I used the mythical bird, Sankofa, as a metaphor in my doctoral research on understanding a social movement through the power of story and storytelling leadership. Before this study, I was not familiar with the Sankofa tradition, and perhaps you are not either. It is an Akan, people of Ghana, West African descent, word describing the ability to review history to find strengths, to revisit earlier lessons, and to identify weaknesses and mistakes in order to guide ourselves wisely thereafter.
Go Back to the Past and bring to the present, past values needed now
Sankofa represents the concepts of self-identity, redefinition and vision – all of which are cornerstones to the work of Gilliam Consulting. My work is centered on providing others with the sacred space, freedom and sense of security to examine their past, present, and anticipated or desired future. If the egg is held too tight, then it will break. If the egg is held too loose, it will fall. Our work together is focused on moving forward, while gaining wisdom from the past and exacting the proper balance in preparation for the future.
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Karen L. Gilliam, MBA, Ph.D., CDE
P.O. Box 46220, Bedford, Ohio 44146