Doorways and trapdoors of Generative Dialogue

Doorways and trapdoors of Generative Dialogue

For any team to expand its range of potential futures it would need to expand its conversational range. We have all experienced being in groups where the quality of the conversation is quite 'limited'; that is, the depth and span of the conversation is highly constrained.

To allow for novelty and emergence to arise in a conversation, four a team needs to open and walk through four 'doors' into a more generative field of being together, and be mindful of four trapdoors along the way ...

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Iterative decision-making as a practice of adaptive leadership

Iterative decision-making as a practice of adaptive leadership

Foundational to leading adaptively as a leader capacity to make robust, well formed decisions quickly in service of supporting the ‘system’ being transformed (e.g., an organisational system) to maintain momentum towards its yet to be defined ideal future. In partnering with our client organisation the need for agility in making effective decisions is paramount with literally millions of dollars riding on how effectively this organisation’s senior leaders make the decisions they will need to continually make in leading the organisation’s transformation.

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Applied Systems Thinking

Applied Systems Thinking

There are a number of approaches to supporting leaders conceptualise and engage with ‘transformational change’. My approach is heavily influenced by the principles and practices of  Adaptive Leadership, with particular emphasis placed upon the importance of establishing and maintaining a suitable container (or holding environment) for supporting the change journey.

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'Containing Change' - 10 considerations for establishing a viable Holding Environment for undertaking adaptive change

'Containing Change' - 10 considerations for establishing a viable Holding Environment for undertaking adaptive change

During times of change, it is critical that the leaders of the change establish a ‘holding environment’ within the organisation that is able to contain and support the change journey - in other words, the container established to support people undertaking adaptive change is equally (or even more important) that the context informing that change (the why of change) or the content of change (the what of change).

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The Idea Map

The Idea Map

Ideas for generating even greater business value and social impact are absolutely everywhere. I am certainly interested in helping great ideas become a reality, but I am especially interested in new and novel ideas that generate transformational change. 

At my core I am interested in challenging the status-quo (in a good way) and making awesome things happen. I want us all to play a different game - certainly the world needs us to.

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Gaming Change: Four Enablers of Implementing Disruptive Change

Gaming Change: Four Enablers of Implementing Disruptive Change

I recently facilitated a one-day change readiness workshop for an organisation embarking on a significant organisational change initiative. In essence, the change initiative invited the organisation to shift is cultural mindset from one of ‘problem finding, solution identification‘ to ‘possibilities thinking, opportunity creation‘.

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Collaborative Conversations for Change

Collaborative Conversations for Change

The conversations a social system has about itself – who it is, what it has, and what it wants for itself into the future – will impact its current level of viability determine its future potential. Collaborative Conversations involve the intentional use of conversation as a core process for cultivating the collective intelligence of a social system in order to create business and social value.  

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How Can Your Organisation Also be a Community of Practice

How Can Your Organisation Also be a Community of Practice

Last month I was invited by a friend, Peter McDonald, to spend a day with him establishing a new Community of Practice (CofP) focused on Community Development. His organisation is Uniting Communities and it works with some of the more disadvantaged elements of society – youth homelessness, employment, disability services, etc. Uniting Communities is trying to simultaneously deliver essential services into the community and also enable the communities it works with to be stronger, more adaptive, and build resilience

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The wonder of World Cafe

The wonder of World Cafe

Over the weekend I had the privilege of attending one of the most engaging, inspiring and thought provoking events I have been involved in for some time. 

I also had the opportunity to do what I feel is truly my work for the world – break open new and deeper ways of thinking, feeling and connecting.

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