The purpose of this studyguide is to give you a basic understanding of 'quantum storytelling' in relation to SEAM (Socioeconomic Approach to Management). Each answer has a short form, for those who get it without elaboration, and an elaborated long form, for those who need more background or just want to explore a topic. You decide how deep you want to study. That is part of what is called the Observer Effect. Masters students should have at least one extended answer in an exam.
Short Answer: Draw the 4-leaf clover and the root-stems, then label what the question calls for.
Figure 1 - 4 Leaf Clover with the Root-Stems
Extended Answer: Label the Structures and Behaviors
Short Answer: First, define storytelling: Storytelling is how organizations make sense of themselves and their environment. There are three subdomains of storytelling: narrative of the past, living stories of the unfolding present, and antenarratives that connect past and present to the future. Antenarrative is defined as a bet on the future and it is before the rigid, petrified, fossilized coherence that becomes narrative. Second, storytelling relates to consulting, because every organization has storytelling of its past, present, and hopefully its future. The consultant's job is to change that storytelling. If it worked, you would not be called in to change anything. Develop a new antenarrative of the future or move from a linear- or cyclic-antenarrative to a spiral-antenarrative. We call this developing a spiral-antenarrative that is on the upturn, an upsurge of revenues and lowered costs.
Extended Answer: Narrative can be thought of as like the shell of the snail. When the snail is inside, curled away, you don't know if there is life inside or not. A living story is like the live snail, alive in the present. The shell is what it has craft in the past. When scared, the snail hides in its shell, or may abandon the shell for another shell. That process of crafting the shell is ante (before) narrative, i.e. an antenarrative. It is also a 'bet on the future' that the shell will protect the soft bodied live snail from all harm. There are other sorts of antenarratives, such as the linear path the snail travels, the spiral of the shell, etc.
See study guide: What is Living Story?
Short Answer: A living story is something in relationship to narrative and to antenarratives (Boje, 2001, 2008a). A living story is unfolding in the present. It is lived, a life story. It is often not included in narrative, such as the stuff of your life you don't include in a resume (shell-narrative). Stuff like your coping with life's ups and downs. Living stories have a place to be told, a time to be told, and a mind of their own (in other words they are energy vibrations, or waveforms).
Extended Answer: For more extensive answer, please read What is Living Story? Boje first encountered the idea when he began his colleagueship with Kaylynn Twotress in 1997, and the idea took on more aliveness with Jo Tyler's work. Living story developed more materiality in working with Cajete's and Vizenor's work on materiality in relation to [living] story. And it has more 'material storytelling' with my introduction to Anete Strand's (2011, 2012) work. Finally, in the Quantum Storytelling (Boje, 2012) book.
Short Answer: List one assumption from 6 Quantum Storytelling Assumptions Quantum Storytelling is how we are all interconnected, people and things, the earth and the universe. Quantum storytelling is a connection of life between living story and spiral-antenarratives. Einstein says "everything is energy." All life is interconnected, even across great distances. Quantum Storytelling is our interconnection with all living things, and all things are living. Have you noticed how certain kinds of storytelling create emotional contagion, change the mood of an organization? The reason is humans are energy beings and organizations are storytelling systems with their own agency. We are vibrating at low and high frequencies, depending on our mood and the situation. Our human storytelling is waveform.
In Dr. Masaru Emoto's Famous Fujiwara Dam Experiment, a Buddhist monk prays over some plotted body of water, and the observer effect, is the when Dr. Emoto measures the result, there has been a shift in the crystalline pattern, as well as a visible change in the quality of the water itself. How is the 7 points of the crystal pattern of the water molecule related to that monk's prayer?
Extended Answer: List all 6 Quantum Storytelling Hypotheses. For more extended answer also explain what is waveform for water, air, earth, and fire? Give examples See study guide on QVFW such as more Dr. Emoto experiments. You can also look at the intros to book: QUANTUM STORYTELLING and On Line Book" Quantum Spirals for Organization Consulting book. In our consultant storytelling, the observations we make about a client in our storytelling notebook has low and high vibrations as we chart out dysfunctions and things that have good potential to increase revenue, bring about lower costs, turn an enterprise in a more creative direction, etc. Quantum Spirals have momentum and energy (Wolf, p. 68 in Time Loops and Space Twists book).
"Energy is proportional to time-vibe and momentum is proportional space-vibe (Wolf, p. 92).
First Read the QVFW study guide and watch enough YouTubes to get it. Short Answer: QVFW is Quantum Vibratory Frequency Waveforms. Our quantum storytelling and the client's quantum storytelling are in Entanglement, Energy relations, and Entrainment. Define each in a sentence.
First go to the QVFW study guide and read it, study YouTubes below.
Short Answer: There are two famous quantum physicists, each with slightly different quantum storytelling examples:
Dr. Brian Cox - A night with the Stars with simple experiments in quantum science - Cox is the Rock Star of Quantum Physics. His main points: we are vast and empty space, yet interconnected across space. If nucleus of atom were size of a basketball, the electrons would orbit at least eleven miles away, with only empty space in-between. Dr. Cox's presentation is an example of quantum storytelling, how we are interconnected. He gives example of a diamond that has waveform connections to the planets. He also explains the double slit experiment, and demonstrates a single, double, and triple waveform.
Dr. Quantum - what is the double slit experiment? YouTube. Main point: If top of a wave meets the bottom of another wave, there is an interference effect. This is an example of quantum storytelling. See interview with Dr. Quantum (Fred Alan Wolf).
Short answer: Antenarrative is one of the three parts of storytelling, along with narrative and living story. An antenarrative is defined as meaning two things: a before-narrative coherence, and a bet on the future. Ante means before and bet. First, antenarrative is BEFORE narrative becomes linear, coherent with definite beginning, middle, and end, and has a particular moral point. Antenarratives connect by their waveform narratives and living stories. This beforeness is a sort of waveform. Second, antenarrative is a BET on the future, in fact many bets on how the future will arrive in the present.
Long Answer: What is antenarrative? WIKIPEDIA page. Discuss an example of the research on antenarratives in organization studies.
Short Answer: The different kinds of antenarrative (linear-, cyclic-, spiral-, and rhizome-antenarratives), and to illustrate their relation to kinds of causality (formal, material, final, and efficient).Linear-antenarrative (e.g. PERT and critical path charts), Cyclic-antenarrative (Production cycle charts), Spiral (upward and downward socioeconomic episode sequences), Rhizome-antenarrative Each type of antenarrative connects living story to narrative, in a different way.
Figure 2 - 4 Types of Antenarrative (Antenarrative is defined as 'bets on the future' that occur 'before the storytelling coheres into narrative fossilization'
Short Answer: Draw an Archimedian Spiral-antenarrative, a Logarithmic Spiral-antenarrative, and a Double Q-Spiral-antenarrative?
Figure 3 -Archimedian Spiral (it has equal spaced turns, also known as twirls and orbits). It is a Time Spiral of Change that is from your Savall et al. (2008) textbook p. 26.
Figure 4 - Logarithmic Spiral Seashell, an example of a Spiral-Antenarrative. Each orbit increases (amplifies). Over the primordial life of the seashell creature, it develops a leading edge of spiral transformation, adding to its shell.
Figure 5 - This is example of Q- Double Spiral-antenarrative. It has upward and downward directions in the same spiral, and it is mobile (moving) in trajectory in its environment that has 3 dimensions of its environment (landscape, timescape, and material-performance).
As consultants you work with your client to effect a change in the environmental landscape, and the Q-spiral reacts to the change while effecting the change. You are activators of change using D-P-I-E cycles of intervention, along a timescape. The timescape has three Δt's, the delta change in time for each cycle, that combine in three amplifications to make an upsurge Double Spiral.
Extended Answer: Double-spiral-antenarratives are buffeted about by updrafts and downdrafts (depicted in the two larger arrows above). It is like doing glider plane flight, you coast along until you sense an updraft force, move into its momentum, and ascend thousands of feet by doing a gentle climbing spiral motion, then exit the updraft, and coast along descending slowly, until it is time to search out another updraft. It is the same for organizations, you as a consultant need to observe and note the updrafts, so that a Q-Double-Spiral can glide along an updraft. For example, the Las Cruces downtown, outdoor mall (Farmers Crafts Market) opens each Saturday, and vendor's share the updraft of their collaborative involvement, as well as the, beautification of the downtown, its renewal. Once long ago, markets met in the courtyard of St. Genevieve Church, it was torn down in the urban renewal frenzy, and the downtown had no 'soul' no updraft momentum, that venders could glide into. Now there are musicians, fantastic organic produce, and a hundred artists assembled, each their own small business, sharing in the updraft.
In your answer, please explain that a double spiral has both an upward and a downward Quantum movement. In small incremental growth, the upward spiral extends outward in upsurge, while at the same time, having a downward spiral the flushes out toxic people and toxic substances (waste). A double spiral has both upward and downward momentum forces, in motion, simultaneously. It is not an either/or, not either an upward or a downward spiral, rather it is a double spiral! This is a strong process understanding of double spiral dynamics, rather than a weak process where there are recurring stages, or petrified sequences, as in the cyclic-antenarrative (where the same phases recur again and again. In the double spiral-antenarrative, you get repetitions of difference, creating amplifications and contractions (deviation-amplification & deviation-counteraction, in technical terms, centrifugal and centripetal spiral wave forces).
The Time Spiral-Antenarrative has three forces of change, the Δt's. The spiral and each axis of change is an antenarrative (buildup of future-shaping waves) in the small business you consult. The Time Spiral is part of the Savall et al (2008: 26) book's chart: The Axes of Socio-Economic 'Intervention Research.' The Time Spiral is actually three-dimensional, but the figure makes it look flat. Is this an upward or a downward spiral. We don't know. The Time Spiral is slowing, then speeding up, making its turns, achieving tempo. I am not sure what is around the bend. I make a bet (an ante). I can see the swirl just completed. Time Spiral is two antes: (1) a 'bet' on what the future will be, and (2) a 'before' I know for sure. A turn is in process. There is a forward rolling motion and some undercurrent. The pace and forces of change is faster than I like it to be. I place my bets.
Figure 6 – Archimedian Time Spiral (Source, p. 26 in Savall, Zardet, & Bonnet, 2008)
I am utterly swept away in the ascent from the center of this Time Spiral, from its core to its periphery. Ante up. My bet is the descent has even greater velocity. Each bet-point (ante-bet) on the Time Spiral is once-occurrent, never-repeated Being-as-event, and the not-yet (ante-before) becoming Future. Only the cycles recur (Nietzsche’s eternal return cycle is rare). Most cycle antenarratives do not recur. The very expectation of an increase in one force of change, tilts the Time Spiral. Lost balance! The pace of change puts me on alert to shortfalls (more ante-bets). A shift in the antenarrative Time Spiral, its upward or downward twirl is immanent. Place your bets on the next spin, the next whirl of the Archimedian Time Spiral. I don't know your life, your narrative-past, your living story web relationships Now, or the antenarrative lines and more spirals you are in that are future-shaping your careers. The small gaps between two spirals, are gaps of stillness, emerging in you. Elkhart Tolle in a YouTube I am listening to, says it's a gap where there is no noise playing in the head, from the thoughts, or the storyline, telling me who you are, telling you who you are. The narrative is who you think you are, that your parents gave you, and you glance at it in retrospection (backward looking) forming your thought-mentally derived self. Living stories are happening in the Now, in your field of awareness, but the narrative you have telling yourself for so long, as your identity, has emptied out so many living story experiences.
Extended Answer: According to Quantum physics, due to the Observer effect, as a consultant doing observations on a business you are the efficient cause, the activator of change. Your observations, spoken or not, written or not, have subtle impacts. As you notice dysfunctions, that can create more of them, or it can be a joint inquiry of you and the client, into how to move to the next level of organization and management, so the dysfunctions are managed, prevented, and costs get lowered and revenues increase as quality and service increase. By understanding subtle differences in types of spiral processes (Archimedian, Logarithmic, & Quanta) you can better appreciate the Heisenberg Uncertainty and Observer-Effect principles. You cannot measure both position and movement of a quanta-particle at the same time. Your observation of movement is different than you observation of exact position. Here we measure movement, and create the upsurge spiral-antenarrative by doing three D-P-I-E cycles (these are positional), yet they result in movements of Quantum Double Spiral, by turning successive potentia into actuality. Organization consulting is easy. Step 1, take fieldnotes, step 2 do you D-P-I-E cycles, and step 3 follow the 23 steps to creation of an upsurge-double-spiral. It is way way to change the rules of the game, and develop a strategy not plagued by linear thinking. First we will review the linear thinking, then move into nonlinear and then more dynamic double-spiral consulting processes.
For your answer, draw that path and label its path activities. Answer: What is the longest time path to construct this house? This is a measurement of position, but it is not movement. This is a linear-antenarrative of positions put into a chart of time start and stop sequences.
What is Antenarrative? It is defined as a double meaning of 'ante': ante as 'before' and ante as 'bet'. It is important to know the difference between weak processes such as the linear chart below, and the non-linear processes. It is a weak process, a structure of stages in a plan, but it is not movement.
Figure 7: Linear-Antenarrative Example. A PERT Chart for building a house? (PERT FOR HOUSE). It is a linear-antenarrative that conditions our experiential sense of time, and leads to illusion. Linear time is an illusion. Clock-time lulls into a fantasy land.
Extended Answer: Do A PERT chart for this class. List activities involved in completing your Consulting Project, develop time-duration estimates (best case, most likely, worst case) for each activity, draw a path chart, and indicate the 'critical path' using most likely time estimates?
Figure 8 - Above is a PERT Chart, an example of a Linear-Antenarrative of building a forged rack for a motorcycle.
For example, in a PERT chart the 'before' is all the living stories of stakeholders, and the after is its rendition into a linear PERT chart-narrative. The 'bet' is that the past (arrows) will repeat exactly in the future. But of course, this never happens, due to all the dysfunctions one encounters (lateness, poor deliveries, wrong parts, lack of training, etc.). More sophisticated answer: Antenarratives are defined as two types of antes: (1) future-shaping 'bets' the future-shaping waves of change and (2) echo waves bouncing back way 'before' the rigid narrative-past locks in its structure/form/plot/monologic (Boje, 2001, 2012a, b). Keep in mind while linear processes are important, the consulting changes you will effect, are to transform spiral quantum processes.
"People like us, who believer in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is is only a stubborn, persistent illusion" (Albert Einstein).
A PERT chart is a linear-antenarrative, a past-->present-->future illusion. In Quantum Spiral practices, not only is the focus on non-linear processes, the kind of possibilities of spacetime is from future to present, and future to a revision of what is interesting about the past.
Short Answer: To consult with your client to build a spiral-antenarrative, develop three projects in D-P-I-E cycles, and link them into each other, so there is an upturn, an upsurge as the client moves to the next project.
Figure 9 - This is example of taking three D-P-I-E cycles and stringing them together over the course of one semester to fashion a Logarithmic Spiral (it has ever increasing or ever decreasing turns) that result in an UPDRAFT SPIRAL. We will use this DPIE spiral to work with our clients. The three DPIE cycles, combine to make an updraft spiral momentum and energy.
In doing SEAM consulting, you will do three D-P-I-E cycles (D diagnostic of dysfunctions hidden costs and untapped revenues that you communicate face-to-face with your client in a MIRROR EFFECT meeting, P project plan, I implementation of project, and E evaluation of project results). Each cycle is a series of position-phases, and is not a movement, until you combine the cycles, in some series of amplification (& hopefully not counteracting, tightening, death spiral). Your job as consultants is to build an upsurge spiral-antenarrative, one with waves of small growth in reaction-diffusion changes from the three D-P-I-E cycles you create with your client..
Extended Answer: As a consultant you observe momentum (space-vibes) and energy (time-vibes) of the small business. The momentum of Quantum Spiral is moving in a definite direction. As an observer you affect the energy (time-vibes) of the small business. Internally, the energy of a Quantum Spiral, is its up and down, left and right, and in and out orbits. As you observe and take note of momentum and energy of Quantum Spiral of the small business, you are changing outcomes that would otherwise happen. Your observation is a choice of how, when, where, what, and when to observe an ongoing process.
Short Answer: They come from the taproots in the rhizomatic-antenarrative, out of which the SEAM four-leaf clover patch grows.
Figure 10 - Above is a Rhizome assemblage, a series of tap-root-stems sprouting clovers, and it is an example of a rhizomatic-antenarrative. SEAM includes an analysis of untapped revenue potential, that is blocked by the taproots (stem-roots) in the workings of an organization.
Short Answer: We care fore-caring, forestructuring, and fore-having the future as we do quantum storytelling. See the 'Quantum Storytelling: Blacksmithing Art in the Quantum Age' film on YouTube (Boje, 2012). List several of the D's.
Figure 11 -The Four Axes (A B C D) of Socio-Economic Approach to 'Intervention Research'
This is your Time-Spiral-Antenarrative . It has four axes in the on line version.
Axis A-Spiral is known as D-P-I-E cycles, doing 3 small projects leads to updraft spiraling: Diagnostic, Project, Implementation, and Evaluation of Results.
Axis B-Spiral seems linear, all the 7 tools in a line, but this is itself a Force of Change, and the Time Spiral whirls through this axis, and the other two, one-by-one: Time Management, Strategic Piloting Notebook (its the one you are writing in now), Priority Action Plan (is a linear antenarrative), Competency Grid, Internal/External Strategic Action Plan (also a linear antenarrative), Periodically Negotiated Activity Contract (what you agree to do with your client between now and end of term), and Spiral Updraft tool (making linear and cyclical into upward draft spiral).
Axis C-Spiral is also points along the Time Spiral, and a Force of Change, Main Directions, Rules of the Game, Resources Redeployment, Technological and Procedural Changes, Strategic Choice: Product Market, Choice of Management System, Strategic Development of Human Resources. Axis C is all the Structures and Behaviors that have atrophied, as presenting in the Four-Leaf Clover.
Axis D-Spiral are the 11 D's of Quantum Storytelling, the diagnostic questions, as presented in the YouTube Film. Asking the questions of your client, sets up changes (Observer Effects of the questioning process, as it becomes self-fulfilling).
Example: I got a phone call from a client who did not want our mail-order chemicals, but did want a printer who could run an instant printing press. (see YouTube video of this press). That happy accident took us upwards on the Time Spiral, away from dead end mail order chemical business and into Personnel-For-Printers.The twirl of the Time Spiral can tighten or loosen, on me, and its momentum can speed or slow. How I love the pauses, and the spacious nothingness in-between the twirls. I can turn away from a weaker spiral, but other times its force of change will buildup and the whirl will move more timespacemattering that I can process, keep pace with.
Figure 12 - Upward Spiral-Antenarrative - From Chapter Two Quantum Storytelling BOOK
This upward spiral-antenarrative is what happened in a small business I ran with partners (first mistake), called Personnel-For-Printers.
Extended Answer: The ante (a bet) and the other ante (a before) it became this small business, when it was an entirely different rut of a business, whose lines and cycles were not working. It happened in serendipity! I made a happiness discovery one day and did not know I was seeking serendipity. Two other partners and I began a Mail-order Chemical Supplies for Printing Businesses. My job as a writer was to write the newsletter. I will call the two partners, Ernie and Sammy. Ernie had been selling a Japanese brand of electrostatic masters (used on printers instead of the metal ones), and Sammy had been running a commercial print shop, but was tired of it. We were friends at church, and decided to launch a small business. Never do this! Never think that just because they are church-friends they are good business partners! The friendship turns instrumental (see Aristotle 360 BCE). We started the small business in Sammy’s garage with a truck load of printing chemicals. We distributed our newsletter to a hundred print shops, and no orders came in. Then serendipity struck. Going with the flow is sometimes good advice. Going against the flow of the spiral-antenarrative is easier when there are few pressures built-up in the whirl. The whirl is centrifugal (throwing me outward) and centripetal (pulling me inward). I do have the feeling of surfing a wave. When I cut across the directional flow, on one of the forces of change (axes), I do go much faster. Feel the Time Spiral’s energy. It curls and swirls around me. I try not to be disturbed by its time currents, and remain in timelessness. Instead of downward spiral being different and separate from an upward spiral, in the socioeconomic world of organizations, there are both upward adn downward forces in the same spiral-structure. This is depicted in the Q-Spiral.
Short Answer: Golf Pro, and Boje gave General tips on golf swings before Boje ever played the game.
I don't know your narrative-past, your living story relationships, your antenarrative lines or spirals that are future-shaping your career. Let me introduce myself. In Vietnam, I was a golf pro.
Figure 13 As a Spec-5 Army Sergeant, I was a Golf Pro in Vietnam - where I got my start in small business, running the Golf Pro Shop
Short Answer: Trash compactor, the flat magnifying lens for big screen TVs, and a coffee bag machine
Figure 14 - Always in a Good Mood, Daniel Q. Boje
I got into teaching business after my dad (Daniel Quintan Boje) lost a million dollars. He created a small business, an upward spiral, from his trash-compactor invention (read story here). For more on this invention see (Boje 1999): 10 Cadillacs Story and the Monster.
Figure 15 - This is what Daniel Q. Boje's Trash Compactor looks like today
Figure 16- Daniel Q Boje US Pat NO. 3,384,007 issued May 21, 1968 Patented Apr 9 1974 (approved) See Source
You can see his invention in use behind many of the shopping malls, compacting cardboard into a huge container. He had invested $750,000 in the stock market in a brokerage house that was uninsured (before such insurance was required). He lost it all when the brokerage firm collapsed. The remaining $250K was invested in a construction business and in starting Mid-Atlantic Golf Association (to compete with the PGA). Cash poor, these small business ventures entered the downward spiral and they collapsed.
Figure 17 - Patent number: 4177484 Filing date: May 16, 1977 Issue date: Dec 4, 1979 Inventor: Daniel Q. Boje
See Patent for the lens; close up of just lens patent image; front view of console
He kept inventing, and invented wide-screen TV (an earlier model that has a magnifying lens, for which he received a design patent award from the U.S. Patent Office, and that is something they rarely give). But low and behold, just as in the Personnel-For-Printers case, he had a partner, one even less virtuous than mine. His partner sold the stock in the new company three times to three different groups of investors, and that is fraud. The partner took the money and ran off to the UK, never to be seen or heard again. My father's new business entered a downward spiral antenarrative, and it could not be reversed. No matter how we tried, it could not be saved.
Dad created a third invention, a coffee-maker that ran on hydraulics for its controls, and shot scalding hot water through coffee bags (strung together). It was meant for restaurant use. Actor Telly Savalis was his main investor. The venture failed, and after three failed business enterprises, and three divorces, he went off to be a hermit doing gold prospecting in the Oregon National Forest, just west of Port Orford, along Elk River.
I have an "ante" a small "bet" that you are all "Aggies!" I assume you care about ranching, farming, animals and plants. You are aware that "Aggie" identity is coming to an end, and does not give you an identity anymore, not as it did to your father and mother, or grandfather and grandmother, or great ones (ante) before. For years the small business has been trying to get out of a narrative-past, a living story nightmare of predominately misery, and according to Tolle, their ego feels stronger in that ("Looking for further unhappy experiences, that strengthen their sense of self" as a pain body), and wants more antenarratives that shape that future. Answer: we are here to change their storytelling to one less dysfunctional (less deficiency and excess) so they have happiness (virtue). The small business searches for a greater, deeper antenarrative of possible future.
Figure 18- Boje's Grandmother, Wilda Eaton, a trick rider in the rodeo - from Chapter 1 Quantum Storytelling BOOK by D. Boje
Short Answer: Boje's Grandmother, Wilda Eaton
Extended Answer: I want to say something important about being a small business in the Wild West. Wilda's parents were farmers, and she married Ray Eaton, a Wild West sheep herder, and silver and gold prospector, and occasional bootlegger. Wilda’s father, William Henry Shelton (born July 26 1863 in Brownstown, Indiana; died Aug.. 18 1946 in Toppenish, WN, buried at Tacoma Cemetery in Yakima, WN) and mother was Virginia Tuttle (born Mar 13 1863 in Wayne County Iowa and died Oct. 11
1944 in Toppenish and buried in Yakima, WN). William and Virginia came to Washington by covered wagon on the Oregon Trail in 1897. Like Catherine and August, they were farmers. But they grew wheat, and that storytelling standpoint is complexly different. One child (Henry Wayne) died on Oregon Trail. They could not afford the train, so they did the 2000 mile trek by wagon. Here is a photo of that clan, and includes the first husband of Wilda, my grandmother, a Mr. Raymond Eaton, a gold and silver prospector, a bootlegger during the depression, and a sheep herder after that. For more on who is Wilda, see
Short Answer: I will show you two diagrams, an upward spiral and a downward spiral. Combine them into one drawing. Please (draw and label it as a Q-spiral with both upward and downward directions in self-same structure)?
In the Upward Virtue Spiral is a series of virtue decisions, and in each one finding the mean (intermediate) state between excess and deficiency keeps the spiral in its left-right orbit. Happiness if the Highest Good and Justice is sum of all virtues.
Figure 19 - The Virtue Spiral - copyright D. M. Boje, Ph.D., Chapter 9 in Quantum Physics of Storytelling book
There are virtues of feeling, thought, and action in small business, choice points along a Virtue Spiral, or perhaps a Vice Spiral. The virtue, according to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (aka Virtue Ethics) is the intermediate state (exploring the mean between deficiency and excess). The small business owner and employees have dysfunctions in their business when they cannot find the state of virtue at each twirl of the spiral between the excess, a vice-temptation-choice that pulls the Virtue Spiral one way, and deficiency, a temptation to vice that pushes the small business the other way. Functional small business has found the intermediate state, has found quality, value-added, ethical choiceworthy action. Dysfunctional is low-quality, rip-off service, shoddy craftsmanship, excess charges, etc. Root them out and more profit and lower coast and higher quality accrues in the long run (that is what your consulting is all about).
The Virtue Spiral depicts Happiness as The Highest Good (Aristotle, Book 1, Chap 2), and twirls through many choice-points (each a deliberation state that has deficiency or excess) (Book 6, Chap 9 deliberation 'by the correct process' in each episode) and the Virtue Spiral whirls eventually into the depths of Justice (Book 5). Virtue then is being the "living embodiment of what is just" (Book 5, Chap 5). Justice is the sum of all virtues in the Virtue Spiral from the highest good (happiness) to all the types of justice. Justice is fair, equitable, and proportionate. "Virtue is the same as justice" and is a "promoting the common good" (Book 5).
Sometimes a small business enters a downward spiral antenarrative. Here is an example
Figure 20 - Downward Small Business Spiral-Antenarrative Example from Chapter 2 Quantum Physics of Storytelling
Zemblanity means the opposite of serendipity: Making very unhappy, unlucky and unexpected discoveries by design of what we really don’t want to know (Boyd, 1998; see also Roemer, 1995). I discovered that certain accounting information was being suppressed by my partner, Sammy. I really did not want to know the level of vice, corruption, and deception going on. Zemblanity struck! Sammy went on vacation and I discovered piles of bills from vendors unpaid, and worse, unpaid tax payments to the IRS for payroll, social security, FICA. It was a disaster, a collapse of our small business ethics. I was complicit and answerable, because as co-owner I should know what is going on with regard to the accounting. I dug deeper and found more accounts receivable, growing older. After 90 days, most of it just is never collectable. Sammie (not his real name), my partner, wanted to play the role of accountant. Trouble was he was inexperienced. And he was stingy, refusing to pay the vendors, dragging the payments out until they were 60, 90, 120 days overdue. A downward spiral is an awful, painful experience. Sammie went on vacation. I got a look at the difference between receipts, what was reported in the accounting, and what we owed. We were in trouble. So I got the staff together, and we made calls, and sent couriers and collected thousands of dollars and paid off vendors and made IRS payments. It was not near enough.
Short Answer: The Heart-Sword has a heart of Care has 'Heart-of-Care" handle, a "Spiral-of-Life" hilt, and a double-edge sword to strike through every sort of storytelling (past, present, and future). Let the Spiral of Life and Heart-of-Care flow through you! "Not seeking yourself in past of future.. Embrace Now ... the the form that is there" (Tolle, ibid). This figure is a ritualized image of "Intervention Research" into what I am calling 'Storytelling Standpoint Methodology.' The left hand has a Heart-sword of care & compassion, and it DE-severs (meaning it joins instead of cut), so as to reconnect the past and future, present and past, present and future. De-severance of space, of time, and of matter is explained in the YouTube Film ""Quantum Storytelling: Blacksmithing Art in the Quantum Age".
Extended Answer: The two edges of the heart-sword stand for (1) emotional-volitional tone of the storytelling standpoint, and (2) the seeing of 'what is' in Nowness.
Figure 21 - Heart Sword in its Hologram - copyright Chapter 8 Quantum Storytelling BOOK by D. Boje
The Heart-Sword figure is within what I call a "storytelling hologram" (Boje, 2008a). The architectonic means the interanimation between ethics, aesthetics, and cognitive (thought/thinking/mental) discourses. The Null has his/her right hand in the plane of the narrative past, a left leg in living story plane of Now relationships, and is cutting through the antenarrative plane. The Null can cut through the narratives, living stories (draining energy) and the sorts of antenarrative (future-shaping) choices that are not intermediate (have excess or deficiency). This brings us to Storytelling Standpoint Methodology, an inquiry into the Storytelling Hologram of the small business.