Monthly Archives July 2016

Why We Need a Compass for Better Co-creation

Let us remember – better co-creation is about increasing the impact for sustainability by getting things done faster, coming to better decisions, saving money, and being more content as we achieve results jointly. Collective leadership for sustainability is the capacity of a group of actors to deliver their contribution to a joint purpose collaboratively, while putting high priority on the common good, and a balance between the needs of people, profit, and planet. The Collective Leadership Compass is a practice-oriented approach to leading complex change in multi-actor settings. It empowers leaders to navigate successful collaboration settings for sustainable development in an
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Empowerment

The COLLECTIVE LEADERSHIP COMPASS distinguishes three subcategories to FUTURE POSSIBILITIES. These are Future orientation, Empowerment and Decisiveness. This post will focus on Empowerment. It is not possible to create sustainability if we hold back our opinion, our expertise or our experience. Finding ways to empower ourselves is a prerequisite for empowering others. Therefore, once we have developed trust in our ability to make a difference, we need to claim the power to do so. At the same time, in order to create FUTURE POSSIBILITIES, we also need to pay attention to how we disempower ourselves. A habit of disempowerment –
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Future orientation

The COLLECTIVE LEADERSHIP COMPASS distinguishes three subcategories which together open up FUTURE POSSIBILITIES. These are Future orientation, Empowerment and Decisiveness. This post will focus on Future orientation. “Behind every great achievement is a dreamer of great dreams. Much more is required to bring it to reality; but the dream must be there first.” Robert Greenleaf Future Orientation turns our faces away from the past and towards the future. In this way we are prevented from habitually dwelling in the past and this in turn enables us to see new innovative solutions and approaches.   When we are able to shift our
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TUNING INTO THE FUTURE

Grace Lee Blogs reminds us that “We have the power within us to create the world anew” (p.78). She then adds that we “must have the courage to challenge ourselves to engage in activities that build a new and better world, by improving the physical, psychological, political and spiritual health of ourselves, our families, our communities, our cities, our world and our planet (p. 72).” “The Next American Revolution”, by Grace Lee Boggs. Let’s begin our journey with the COLLECTIVE LEADERSHIP COMPASS by looking at FUTURE POSSIBILITIES. No mater how structured the task of fulfilling the 17 Sustainable Development Goals might appear to
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10 Features of Successful Collaboration Initiatives

Collaboration for sustainability requires well-functioning groups of collective leaders. Such leaders can be labeled management teams, project teams, core groups, committees, partnership teams, task forces, working groups or a leaders network but what they all have in common is that they work together as a collective. How can we identify common features that make all these different groups successful, that enable them to “change the world” (even if it is only a portion of the world)? These are the ten features that I have observed in well functioning teams within collaboration initiatives: There was an urgent case for change and it
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