Great to be back on my own blog, I have been blogging with the HUB and Lighthouse Now for the last month ... this blog is exciting for me, I am changing my model Collaborative Advantage based on learnings over the last year ... read on, read on!
Too much control and we kill innovation, too little order and everything falls apart. I have always been inspired by the question that comes from Dee Hock and the Chaordic Path:
"What is just enough order for us to organise meaningfully and effectively in inevitable chaos?"
The chaos is inevitable because I am working with humans, and what's more, humans that bring conflicting perspectives and experiences. There is no mechanistic predictability available! What will happen in the room or over the duration of the project is largely unknown ... I can prepare but planning is usually futile. In these situations, figuring out what is the minimal order for people to be able to organise and move forward meaningfully and productively is essential.
I have always thought of shared purpose as one of the essential ingredients for good work. I have quoted "purpose is the invisible leader" many times. However, in my work over the last 18 months, particularly with Tuesday Ryan Hart, I have come to question this assumption. Tuesday first gave me the language of "shared work " when we were discussing how reaching for shared purpose actually often ends up dividing the room rather than uniting it.
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