grant explores the complexity of having a high EQ.
Difficult is not the same as impossible
Written by Rebecca Solnit
It is late. We are deep in an emergency. But it is not too late, because the emergency is not over. The outcome is not decided. We are deciding it now. An emergency is when a stable situation destabilises, when the house catches fire or the dam breaks or institution implodes, when the failure or sudden change or crisis calls for urgent response. It’s when it becomes clear that the way things were is not how they’re going to be. Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit calls on us to rise to the moment.
Why do we feel awe?
Written by Dacher Keltner
Awe is the feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends your understanding of the world. What the science of awe suggests is that opportunities for awe surround us, and their benefits are profound. It’s good for our minds, bodies and social connections, says renowned psychologist Dacher Keltner.
“It is an exodus into the unknown, and our task is to make a home there for ourselves and for the nature from which we were never separate.”Rebecca Solnit, p. 42
“Every third day, on average, people feel that they are in the presence of something vast that they do not immediately comprehend.”Dacher Keltner, p. 52