Different kinds of batteries charge in different ways. (Or so I’m told…please don’t ask me to explain this much further…!)
Our cell phone batteries gradually deplete over time. Plug in the charger for a few minutes and you gain a bit more battery life. Overnight, and you’re good for the next day.
In gasoline-powered cars, the battery recharges while we’re driving. Continue reading “Sustainable Recharge”
One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.
~Martin Luther King Jr. Continue reading “Learning Not Returning”
I have listened to fewer podcasts than usual in recent months, as I used to turn them on in the car. I rarely drive anywhere anymore. But today, I drove down from our cottage on my own and savoured the two hours of solitude and what felt like a rich conversation with two people I admire, Brene Brown and Priya Parker. Continue reading “What do we need now?”
“Just tell us what to do.”
I am usually a fan of co-created decisions and strategies. But these days, I’m not so sure. I’ve already told you I’m a collaborative strategist who doesn’t enjoy group work. Now I’m becoming a collaborative strategist who’s advocating a less collaborative approach to strategy making. What is going on here?! Continue reading “The Gift of Less Collaboration”
One of the techniques I often use when helping a group make a big decision together is to identify how to make the decision before actually making it. Identifying decision-making criteria and processes slows the pace (in a good way!), lowers the temperature, and helps people make their thinking explicit to one another.
But then they need to follow the process they’ve set. Continue reading “Follow Your Process”