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Chapter 14 Boje Story of Fox and Transactional Leadership Behavior This will be a theory of leadership that is not about traits or lists of behaviors it is about being who we need to be in the situation The elements of theatre can come together in many ways There can be an unfolding of plot that draws in characters scripting their lines and spectacle scenes Or the spectators and actors can migrate and wander from stage to stage change their character masks as they go See Tamara Boje 1995 SCENE 1 RISING ACTION London England July 2007 Narrative I am walking about 5AM from Southwark London into a nature preserve called One Tree Hill Queen Elizabeth I on May 1st 1602 she picnicked by this Oak of Honor David This is amazing as I follow a deer trail through dense trees bushes and briar I come across a homeless person s abandoned shelter bedding is tossed into the brush It uses architecture of a long hut or teepee I had seen on exhibit in Yakima Indian Reservation Washington State Amazing that homeless people would put their sticks together and weave in vines as a covering There is a welcome mat in front of the entrance I keep walking find a clearing beneath a maple tree Frame of Homeless Hut off of Deer Trial on 1 Tree Hill SCENE 2 THE CLIMAX Boje Meets Fox in Forest David I set up a medicine wheel with 7 directions around the Maple Tree I do my Eagle s Breath meditation and for 1st time in my life do a audible chant with some of the Jain mantras Om namo arihantanam I bow to souls who conquer their inner enemies FYI My Jain name is Arihanta means conqueror of inner enemies and that I have no enemies everyone is my friend Om namo siddahanam I bow to souls who reach perfection Om namo ayariyanam I bow to souls who practice before preaching teaching I hear a sound crashing through the brush and trees just to the north of the clearing I keep chanting but with eyes vigilant sweeping the perimeter Fox I expect a homeless man to appear but instead it s a fox It s a red fox with several shades of browns and a long tail as long as his body is circling David I keep up the breathing rhythm and the meditative chant Om namo uvajjahyanam I bow to souls who experienced the Truth the teachers of mankind Fox Fox moves closer in a spiraling circle around the tree coming in closer to where David is sitting David Fox reacted when I startled and my breath and sound rhythm shifted from calm to fear Fox Fox moves away spiraling circle still counter clock wise closer to the forest tree line David I regain my calm and continue a gentle stead breathing and chant Namo loe savva sahunam I bow to all the saints everywhere who walk the spiritual path of awareness NOTE I rather like this part as it intersects my Catholic Jain and native spiritual training and beliefs Fox Fox feels David s calmer energy of gentleness and reverses the exit now spiraling back in closer and closer to where David is seated beneath the Maple Tree David and the Red Fox continue their interaction for about 10 more minutes David keeps up his chanting and breathing noticing that as he is calm the fox comes in closer Whenever he starts to fear or breaks his rhythm the fox spirals away SCENE 3 Workshop in Lincoln England University of Lincoln Narrative David decided to incorporate the lesson of the Red Fox into his medicine wheel ceremony David has prepared a medicine wheel and invited faculty and students to sit in it be observers on the outside or just skip it and not attend their choice David telling them story of the Red Fox I learned from this spiritual animal that if I am calm and centered my audience will sense that energy and approach me in a trusting manner Professor from Lincoln What do you mean David If I am settled and calm the fox approaches If I make a sudden shift in my breathing the fox retreats It is an insight in how I can be with people in a state of gentleness THREE APPLICATIONS OF STORY TO BEHAVIOR SCHOOL OF LEADERSHIP 1 In chapter 4 p 1 the behavior school is about transactions Boje and the Fox are having a series of behavior transactions As Boje manages his breath and chant behaviors expressing calm and gentleness then the fox approaches When he breaks that rhythm the story illustrates the transaction shifts and the parties move further physically emotionally apart 2 Chapter 4 p 4 also stresses that leaders use behaviors to transform Boje is transforming his teaching workshop behavior going for a different kind of interaction pattern He is changing the game played between teacher and audience 3 Energeia Directions Boje s version of the Medicine Wheel is a ritual an ancient meditation on the 7 energeias and the 7 directions He has set out the seven directions using sticks and stones to mark the directions He has meditated on the 7 energeias paying particular attention to the northwest which combines north air with west fire energies This combination is for Boje not for everyone or every tribe the heart charka A charka is a whirl of energy in the body in relationship to the world we are in be it physical and or spiritual world According to this philosophy which is as old as humanity a leader who manages their heart charka energy can affect changes in their own behavior


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