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Margaret Wheatley on leadership and Warriors for the Human Spirit

... can wake people up at the individual level. And that's where all evolution occurs. And that requires dedication. It requires commitment, it requires community. And that's why I created Warriors for the Human Spirit as a training programme which requires real dedication and diligence and a strong community, ...more
...s community. And that's why I created Warriors for the Human Spirit as a training programme which requires real dedication and diligence and a strong community, because being a leader these days is quite terrible. Even if, I mean, what I've keep saying is, the leaders who knew what to do and had great result...more
...ese days is quite terrible. Even if, I mean, what I've keep saying is, the leaders who knew what to do and had great results with high participation, community engagement, self organised organisation, they knew what works - even they can no longer do this within the current mainstream of organisational life....more
...en. And I needed to learn how to get away from those emotional responses, but not act from them. And I think this is increasingly true in the warrior community. It's true for all of us. How do we deal with these levels of grief, rage, now, frustration. Like why don't people, why don't our leaders do what nee...more
...ng in the long trainings - very gentle practice, for really feeling that energy between mind, body and earth and sky. And then we have a very strong community, which is sustaining itself through self organised efforts - small groups of people, cohorts, occasionally, interacting in some way. And so that's th...more
...Lisa Gill: I wonder if you could share something about what you've learned about community and how to foster a sense of community, as you said that that was really important. What have you learned there. Margaret Wheatley: Critical. Well, y...more
...Lisa Gill: I wonder if you could share something about what you've learned about community and how to foster a sense of community, as you said that that was really important. What have you learned there. Margaret Wheatley: Critical. Well, you know, all of the dynamics at play ri...more
... really important. What have you learned there. Margaret Wheatley: Critical. Well, you know, all of the dynamics at play right now are destructive of community - fighting over fewer resources, working under such stress and distraction that you don't have time to cultivate relationships. How often do we just ...more
...ll documented now, in social media groups - or superficial relationships in which we don't really know what it means to be there for one another. So community has been at risk for quite a while through social media. And this false sense of connectedness. But the other dynamic here is identity politics. And ...more
...ement. It's just people are just at the attack. And social media allows that it facilitates it in ways no one comprehended at the start. So building community now requires a commitment to individually transcend their identities as the basis for coming into your relationship, and instead realise that we're i...more
...xamples. We actually need people who are already truly like minded, who share a common worldview. And we, and this I see so powerfully in the warrior community, people just get in touch with one another to console to laugh together, to problem solve together, to cry together. That's real community. But it's ...more
...he warrior community, people just get in touch with one another to console to laugh together, to problem solve together, to cry together. That's real community. But it's based not on who I am, but who we need to be for this time....more
...Lisa Gill: Yeah, I really like that, I think that community is increasingly important because it's kind of under attack. What sort of final words would you like to share on this podcast? We've covered so many ...more

Keith McCandless and Henri Lipmanowicz on acting your way into a new kind of organising with Liberating Structures

...of messy, open discussion. So at present, there are 33 Liberating Structures. And I know there are some others in development, and now there's a big community around Liberating Structures. But what prompted you to curate these microstructures in the first place? What was the calling for you to bring them in...more
..., and having people try things. And it's time for another book, Henri, it really is. The practitioners have outpaced us by a good measure, the global community of practitioners are continuing to simplify. And like, Lisa, you suggested, there's at least six, maybe eight really good new Liberating Structures, ...more
...you use the structure properly, you have to start with clarifying what it is that you're trying to do. What's the purpose? What's the purpose for the community? What are we trying to accomplish here? And that work very often is never done, when people work together. It's sort of assumed or it is something th...more
...k together. It's sort of assumed or it is something that is not specified or it is expressed in terms of you know, the purpose of some portion of the community, you know, or some individual that kind of thing it's - so that's that is a big thing, you know. Having done that you then have to say okay, now tha...more
...iberating Structures in education, because that's something that's also really interesting. But we've mentioned that you now have this growing global community of Liberating Structures practitioners and user groups, there's an app now... What do you hope will happen with Liberating Structures going forward i...more

Aaron Dignan on being complexity conscious and people positive

...Lisa Gill: I know you've heard me talk about this before (in the reading community and in various other places), but I have this interest in human skills and how we relate to each other and mindsets. How do all of these things need ...more
.... But we sort of, you know, navigated them. With this one, I think it's been a different set of challenges. Because the identity of the firm, and the community and the boundaries and all that stuff that gets formed over time, was fluid and was actually co-owned from a very early stage. What I've learned is t...more
...e rules are in place to protect and preserve the membership. If you don't have that stuff completely baked in - so if you don't have the rules of the community garden on the wall before you walk in - there can be too little structure, right? And so there's always this inhale exhale of how much structure? Wha...more
... right? And so there's always this inhale exhale of how much structure? What's the minimum viable structure, and intent and clarity and identity as a community that's needed for something to kind of hold and to be a real thing rather than just a collection of people doing work. So with The Ready, what I've ...more
...arning to what's next. And then look for what's next after that, and keep following the thread. And if you find that you and your team or you and the community is ready to do something big, do something big. But don't do it until the readiness is there, until the understanding is there. The other trick, whi...more

Miki Kashtan on the three shifts needed for self-managing organisations to thrive

...lcome. It's that people will read or see or hear, whatever the medium of the information sharing is, they find out what this group or organisation or community is about. And they will know I am not a fit. This community, this group, and I are not together. And no matter how well you define your criteria, the...more
...he medium of the information sharing is, they find out what this group or organisation or community is about. And they will know I am not a fit. This community, this group, and I are not together. And no matter how well you define your criteria, there will come moments when conflicts cannot be contained with...more
...ot together. And no matter how well you define your criteria, there will come moments when conflicts cannot be contained within the capacity that the community has. And where it is time to actually ask someone to leave. Those are incredibly, incredibly difficult times because of how wounded we are from child...more
...a group to expand itself to include something without cost to the whole that is beyond capacity. And there is no formula for this. Every group, every community, every organisation needs to grapple with it. The key is, it needs to grapple with it rather than imagine or pretend that because we're nice people a...more

Nand Kishore Chaudhary from Jaipur Rugs on love, collective consciousness and self-management

...pation. It is not a job. Leadership is a passion. And actually, it is a calling. In 1990 when I was about to move to Gujarat, to work with the tribal community, everybody in my community told me that tribals are not very welcoming to outsiders. If they don't like you, they can harm you badly. But one of my f...more
...adership is a passion. And actually, it is a calling. In 1990 when I was about to move to Gujarat, to work with the tribal community, everybody in my community told me that tribals are not very welcoming to outsiders. If they don't like you, they can harm you badly. But one of my friends suggested to me that...more
... to Jaipur Rugs to make it happen." So there are more and more and more people realising these things. And very soon we are in a position to create a community of these people. And then we will be able to bring the collective consciousness and they will run the business and they will keep alive this philosop...more

Bill Fischer and Simone Cicero on Haier and the entrepreneurial organisation

...em because they could get them fixed. So quality might not have been a great differentiator at that time in China. But there was a wonderful ‘fix it’ community that could change anything. And that was the beginning of Haier’s commitment to thinking further and bigger than the rest of the people in the indust...more
...her, you bid for that. And when you bid for this order at every level of the organisation — as an employee that wants to join a micro-enterprise or a community, you always need to commit yourself to delivering above average results. And you always need to commit yourself to tangible outputs. So, at the end o...more
...ediscovering that buying local is a good idea. For a lot of reasons, not just economic reasons, but you know, because it’s a good idea to support the community. And my sense is that the way in which Haier is structured and the ease with which three colleagues can come up with an idea and form a micro-enterp...more

Jorge Silva on horizontal structures and participatory culture at 10Pines

...is way of working that you've developed to other companies? Jorge Silva: Yeah. There are a lot of people interested in our way and we were creating a community here in South America and in Argentina. Some companies started to say, “Hey I want to do that, I want to do the same as you are. I'm interested in th...more
.... So, definitely, I think it's going to be the natural way of working. And in terms of Argentina and South America - yeah, we are trying to create a community here. I don't know if we have a lot of companies, but a lot of interesting people or people who are interested in these kinds of companies. And I thi...more
...here in South America and we need other companies and people to know that they exist, in order to inspire them. So this is one of the drivers for the community. And the second one is to generate content, or create content. Because when we created the company, we didn't get books or other materials to manage...more

Lisa Gill and Mark Eddleston celebrate 50 episodes of Leadermorphosis

...f these case studies and I just wanted more. My learning appetite sped up and that was yeah, my way into this world really. And now there's a growing community of people like yourself, and the more people I connect with more, the more I learn and more we build together what's, sort of, emerging....more
... starting to mature and develop. And so he just reached out to say: "Hey, just wanted to let you know we exist, we're doing this and I'm setting up a community in Latin America of similar companies so we can share learnings together". So examples like that really, are such a joy to stumble across that it's m...more

Margaret Heffernan on how to act our way out of the status quo trap

...stuff done fast. I don't know if we can or not, but I'm very determined to try. So I'm running a whole bunch of extraordinarily complicated kinds of community action projects - certainly emotionally very complicated for everybody involved in them. To see how can you work with communities so that they really...more

Pasteur Byabeza on transitioning to self-management at Davis College

...th others and ourselves. That's really important, and has really helped us a great deal. Another one is embracing growth mindset. We believe we are a community of lifelong learners - that's how we accept changes, we learn new things, new ways of doing things. See, that's evolution, we change. Human beings - ...more