Do you want to do the work of the future, or the past?

The work of the future is: · to create value for people (as they experience in their lives) · by shaping complex systems (working across organisations, perspectives, geographies, cultures) · and to capture enough of that value to continue Doing this work will be more effective with an ethical perspective including #sustainability, and with #equalityanddiversity … Continue reading Do you want to do the work of the future, or the past?

What are you working hard to achieve in life, where the ‘working hard’ is self-defeating?

Life is very simple; you are born and eventually you die, and in between, you have experiences. Bhaskar Goswami says that the quality of your life is the quality of experiences. There are people who live in mansions with physical and mental anguish, and people who have nothing — except joy and comfort. We are lucky enough … Continue reading What are you working hard to achieve in life, where the ‘working hard’ is self-defeating?

Are we here to fight alligators, or drain the swamp?

If we find the real work, we’ll find the joy... If you start from understanding the demand presented to (public) services – the actual demands that people present, their requests for service – you can get to a more fulfilling and empowering conception of public services in a very logical way. LEVEL ZERO Most service … Continue reading Are we here to fight alligators, or drain the swamp?

Context cues and the limits of possibility

Someone I know asked directions in Dublin. Receiving them, he followed up ‘can I walk there?’ ‘To be sure I suppose you could walk anywhere’ The way we understand the context of our actions shapes our possibilities. Once you know about context cues, you will start seeing them everywhere. And there are big implications. A … Continue reading Context cues and the limits of possibility

What gives you the foundations that enable change?

Here’s my philosophy, a summary of my recent talk at Conscious Organisation. A gorilla dies of old age at a zoo right before the zoo opens. It is the only gorilla at the zoo since they are not very profitable.However, the gorilla is their most popular attraction by far, and they can't afford to go … Continue reading What gives you the foundations that enable change?

The traffic lights will kill us all one day – unless the watermelons get us first

The account of a former US Marine, Lucas Kunce, who served twice in Afghanistan and in Iraq, as narrated to The Kansas City Star: “I led a team of Marines training Iraqi security forces to defend their country. When I arrived I received a “stoplight” chart on their supposed capabilities in dozens of missions and … Continue reading The traffic lights will kill us all one day – unless the watermelons get us first

How do you show respect and collect learning when involved in organisational change?

This is a small workshop exercise I call 'the timeline of respect'.(It can be done online as well). We ask everyone to line up in order of the number of years of relevant experience - making the point that the old hands have seen a lot and have a lot of expertise, and the newer … Continue reading How do you show respect and collect learning when involved in organisational change?