Embedding Sustainability into Organisational DNA: A story of complexity

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My doctoral thesis research into “Embedding Sustainability into Organisational DNA: A story of complexity” is complete! I’m so delighted that after eight years, it has been signed off and my qualification will be conferred in January 2018. Much of our work at The Partnership is a reflection of this research. So what’s in it? Below ...

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Your Organisational Identity: More Than Your Logo

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Organisational identity is important because it’s your corporate DNA. Being able to influence your DNA and connect everyone to it, gives you the ability to evolve a more adaptable organisation – one that is more likely to survive in the longer term. All living systems (and your organisation can be viewed as such) organise and ...

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How to Influence Organisational Identity

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I have previously written about what comprises your organisational identity and why it’s essential that you focus your leadership attention upon it. Your organisational identity, or who you are as an organisation, comprises: 1. Your organisational vision or purpose; and 2. Your shared values. What your organisation stands for. The shared values that have stood ...

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Cultural transformation: How can we help you win?

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Many people ask me how it is that The Partnership’s cultural transformation (or evolution as I prefer to call it) programs deliver results when so many appear to fail. I’ve found the answer to this question difficult to write down in one place outside a specific proposal for a specific client because our work is ...

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Success or failure is never alone

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It is tempting, isn’t it, to think of ourselves as singular individuals with our own fears, concerns, aspirations and resources. We are taught in our society that we each need to be independent and stand on our own two feet. But increasingly in my work and life, I am recognising how interdependent we all are ...

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To prosper we need to recognise that we only have one planet

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Did you know that if everyone on Earth lived the lifestyle Australian’s live, that we would need approximately 4 Earths to survive? And that number is getting larger each year – not smaller. It is, how can I say it… unsustainable! A great video from TEDX where Terry A’Hearn identifies three ways you can exercise ...

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Remembering Sir John Whitmore

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I feel so sad this evening to hear of the passing of Sir John Whitmore, one of the grandfathers of coaching as a profession or way of being with people. I first met John in 2003 after inviting him to be a part of ICFA’s 2nd regional coaching conference in Sydney. He later told me ...

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Trust is destroyed by heirarchy

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At the heart of my work is the idea of liberating the best effort that each individual has to offer in service to your organisation and more broadly. This liberation requires the capacity of people managers to create a human environment in which every person is fully engaged in what they are doing. Creating that ...

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Need to create more engaging, lean-in meetings?

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During January, I became an accredited facilitator of the Lego® Serious Play® methodology. Why did I travel all the way to Singapore to do this? Because I wanted to learn from the guy who originally developed the methodology for Lego®, in collaboration with organisational theorists Johan Roos and Bart Victor (both proponents of complexity theory). The extra effort was ...

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Self leadership: the source of all leadership

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“Self leadership is the ability of someone to guide themselves to positive places that they have never been before. It enables a person to fulfil their potential while building a strong foundation from which to make daily decisions – both professionally and personally.” Self leadership is greatly underestimated. Usually, when leadership is discussed, it’s about ...

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