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Sharing stories is one of the oldest and most powerful forms of communication. They connect people to one another and to events. They unlock the doors to deep learning from experience. Whenever stories are shared in an open way, I feel myself connecting to countless generations of people throughout history. Sharing stories is a time proven way we humans use to build resilience and creatively face change in the natural and social environment. Time and time again, I have seen how time taken to share stories arising from experience brings people through change with healing, grace, and great ideas.

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All around there is a powerful message that we need to change — change our consumer habits, change the way we work, change how we eat, how we organize, CHANGE. Combined with this CHANGE is that we need to do so NOW. There is a powerful credo that change and innovation is key to our organisations, our lives, our planet.

As a consultant and facilitator working with social innovation and dedicating my life to transformation, I can’t say that I disagree with this desire to see organizations, people, and our earth be healthy and balanced. I also long for a…


by Doris Gottlieb | posted in: Doris Gottlieb, holistic approach |

Recently, I worked with a group of students employed as Mentors for students entering their university. They are part of a program designed to build the university community and to help new students integrate into student life and their studies. The program asks a lot of these young people, both in terms of their managerial and leadership capacity. Each is responsible for a group of up to 20 incoming students. We had our meeting just as they completed the most intense part of their work. …


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This article arose out of my interest in how Open Space Technology(OST) is applied within healthcare. In this article I speak together with Kenneth Eikeset, Director of the Clinic for Psychiatric Health Care and Addiction of Helse Fonna Hospital and Bernt Netland an internal consultant working in the Clinic. They share their story of how the Clinic achieved a major organizational transformation and the role the large group method — OST played in that process.. …


An interview with Anne Vries about her experience of transformational change in her organization

I love working on development processes with organizations. My approach is based on the belief that the key to healthy organizational development lies within the organization itself. It’s also based upon understanding that effective change must come from within the organization, and that when you look openly and honestly to what is really there, solutions will arise.

This means that whenever I enter into a development process with my clients I am aware that we are entering into the unknown. Of course there are ideas and…


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The only constant in life is change. Our capacity to deal with change, to flow with it, adapt, innovate and shift determines our individual and collective ability to lead lives of grace. Change is inextricably linked with emotions, those essential sensations that encompass all parts of our being. And the emotion I want to talk about in relation to change is grief.

Grief has many faces and can show up in many ways

Grief is not linear, it’s messy, filled with conflicting and confusing feelings. There are moments of epiphany and beauty and moments of deep disconnection and sadness. …


How being told to “take my vitamins” gave a clue to sustainably working with constant change

Over the past few months I’ve been thinking back on moments when my life changed radically. It feels important to explore the lessons I’ve learned as a way to navigate the big changes that have taken place in 2020 and undoubtedly will continue in 2021.

To my surprise one personal story keeps popping up.

A number of years ago I got a divorce. Living in a foreign country means that my parents only found out about my choice to leave my then husband through…


In Spain there’s a saying “hay que dar tiempo al tiempo,” roughly translated as you should give time to time. I remember the first time heard it was in 1989 I’d just gotten my Master’s from Boston University and had moved to Madrid. I was spending my first month hosted by the family of friend and looking back I see I had made a bold and wild decision to move to a country I had never been to before and make my life there. I had beginners level Spanish and about three friends in Madrid. …


It’s almost redundant to write that 2020 has already been a year of great and rapid change on a global scale. There is so much to say about that, but over the past weeks my attention has been drawn to notice that we are in the midst of a global collective learning-intensive. It’s been inspiring to see how people quickly and creatively people step up to adapt to change when they understand the need to do so. It reminds me that the myth that people are not good at change is just that, a myth. That’s not to say that…


Back in 2001, I was confronted with a situation that shifted the way I stand in my life. As I reflect upon it now, I realize that this was a pivotal moment in my development as a person, in my orientation as a professional and into my commitment to looking at what I have come to call developing the conduct of the change that I want to experience in the world. In writing this story, I realized how my actions during this time have shaped me as a person today. …

Doris Gottlieb

Independent Consultant Facilitator Coach working to connect people to their potential.

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