Archives for Collective Leadership practice examples

A pattern of human competences in interaction

Over my years of working in complex collaboration projects and institutional change management, I took notice of what shifted actors into a more collaborative space. Shifts tended to occur around personal competences. People brought these competences in or they developed them jointly with their collaborators. Although, nothing I noticed was radically new – what was new was the uniquely unfolding combinations of these competences, forming a constantly changing pattern of mutually supportive ingredients . And it was the aliveness of this  presence that made a difference. In a stuffy room in Salvador de Bahia all the ingredients were there. Each participant had a very valid reason for
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Taking Collaboration Seriously – where to start?

Let us examine a typical sustainability challenge: An agricultural commodity is produced in Africa – in a limited amount of countries. As is often the case, small-scale producing farmers are organized in cooperatives, but these cooperatives have competence gaps within their management.  Moreover, there are also discrepencies in the trading and production aspects of this commodity. Many traders bring the commodity to each national commodity board. In one country all commodities needed to be auctioned, in another country they could be auctioned or could be traded directly to the buyers. And at the level of individual farms, practices may not be
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From the Individual to the Collective – a Paradigm Shift

Leadership paradigms often refer to only individual leaders and the expansion their individual skills. The collective has been missing in leadership development thus far. However, the challenges faced in most sustainability projects require us to go beyond the individual – and build the capacity of groups and systems. To  move critical issues of common concern forward requires collective action, dialogue and collaboration. Moreover, most employee performance indicators do not measure the quality of collective human interaction. Yet, this is what counts most for results. We therefore need to shift from a self-centered consciousness to awareness of the larger whole. This capacity building will be the
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Calculating the Costs of Non Collaboration

The costs of non-collaboration – or lack of collective leadership –  is often hidden, but the following examples make clear a severe imbalance between costs and return. (Although I have changed details in order to maintain confidentiality – these examples are all based on real projects and people.) First example: A two-day multi-stakeholder meeting on combating Malaria is convened after being initiated by an international organization active in the field. About 120 people from governments, civil society and research institutions were invited, of which only 80 showed up. Ten gave a speech or a presentation on issues that most people already knew
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Making America Great Again!

Here are 6 humble suggestions to Donald Trump for a legendary presidential term: Life is great when one has just won the presidential elections and succeeded in becoming one of the most influential persons in the world. Life is less great when one has to shift one’s warrior strategy of winning against Hilary Clinton to a queen’s strategy of responsibly ruling a country as important as the United States (OK- let’s say sovereign strategy). One may need to integrate sufficient lover strategies to win over the 75% of the American population that did not vote for one and may need
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No EXIT -Life is a Quest

Life is a quest for meaning, purpose and wholeness. The universe, in its very essence is cooperative. Life is collaborative. It is complex, interdependent and constantly in the process of “self-making. And we, as human beings, carry the same cooperative capacity within us. If we understand the magic of successful and constructive human collaboration, could it become a key to co-creating a more sustainable future? Would it increase our capability to adapt, to learn, to find solutions to problems, to innovate and to be more effective? In business, in society, in the world? Join me as I explore this topic further
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No Exit – Collaboration Is Our Only Option

Can businesses drive societal change for the better through collaboration? There are numerous examples that this can be true. Just a few weeks ago, the local chapter of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development the Chilean organization ACCIÓN hosted a seminar with the title – Collaboration – no exit! Read more at the Huffington Post…
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For Better Or Worse: Will You Say YES To Collaboration?

Staying in the collaborative field The meeting room is much too small for the almost 45 people. It is hot, the tiled floor does not help much, and the ordinary plastic chairs are not particularly comfortable. Little wind is coming through the open door that leads to the street. The occasional car driving past worsens the acoustics in the room. Down the hill is the sea, the vast Atlantic Ocean of Salvador de Bahia in Brazil. However, its delightful invitation to a swim is ignored. Despite the almost unbearable heat, the group concentrates on a written document that is projected
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The Art of Leading Collectively – Foundation Course

The world is interconnected. Turning the challenges of complexity, interdependency and urgency into opportunities requires more than passion, intuition, or excellent plans. Solutions to sustainability challenges cannot be found in isolation. Therefore we need to shift the way we co-create. Collaboration is not only paramount, it is the only way to success. Collective Leadership is the art of leading complex change in multi actor settings. It empowers leaders to navigate collaboration successfully. The Collective Leadership Compass is a practice-oriented approach by attending to a pattern of interacting human competencies in the six dimensions: FUTURE POSSIBILITIES • ENGAGEMENT • INNOVATION •
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How collective leadership helps VW transform into a better company

Step 2: Seeing the bigger picture In my last blog I continued the imagined story around a big transformative shift at VW. Imagine a totally transformed VW in the year 2030 that looks back at the 2015 test manipulation crises with a smile, because it caused VW to become a pioneer in the future world of mobility. Let us see, how our avatar MM, the CEO of that imagined VW, takes the next steps on his path towards transformation as he decided to give the Collective Leadership Compass a try. In a situation where the chances for failure definitely outweighed the
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