Ever Been Part Of A Dis-Organisation?

July 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Even been part of a dis-organisation? It looks like this:

  • Divided – factions competing against one another.
  • Confused – you ask ten different people what’s going on, you get ten different answers.
  • Passive – nobody shows up.
  • Reactive – can’t make decisions, but as soon as someone else makes decisions that affect you, people run around like headless chickens trying to figure out what to do.
  • Inaction – there are resources, but nobody is doing anything meaningful with them.
  • Drifting – no sense of purpose.

When this happens – we are actively losing power. What if we could work in an organisation?

  • Community – strong social relationships throughout and across the team.
  • Shared understanding – common understanding of strategy.
  • Participation – people show up, take part and go on their own leadership journey.
  • Initiative – ideas come from all parts of the organisation, new practices are trialled, innovation happens on-the-ground.
  • Action – shit gets done.
  • Purpose – a clear direction and understanding of context.

To get from one to the other – we need leadership.

  • Building relationships – connect people, celebrate good times, establish norms.
  • Interpreting – educate, clarify, peer-to-peer learning, review often.
  • Motivating – tell stories, show examples of success.
  • Strategising – talk through theories of change.
  • Mobilising – do stuff. Get out of the meeting room and into the community.
  • Accepting responsibility – step forward together.

h/t Marshall Ganz.

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