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Communities of practice
This week I’d like to share a resource that a client shared with me… (Thank you, Lee!) Community of Practice Design Guide The link above takes you to a practical and simple guide developed by Darren Cambridge, Soren Kaplan, and Vicki Suter (2005). It explains what a Community of Practice (CoP) is and offers practical...
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[9-minute read] This post starts out by talking about me, then moves onto talking about you… I’m saying this upfront, just so you know there might be some actual value in reading on to the end – it’s not all wittering about my packed schedule and how it got that way! Also, this piece focuses on a...
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A neglected question in process design [2-minute view + 3-minute read]   Aside from being a cute video, this is also a challenging one. It suggests that we should be looking for ways in which the changes we’re trying to make could be fun. Thinking about how they might appeal to the people’s desire for...
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Change: a core leadership competency [4-minute read] Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about leaders and leadership. Sometimes, with feelings of fondness and admiration; often, with a certain wistful frustration. Of course, leadership is central to any change or organisation development (OD) effort: if the leaders (formal and informal) don’t really want change, it’s almost...
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[8-minute read] Debriefing, learning and accountability processes Why bother? Change is a constant. When we cease adapting to change we lose contact with reality – our strategy gathers cobwebs, our people go to sleep, we lose relevance. The only way to stay connected and working at our edge – and with excellence – is to...
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3 first steps for avoiding crisis [7-minute read] Recently, the theme of leadership succession has been pretty ubiquitous. It keeps cropping up in conversations with clients in the NGO sector, in colleagues’ work, even with friends. Why now? On one level, this is a very worrying sign – it undoubtedly means I’m getting old. On a less...
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Good morning! This is not a standard blog post – instead of sharing something, I’d like to ask what you’d find valuable in future posts and what you might want to share with your networks on social media or elsewhere. So far – in this blog about organisations, OD, change, and leadership – I’ve shared articles...
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[5-minute read] Follow the questions – they will lead you into the future. For most people, facts and certainties are more comfortable than questions. We want answers, clear direction, a way through the tangled jungle of our lives, and the grey areas of our organisations. But certainties don’t take us to new places. Questions do....
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[4-minute read] Recently, I worked with a new client that was older than most — approaching its centenary. Its leaders, managers, staff and other stakeholders wanted to figure out how to remain relevant and cutting edge for another hundred years.  This post shares one of the steps we took together en route to figuring out their...
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[4-minute read] Often organisations spend a lot of time talking about strategy… Developing strategic plans… Trying to engender a culture of strategic thinking… Building ownership of the strategy amongst staff. And so on. This makes complete sense: good strategy is critical for success. It’s our road-map into the future, towards our goals and aspirations.  And,...
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About these resources

These articles are for people who work with and in organisations of any kind – as leaders, managers, formal or informal change agents. If you are trying to work more consciously and effectively with change in your organisation, I hope you’ll find some ideas here that make your work (and your life) a bit easier, and your organisation a more effective, creative and positive place to be.

If you would like to engage around these ideas, ask a question or discuss the possibility of working together, please drop me a line.

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