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Lead in Complexity
When my younger daughter was about 8 or 9, I remember watching her play with her friends in the park across the street. Her whole focus was on getting everyone involved in whatever game the group was playing, pointing out where they could get into the action, assigning roles, encouraging those who were more shy, and backing up those who were less confident.
Collaborate to Create Community
What can we say to future generations about the patterns of generativity, equity, and inclusion we seek today? How would we speak with them about who we are together? How will we help them understand the power of the work we recognize as we stand in the world at the end of 2018? Recently I received this powerful essay from one of our HSD Professional Associates. She wrote it to share with colleagues in an organization-wide equity and diversity event, and then was generous enough to share it with us. I asked permission and she has, again, graciously granted permission for me to share it here, in its entirety. With deep gratitude to her, I offer this for your reading. –Royce Holladay
Build Adaptive Capacity
"Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day." - E.B. White
Build Adaptive Capacity
Consider how political, social, and economic pressures shape patterns of collaboration in your world.
GovernmentCollaborate to Create Community
Cross-functional teams in Government are nothing new. Over my years working within Government, and as a contractor for Government, I’ve heard them called many things such as “Swat Teams," “Tiger Teams,” and “Special Project Units” just to name a few. Whatever you call your cross-functional team, they can bring both powerful synergy and destructive conflict to an organization. As you set up your cross-functional team, here are three simple things you can do to bolster its success.
I want to share some new thoughts on the Generative Engagement model. In collaboration with Jennifer Jones-Patulli, we have recently explored the use of this model in detail in two types of Adaptive Action Labs – one focused on dealing with conflict, and another focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. In both cases, we use Generative Engagement as a model and method to explore tensions that emerge when people interact. In this post, I will share content from the second adaptive action lab plus a timely application next week where your feedback is welcome!
Build Adaptive Capacity
What? Recently I worked with a group of organizational leaders who bring disparate groups together to collaborate on political and social issues. One of the challenges they face is helping their client groups define how they will make decisions together, ensuring adequate representation of their individual constituencies. Among this group, their largest question was about how they decide about engaging others and then make their intensions clear. In that conversation I shared four options for effective shared decision making.
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