Connecting people and organizations to their potential
Imagine the power of being able to tap into the potential that exists within your team, organization or community and act upon it. Just think of how much can be accomplished and what creativity lies within us individually and collectively when we tune into our skills, our wisdom, our knowledge, our vision.
To make that happen you need to do more than know that it is possible, or to know what you would like to acheive. At the heart of fulfilling your potential is developing the lived behaviors, structures, attitudes and practices - the conduct - that will ensure that your collective potential will be realized.
For more than 25 years I have worked as a Consultant, Facilitator, Trainer and Mentor guiding people as they unearth and learn to use their inherent potential as individuals and collectively. I provide people with opportunities to come together and use this collective wisdom and power in the service of their common goals so that their organizations can operate in harmony with their environments. I call it developing the necessary conduct to thrive in constant change.
Working with me means that together you we will find the way to enable you and your organization to develop the right pathways and conduct in order for you to thrive within an ever changing landscape.
I will help you to:
- Re-connect with your team's/organization's collective purpose by strengthening it's foundations so that you stay healthy and resilient and able to face and navigate constant change
- Develop a culture of leadership in your organization that deepens the sense of ownership, responsibilty and accountability where each person is able take the responsibility for his/her work so that your organization/team is able to react quickly to changes and challenges in your environment
- Learn how to discover and work with your team/organization's nature, it's innate strengths and needs, so that you can make maximum use of the potential within your collective experience
- Carve out a space for thinking, feeling, and developing deeper understanding about your team/organization and its environment so that you can collectively and individually enhance your decisions and action
- Create processes that enable your team/oragnization to become highly effective, healthy, resilient, active networks
Collective wisdom is all around us when we create the conditions for it to show up.
Thinking the same is not a pre-requisite for being able to find alignment on approaching challenges and tackling difficult issues. Open Space Technology is a method that enables you to allow difference to create transcendent knowledge and great solutions.
“Thank you for helping to remind me that the people I work with are human beings.”When you do you can resolve an ongoing conflict by recognizing the full humanity of each person.
Years ago I moved to the Netherlands to work in a Dutch professional University. I was surprised that many students had real difficulty with even the basics of writing academic papers. In talking to my colleagues, I found out that were very frustrated about this. Their explanation for it was that it the students weren’t intellectually curious.
Being new, I asked what sorts of support they had for learning academic writing at the school. Did teachers offer guidelines to help students understand what they wanted? Did they give them any kinds of explicit help? It turned out that the answer to these questions was consistently no.
Have you ever noticed that when when you’re not feeling well nothing goes right? Maybe it’s physical, a flu or dealing with the flair up of a chronic condition. Maybe it’s emotional, you had a disagreement with a friend and it is wearing on you. In these moments almost everything is just one thing too much? Even needing to make an extra phone call or taking an extra trip to the store can be complicated.
When you feel healthy and happy these same ‘problems’ can even be fun challenges, not to mention how much better able you are to deal with the big stuff that comes your way. Let’s face it, when you are healthy, in body, mind, spirit and emotions, life is easier and you’re better able to deal with whatever life brings you. Given this knowledge it only makes sense that we invest our time and energy in our own health.
So what would happen if we applied this same idea to organisations?
In 2009 I was at a Summer Leadership Intensive from the Genuine Contact™ Program. The facilitator, Birgitt Williams, invited the group to reflect on this question: “How much structure do you (personally) need in order to feel free?” I have carried this question with me ever since. It informs my work facilitating emergent, participative and co-creative organisational development.
At that time, we were staying at conference centre near a lake deep in the German countryside. Along with the human participants, many animals seemed to also be “participating” in the learning. This particular day, Birgitt had seen a slug on the path. She mentioned that when se saw it — totally unprotected, it’s soft flesh fully exposed — making its way across to the grass she wondered if that sort of open structure would be comfortable enough for her to go out and explore the world. Would she feel free or would it paralyse her.
All around there is a powerful message that we need to change — change our consumer habits, change the way we work, change how we eat, how we organize, CHANGE. Combined with this CHANGE is that we need to do so NOW. There is a powerful credo that change and innovation is key to our organisations, our lives, our planet.
As a consultant and facilitator working with social innovation and dedicating my life to transformation, I can’t say that I disagree with this desire to see organizations, people, and our earth be healthy and balanced. I also long for a more peaceful, sustainable world operating in harmony both among people and with the rest of nature. It’s not only the way I earn my living, it’s something that arises from a deep sense of passion within me.
And yet….bombarded with all of these messages every day, I notice that something disturbs me. Increasingly I feel the shrill tone that whispers of desperation and judgement, that we are somehow ourselves insufficient, that we are not enough.