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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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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Prioritising: 12 elements to prioritising wisely

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Leaders and managers often talk about prioritising. But there is one thing nearly all of our clients have in common at present. They are at the very limits of their resources – physically and some even emotionally as their people disengage. Perhaps you are like them, and need to genuinely engage with prioritising – not by ...

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Reductionist thinking – so easy to go down the rabbit hole!

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I spent yesterday with a couple of people thinking about our marketing communication. We started by identfying the different programs The Partnership offers. We then identified the messages and benefits for each program. Before I knew it, we were partcipating in an exercise of reductionism. We were thinking about each program as something separate from the others. And ...

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2015: a tipping point to nurture people, planet and profits?

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Tipping points and leverage points exist in complex systems – 2015 may be a tipping point and the leverage point may be your decision to shift to a mindset of nurturing people, planet and profits. 2015 has seen some monumental events that may be pointing to an expansion of global consciousness around the need for ...

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What if we all acted like our behavior impacted everyone else?

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That’s the message of “Planetary” a new documentary seeking to shift our perspectives and remind us that we’re all interconnected – one, not separate. Interconnectedness is at the heart of the emerging paradigm shift we incorporate into our work. Wholeness is at the heart of being sustainable. View the trailer by clicking through below – a ...

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Kotter’s latest HBR article “Accelerate”

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For those of you who follow change management, you will no doubt be familiar with John Kotter’s ‘eight steps to change management’. They are followed with an almost religious zeal by some. I have been a critic for several years as I understood more about complexity; the difference between technical and adaptive challenges; the neuroscience of ...

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“Coke goes green” announced Forbes: the paradigm shift required

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My inbox contained an email from Grist this morning – as it does many other mornings. And today, one of the feature articles concerning Coca-Cola struck me as such a clear example of why the complete paradigm shift to sustainability is necessary. Eco-efficiency and ‘trying to be green in most things’ just will not do! ...

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Systems Thinking: Reflections on the Pegasus 2010 conference

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(If you are wondering what systems thinking is, click here for an explanation.) Well, the conference is over, and I am trying to identify what I have learned and make some sense of it for myself. The conference format included some innovative ‘deep dives’ and ‘integration’ sessions – so this task of identifying learning should ...

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