Tag Archives: Community

Friends Forever?

We were in a conversation today about establishing communities when Laura reminded me about ‘Friendship Books‘. A thing of our childhood, before the days of t’internet, the premise was this: a book, made of actual paper, where you wrote a … Continue reading

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Voices

Whispering in the wind, echoing through hallways, buzzing like an angry fly down a bad phone line or whispered tenderly late at night. Voices of purpose and intent, voices that implore or beg us to take action, bullying or directive … Continue reading

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Organisational Dinosaurs: how big they are, how dead they’ll be

Evolution is about adaptation to environmental pressure. It’s a dance between mutation and opportunism as we find the shape that best fits the environment we inhabit. As the environment changes: we evolve. Failure means extinction: redundancy as we are out … Continue reading

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Storytelling through Change

Yesterday i wrote about the change journey: the ways we build alignment, momentum and lead, eventually, to transformation. Today, i want to revisit that diagram and add in the storytelling element. In change, we use three levels of narrative: personal … Continue reading

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From Disturbance to Transformation: a change journey

Change is about momentum. We start with disturbance, either from within or imposed from outside (environmental, market or third party). From momentum for change we move to strategy: our best shot at direction. Our intent is then amplified: we raise … Continue reading

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Induction: the mechanisms of joining up. A #WorkingOutLoud post

When we join an organisation, we often go through induction: the sequence of stylised sessions and activities that are the organisational equivalent of telling you where the toilets are and which coat hook is yours. I’ve been working on the … Continue reading

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From Intent to Purpose: stages of community

Communities form around shared value and shared purpose: one without the other lacks momentum. With both, we can be productive, we can be unified. But that unity is not accidental: it comes about through processes of formation and guidance that … Continue reading

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