• Describes partnering versus patriarchy.
  • The questions you need to ask when considering a shift from “hero myth” to the “myth of relationships.” Page 22.
  • Provides guidelines on how to organize differently if you don’t want to play by the traditional competitive rules any more. Sample questions to ask yourself to change the paradigm. Pages 40-41.

Chapter 2 - Awakening the Potential of Partnership

  • Explores the partnership model and how it applies to organizations.
  • What are the principles of partnership that make collective progress truly possible? Pages 41-42.
  • How partnership is possible at ALL levels of society. Pages 44-45.
  • Does your organization display the characteristics of a partnership organization? Find out on page 49.
  • Common misunderstandings about non-hierarchical structures. Page 54.
  • 5 high-level strategies that help you move towards a partnership organization. Find them on pages 57-61.

Chapter 3 - The Paradox of Power in the Partnership Organization

  • Explores different ways of keeping and expressing power. Dr. Marc Porter presents a special section on “Powerful Partnerships in the Common Ground”
  • Differences between power-over and power-with and what you need to know BEFORE you begin to shift from one to the other. Page 63.
  • The “laws of power” and why you need to understand them. Page 68.
  • What life looks like within a power-with organization. Pages 79-80.
  • Why “valuing diversity” is not the same as power-with. Page 82.
  • How the “underground” chips away at morale and you may not recognize it. How you can move from “underground” to “Common Ground” without the organization falling apart. Page 83.
  • How one organization moved from “underground” to “Common Ground” and the surprising effect on revenues. Pages 93-96.

Chapter 4 - Leadership in a Partnership Context

  • Explains basic differences between traditional management practices and soulful leadership, including the mentor as midwife who helps birth new growth.
  • Do you know the differences between traditional management skills and skills required in a partnership organization? See page 100.
  • The “stories” that traditional organizations are built upon and how they affect everyone. Pages103-104.
  • 2 basic organization types and how they play out in everyday operations. Which one is yours? Pages 113-115.
  • How people at all levels can create positive changes by practicing “servant leadership.” Pages 120-121.
  • The mythical origins and importance of mentoring, and how soulful mentoring supports soulful leadership. Pages 123-124.

Chapter 5 - Organizational Partnerships: The Living Proof

  • Describes successful partnership models in corporations, non-profit and grassroots organizations past and present. Presents a case study of a state-level organization of a federal agency.
  • If you think your organization is too bureaucratic, authoritarian, or hierarchical for the partnership model, this case study will change your mind.

Chapter 6 - Building the Partnership Community

  • Examines a variety of partnership community models past and present. How do you create a community around partnerships, and what are the benefits you can expect?
  • What building community really means. Pages 151-154.
  • How partnerships can help us navigate confusing and ambiguous times. Pages 160-162.
  • “Calling the Circle” as a way to begin building a partnership community. Pages 162-166.

Chapter 7 - Weaving New Patterns and Changing the Story

  • Provides insights into the process of transition. How it relates to ancient initiation patterns. Transitions required to shift organizational culture, myths and relationships.
  • Do you know the critical distinction between transition and change? Learn it on page 179.
  • Mythical transition metaphors that shed light on transitions in organizations. Pages 184-192.
  • 10 key actions that are important in ensuring a successful transition. Page 193.
  • A model to follow during your transitional journey. Read about it on page 177.