Collaboration across boundaries: If not us, then who? If not now, then when?

Meet April 11-14 with leaders from around the globe exploring the micro inner work, macro outer systems, meso organizational performance, and how the agreements we make at these levels influence the experience we have and the impacts we achieve.  Collaboration is serious work.  Co-hosted by Intergen and the Money&Business Partnership, this 4-day event (11-14 April 2021) guides your deep dive into this serious work. Work that is yours to do. Register for this gathering, the 7th Money & Business Partnership Congress by clicking here.

On day 4, I will share with the group what we are learning about deep collaboration in very-high-performing groups as they generate ecologies of sacred hospitality, achieving massive impacts through regenerative organizing forms.  Please join us, and invite your colleagues as well.  This is your big Yes!

Gratitude to Awesome Cohosts — My EGADE MBA Strategy Class F2020

I was very fortunate to be able to invite some amazing leaders to visit with my “Strategy in Organizations” class in the EGADE Business School del Tecnológico de Monterrey program this past Fall 2020.

Purpose — Grateful to Jay Harris for speaking about his experience in leading with the power of purpose.

Leadership Ethics — Really enjoyed having Matt Lee of the Harvard Human Flourishing Program share his work on Ethics and Values.

Strategic ContextCarolyn McCarthy shared her experience in co-hosting the strategic systems-change process. How to determine the boundaries and content of your STRATEGIC CONTEXT, with systemic strategy. Carolyn shared her experience with Open Opportunity Massachusetts (https://lnkd.in/dXT2J2d), using strategic systems mapping and collaborative processes to identify the dynamics and stakeholders defining the “strategic context” of K-12 education for all children in the state of Massachusetts (USA).

Strategic Resources — Grateful to Luz Maria Puente for sharing her work in bringing systemic strategic clarity [https://lnkd.in/d4kRBcM] to an organization’s understanding and implementation. What are my company’s MOST STRATEGIC resources? How do we scale them and leverage their impact, while regenerating the resources we need to sustain this?

Strategic Leverage — I thank Annabel Membrillo for sharing her experience in getting a large group of stakeholders to identify strategic systemic leverage interventions and then implement them. LEVERAGE, the ability to get far more from the system than we put into it–much greater effectiveness and efficiency with the same inputs. Strategic systemic leverage is critical to move the dial on seemingly intractable, complex issues like education, health, housing, and energy [https://lnkd.in/ddmwEGe].

My Own Leadership. I thank Hernando Aguilera for sharing his experience in guiding leaders through this inquiry of “Designing Your Life”. Who is DESIGNING MY LIFE? I would like to think I am. When we look at the underlying agreements that determine what I do, who I interact with, and how I interact, we discover a high percentage of agreements I have unconsciously accepted [https://lnkd.in/daQpyTp]. This means that someone or something else is designing my life, at home and at work. I can change this, designing my own life, at home and work.

Shifting Organizational Agreements — With deep gratitude to Ana Cláudia Gonçalves for sharing her experience, in leading large organizations through shifts in their outcomes and experiences by experimentally evolving their deeper agreements about who they are, what they do, and how they do it [https://lnkd.in/dgpKX28]. We want different OUTCOMES and different EXPERIENCES. We are not living up to what we know we are capable of being and doing. How do we change this?The class was also deeply inspired by her example of a young person successfully taking up leadership of a large organization and proving far greater results with innovative, more equitable practices

Implementing Strategy — I am grateful to Fred Krawchuk for sharing well-tested practices for rigor-testing strategy implementation. Robust agreements–agreements that work when the situation is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA), our new everyday reality.

Strategic Information — Lots of gratitude to Michael Puleo for sharing what he observes as the state of the art in strategic information systems. Did it work? We had a STRATEGY–we saw a future state, we saw a way to it, we tried it. Did we get the FEEDBACK about whether it worked? What information do we need, to know if what we saw worked? How do we adjust what we see and what we do based on what we learned? What strategic measures help me see the effects of my strategy on my impact and on my resilience?

Leading in Wicked Problems — Deep thanks to Edward Brooks for sharing his insights on the fundamental shifts required in how leaders take up 21st-century “wicked problems” through human-focused organization. What is required to LEAD today?  What they taught my parents about leadership in business school was similar to what they taught me, a generation later–direct, divide, manage, and conquer through well-structured controls. Many schools still teach these same leadership principles, another generation later. The “wicked problems” leadership faces today are completely different than the “tame problems” faced by earlier generations. How does one lead when it is not even clear what the problem is, and it is not clear when the problem has been solved? These characteristics require human-focused, deeply collaborative leadership.

Values in Leadership — Grateful to Prof. Elliott Kruse for sharing the latest in research on the impact of values in leadership

Collaborative Leadership — Deep gratitude to Jared Duval for sharing his experience in leading the Energy Action Network in Vermont. Leading a set of very diverse groups of people, from different industries and different social-political-economic perspectives, coming together to address wickedly complex problems sounds impossible, or at least really hard, doesn’t it? It is, until it is not. It depends on (1) what you understand your leadership role to be and (2) how you choose to organize. with my “Strategy in Organizations” class in the EGADE Business School del Tecnológico de Monterrey MBA program.

Leader: Know, Love, and Inspire Your People — Recommended Reading

Taking my own leadership to the next level, to where it HAS TO BE for the work that it is mine to do. Hard questions of what I need to take on.   I just finished reading the book “Leader: Know, Love, and Inspire Your People” by Katy Granville-Chapman and Emmie Bidston, walking me through simple exercises with lots of cases of how other leaders use these practices and how these practices affected their engagement and outcomes. Thank you!

#leadershipdevelopment #oxfordcharacterproject

The State of Art of Collaborative Networks: Recommended Readings

With almost 2 decades of experience in funding and deeply engaging in collaborative networks for systems change, our colleagues are sharing their observations.

Our colleague Jennie Curtis at the Garfield Foundation shares her insights from 16 years of leading foundation support for #collaborativenetworks of #systemschangeDigging Out of Philanthropy’s Entrenched Practices

Institute for Strategic Clarity CHOICE Fellow Ruth Rominger, who serves as the Collaborative Networks Program Director with the Garfield Foundation, reflects on why Garfield invests in the development and evolution of #systemsinformed #collaborativenetworksHow Living into our Questions Led us to Fund Networks

Saying YES! with Christian Ray Flores — Podcast Interview

Yes! Saying Yes!, a Big YES! to your life, to your work, to your contribution to a future you care about, makes all the difference. I am grateful to Christian Ray Flores and his team at Third Drive for hosting me on their podcast in this fun exploration of why saying Yes! to human creativity drives success, what we are learning in 100s of groups and in our research.

The Public K-12 Education System We Choose

An awesome, state-wide, systemic approach to strategically shifting public K-12 education towards truly equity-based flourishing as regenerative communities

#strategic-systems-change #ooma

Economics for Life: Recommended Reading

Sandra Waddock proposes a set of 6 core precepts that could greatly help us address the many huge challenges humanity faces, when we integrate them into our economic framing of human agreements — A New Economic Orthodoxy Economics for Life

#StewardshipoftheWhole #CocreatingCollectiveValue #GovernancethroughCosmopolitanLocalism #RegenerationReciprocityandCircularity #RelationshipandConnectedness #EquitableMarketsandTrade #economicsforlife #economicorthodoxy #agreements

What Are We? Recommended Podcast

Even in the most difficult of contexts, humans are full of potential, which we can choose to engage — this podcast, The 100 Types of Humans, with barrister Dexter Dias QC and broadcaster Nihal Arthanayake explores the depths of what is real now and what can also be real now, in very difficult situations — it is a choice.

You Actually Experience the “Vibrancy” of Things–What Recent Mainstream Science Shows

You can tell if you are enjoying an experience.  If you are in the flow.  People the world over, in many different languages, describe this knowing as the vibe, the vibrancy, the energy of the experience or the group.

While people in 1,000s of groups my colleagues and I have worked with, in 125 countries across the globe, describe their experience with similar terms, many “serious” people suggest that this experiential description is subjective and new agey.   Rigorous science that is accepted in the mainstream does not talk like this.  Until now.

A recent study published in Science Advances (Shao, Hayward, and Visell, 2020) from the Centre for the Study of the Senses and UCSB finds that the human sense of touch is far more than the specific spot of the touch.  As Prof Visell, one of the coauthors, describes to the Science podcast host Sarah Crespi,”Our sense of touch, which we also call the haptic system, comprises our skin, muscles, brain and nervous system that allow us to touch and interact with the world via our sense of touch. An important part of that is the skin itself, and it’s not just properties for sensing, but also the mechanical elasticity and transmission of vibrations as waves throughout the skin, including kind of our whole hands.”  We literally are wired to process the vibrancy we experience through our senses.

Leading business-school professors talk this way now.  London Business School professor of management practice Lynda Gratton describes “hot spots” and “glow.”  “You always know when you are in a Hot Spot. You feel energised and vibrantly alive. Your brain is buzzing with ideas, and the people around you share your joy and excitement. The energy is palpable, bright, shining.”  The Harvard Business Review published Fully Charged: How Great Leaders Boost Their Organization’s Energy and Ignite High Performance (Bruch and Vogel, 2011), describing how, “Most leaders have experienced the ebb and flow of different states of energy in their own organizations (p 1).”

To assess your experience of the vibrancy of a group or a relationship, the Institute for Strategic Clarity developed the Agreements Health Check survey.  It is a free, online survey you can take periodically to check the health of the agreements in that group, the vibrancy you experience when with the group.

Saturday, April 11–Public Online Exploration with Me–From Scarcity to Abundance: Rethinking Money and Other Human Agreements

You are invited, to join me and the global ServiceSpace community, for 2 hours exploring abundance-based agreements.

This coming Saturday, April 11, starting at 9am PT/12pm ET/5pm GMT/6pm CET, I will share our work in Vibrancy and the Institute for Strategic Clarity.

You can sign up to join the call here.

I look forward to seeing you there.