Got a vision you want to achieve collaboratively? Inclusive leadership is incredibly rewarding, but it’s easy to get it wrong.
People often assume there’s a straight trade-off between efficiency (or speed) and inclusivity, because it takes more time to sift through ideas, prioritise, agree actions and decide how to see them through. BUT y work out fine. We all get ourselves tangled up in problem solving from time to time, but the potential for getting truly tied up in knots goes up dramatically when more than a few people are involved.
When things get more complex, they tend to get a LOT more complicated very fast. Each team member will have their own thinking preferences, and organisational culture/leadersip style will also the number of factors you’re trying to take into account – the culture layers of
it’s also the variety of thinking preferences and in every team. Things get messy, stuck or even break down completely unless there are great communication practices in place.
The key to navigating complexity start to get it’s vital to tune into the balances at work. Simplify a problem too far and you have clarity, but it’s not very real. Factor in everything you can think of, and it’s likely to be impossibly messy. Feels like a Catch 22.
That’s where we can help. As well-informed facilitators, we know a lot about the way people and organisations work and learn. We take great pleasure in helping groups find clarity & ease in working together to solve complex problems so it becomes an exhilarating experience.
If you need to find that sweet spot, send your challenge to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07836 706978 – we’ll offer some initial thoughts and a quote for free.
I’ve just re-published a piece on Happiness in 3D (originally posted in Jan ’14) via my Linkedin page here. It gives a sense of the journey that leads to The Art of Cosmic Thinking
“Why should we only ‘rest in peace’? We should try to live in peace too” – anon
The next event in the Power to Peer series is being held in Bournemouth with the Association of Sustainability Practitioners. We’ll be looking into collaboration for purpose led change. You can reserve a ticket on eventbrite here
On July 22nd 2016, we put on the UK’s second ‘Art of Cosmic Thinking’ event, building on feedback from the debut in Manchester back in May. The word cosmic comes from the word cosmos, meaning ‘the universe as a complex and orderly system’ and the talk explored how to hold the tension between keeping things simple and keeping things real.
Having stimulated minds with this introduction, we created an Open Space for everyone there to explore their own ideas. Click here to see what went on.
Life can seem very random when intuition and creativity play big parts in what we do. Mike Zeidler explains how to spot the patterns which make inner purpose and overall direction clearer on Friday 22nd July at 4pm in Redbrick House, Bristol. It’s a free event – Click here for full details and tickets.
When things go wrong and people are angry, the natural tendency is to look for someone or something to blame. We hold a public inquiry to make sure we know who’s fault it was, why it went wrong, and to make sure it never happens again.
The anger is stoked into a blaze of blame which gets so hot we step back from our own responsibilities. Instead of looking at ourselves, we glare at the unfortunates tied to the stake while opportunities for useful learning get incinerated.
Right now, there’s a scorched clearing where political leadership used to be. We’re all desperately keen to see hope rise from the ashes and need to see something new. Our own public inquiry distilled into two questions – who now? and what could be different? To see what we found, read the full article here.
The EU Referendum COULD have been a fascinating, engaging, participative and educational debate about the relationships of people across Europe. So far, the political debate has been a two dimensional, shallow and emotive competition between two different kinds of fear.
So how can we choose if we’re feeling under informed, overwhelmed by complexity or simply angry at the poverty of leadership? I think it’s a question of personal and collective courage. Read the full account here.
Inspired by a great TED talk called ‘Inside the mind of a master procrastinator‘ by Tim Urban, I’ve drafted a TED talk of my own. With the working title ‘The Art of Cosmic Thinking’, my talk uses sort-of-art to explore super-connective networking and order in chaos.
The first dress rehearsal will be at Revolution in Fallowfield, Manchester on Sunday 15th May. Please arrive at 5.45pm for a 6pm start.
Once the votes are all in around the country today, we should take stock of what brought us here. The electorate has the power to demand (and create) a more constructive and engaging form of politics if we choose. The leadership challenge is one for all of us to reflect on. See the full article here.
Whether you’re looking for new direction, starting a venture, scaling up, or dealing with big challenges, our 1:1 sessions will help you to flourish. We support entrepreneurs, executives, activists, inventors, consultants, policy makers and more. Within 1-3 sessions, you’ll have what you need.
- Expose strengths and talents you didn’t know you had
- Sharpen your purpose, vision, priorities and actions
- Build on what works and find energy to plug the gaps (creative or practical)
- Get instantly connected to the most useful and relevant contacts
- Leave with motivation, new skills, confidence and clarity
We offer a free assessment of your personal and specific needs. Find out how we can help by booking your 20 minute diagnosis now. E: email@example.com, 07836 706978
Glow Consulting wrote “It was an absolute pleasure to work with you, and you did exactly what I thought you would – swoop in and do what needed doing. Really, the work you did yesterday was exemplary and we simply couldn’t have done it without you both” of our help in facilitating a visioning workshop for 200 people about the Temple Quay Enterprise Zone.
Bristol Foundation Housing aimed to create a 3 year business plan in a half day visioning session, and their feedback was “I’d be grateful if you could e-mail me your invoice please to ensure swift payment as a VERY happy customer. Again, thanks for making the day so enjoyable”
We’re passionate about Open Space, the most practical and engaging way of facilitating purpose driven leadership. We especially love creating opportunities for groups of smart, energetic, passionate people who want to ‘make a difference’ to come together and help each other on their way.
The Open Space process can bring clarity and advancement to any issue – as long as it’s a real business issue that people care about. Here are some examples of themes we’ve explored before:
‘Doing Good & Doing Well – how can we help each other rise to the challenge?’
‘Heads Vs Hearts – how can I find the balance?’
‘Attracting Support – how can we encourage others to walk with us?’
Our flagship Open Space event is WalkYourTalk where our intention for the next event is ‘Collaboration and Big System change – how do we draw sufficient strength to pull the biggest levers?’
What would you like to explore? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions
I owe a personal debt of great gratitude to Harrison Owen and all those who followed him in developing, refining and perfecting the Open Space process. It has transformed my ability to support transformations in others.