How To Spark Positive Transformation (Even When You're Not The Boss!)

One of the unfortunate ironies I regularly see is that people on the front lines often have the best ideas about what's not working in an organization; however, they also have the least power to do anything about it. I've been there, so I know how discouraging this can be.  

In this short video I detail why,  despite discouragement, front line workers DO have influence and how they can use that to help create constructive change. 

Use the Power of Interweaving to Successfully Introduce Change

Use the Power of Interweaving to Successfully Introduce Change
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 Most change efforts fail because organizational cultures have invisible "change antibodies" that keep old, ineffective ways intact. In this Daily Dispatch learn how the process of "interweaving" can help to overcome these "antibodies" to introduce new, more effective thinking that stays in place. 

Links referenced:

Mary Parker Follett on Wikipedia

"Creative Experience" Follett's treatise on interweaving. 
Essential reading for new management thinkers!
 

Why Vulnerability Is Our Greatest Opportunity

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With all the opportunities we now have to learn, connect, and lead there also comes the temptation to create a "plastic persona of perfection." Resisting that and sharing ourselves--warts and all--may be the greatest opportunity we'll ever get.

Links referenced: 

When Things Fall Apart: Tibetan Buddhist Nun and Teacher Pema Chödrön on Transformation Through Difficult Times

The dark side of the "hustle" mentality:

One Big Problem with the Hustle Mentality

Hustle Vs. FLOW

How Organizations Can Use the Power of Relationships to Navigate Uncertainty

I was quite excited to find the following the following resources to better understand how our brains influence how we respond to work-related uncertainty. Fascinating!

SCARF: A Brain-Based Model For Collaborating With and Influencing Others
by David Rock

A Hunger For Certainty
by David Rock

Here’s Your Brain’s New User Manual For Uncertain Times
by Judah Pollack and Olivia Fox Cabane

Why Trust Is Essential For Solving Unsolvable Problems

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."
~Albert Einstein

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Like many Americans (and I'm sure like many across the globe) over the past 48 hours I have been processing the horrific violence that just took place in Las Vegas.

Like many, my despair has been compounded by the awareness of how the issue of gun violence remains deeply polarizing. So much so, that the kind of creative problem-solving we need to address it remains out of reach.

In turn, this led me to think about the importance of leadership that understands the importance of trust and psychological safety. These are essential for fostering the kind of collaborative sensemaking we need to transcend the ideological divides that continue to put so many innocent lives in harms way.