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Personal heroes and commitment in India

Mar 5 12

Personal heroes and commitment in India

Last week I facilitated a workshop with operational managers on personal leadership. At the start, I asked everyone about their favourite hero and shared with them that Whoopi Goldberg is mine. Not because of her acting but because of her personality. Down to earth, optimistic,...

Shifting perspectives: from Organisations to ‘Organisings’

Jan 18 12

By: Andres Roberts | Category: Inspiration
Shifting perspectives: from Organisations to ‘Organisings’

To be a true learning company, it is a risk to hold the perspective of being an organisation. Because an organisation might be seen as static – a single unmoving way of being. To perceive yourself as an organisation suggests you may perceive fixed boundaries and rules. From here it becomes easier to build or hold barriers within and around you, restricting what you are and how you operate and how you move with the world. This is risky in a world that calls for creative, nimble and adaptive ways of working. We suggest that to be a true learning organisation, capable of swifter adaptation and movement, it is helpful to explore the perspective of being an organising. Organising is a term we are framing to provoke this way of being – always fluid, moving, learning, adapting. It illustrates the distinction between perspectives of static states and fluidity. And it is a verb: showing that it is work in progress.

The behavioural aspects of Learning from Incidents

Nov 29 11

The behavioural aspects of Learning from Incidents

Safety is of prime importance for all industrial organisations. A lot of effort is put into raising safety awareness amongst employees. Often the focus is on procedures. They are put in place with the objective to reduce the execution risk of activities. Over...

The World Appreciative Inquiry Conference 2012

Sep 22 11

The World Appreciative Inquiry Conference 2012

The World Appreciative Inquiry Conference is held every three years. The last decade, the conference was hosted three times in the US and lately in Kathmandu, Nepal (2009). In April 2012, it will be organized in Europe for the first time in history. The charming...

Can learning networks move us to a greener sustainable future?

Jul 21 11

Can learning networks move us to a greener sustainable future?

The global challenge of climate change calls for innovation in the way we live, the way we do business and in the way we solve tough challenges both environmentally and socially.

In the last few months there has been a growing awareness of this in a number of sectors, with more conversations on how we engage with each other to create an environment where ideas can become innovation. One of these, forms part of the South African government’s...

Design Thinking at Kessels & Smit

Jul 12 11

Design Thinking at Kessels & Smit

Design Thinking is a culture and an approach that supports you in trying out new services, processes and products. People from Kessels & Smit met up with Elias Barrasch from Invented Here to talk about and experiment with design thinking.

Creative Perspectives on Knowledge Management

Jun 19 11

By: Andres Roberts | Category: Inspiration
Creative Perspectives on Knowledge Management

In March 2011, I had the pleasure of being invited by Nancy Dixon in Washington DC - joining two other Knowledge Management stars Nick Milton and Karl Wiig – on a ‘Deep Dive’ to support international health organisations in Knowledge Management. It was a fantastic workshop with great learning and connections made. Here I sum up some of the ideas I shared (you can also download the pdf file here). On the importance of story, play, imagination and visioning.

Leadership is about conversations that matter

May 13 11

Leadership is about conversations that matter

In March, I attended a three-day meeting on ‘participatory leadership’ and ‘conversations that matter’, organised by The Art of Hosting. With a group of students, consultants, social entrepreneurs and teachers we explored how, in times of change, the collective intelligence of a group of people...