Archives for Living the six capacities of Collective Leadership

How Leading Collectively helps to overcome silos

  We have built a world in which silos – nations, companies, people – compete with each other and world leaders and many of their followers act accordingly. But if we want to move the world towards a more sustainable future we need overcome our silo-mentality and explore the art of stakeholder collaboration. We need to see leadership as the capacity of a collective to catalyze and implement positive change for the common good, for a planet in ecological balance, an economy that serves humankind as whole and a global society where people support each other’s development. This can only
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Towards a governance of trust: Leading collectively in multi-stakeholder partnerships

Republished from the article in the GREAT Insights Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 2. March/April 2016.           For Agenda 2030 to succeed, joint CSO-business partnerships become increasingly important. However, their success hinges on the capacity to lead change collectively. Governance structures need to reflect this. The recently adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are not only complex and interlinked, but also challenging to achieve by 2030. As partnerships between civil society organisations (CSOs) and business form a vital part of SDGs implementation, their ability to succeed is paramount. Yet, both sides are pushed beyond their comfort zone as
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Living systems have no exits – Collaboration is our only option

To be at that time on the clock of the universe when we can make that huge change from ‘othering’ other people to feeling that they are part of us and we are part of them – that’s a wonderful opportunity. It is a wonderful time to be alive – Grace Lee Boggs Collaboration for sustainability requires well-functioning groups of collective leaders. Such leaders can be labelled management teams, project teams, core groups, committees, partnership teams, task forces, working groups or a network of CEO’s, but what they all have in common is that they work together as a collective.
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How to Invigorate the quality of collaborative change initiatives

In a previous blog I wrote about the importance to shift from focusing on events to processes.  When we shift our attention in this way events can become milestones within a process and arealso  carefully designed to serve a larger purpose.  In addition, events need to be seen in the context of good process architecture (e.g. for better water management, energy efficiency, or responsible supply chains) where it is the ability of differing stakeholders to think together and lead collectively that counts. In these ways we create a spirit of collective leadership. How can we use the Compass as a check
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Shifting Focus: Moving from Events to Collaborative Change Processes

  Good conversations change the way people think and act. When people acknowledge each other as people it becomes easier for them to overcome their differences. Yet many leaders are more focused on events and publicity than the slow and challenging task of consensus building. This is often because the complex environment of a collaboration process can feel threatening to many participants. And when threatened, the most normal human reaction is often to criticize the process or content (when one is not in charge) or to tighten control (when one is in charge). It does not sound comfortable does it?
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“Transforming Our World” through Collective Leadership

The Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG17,  have made it even clearer that in order to address global challenges, the joint capacity of leaders to become catalysts for change is called for. Collective leadership is one of the cornerstone of our response to the global sustainability challenges, irrespective of whether we are creating responsible supply chains, developing innovative technology for climate adaptation, or engaging stakeholders for better water resource management. It was Peter Senge who drew attention to the essence of leadership, which, in his view is “…about learning how to shape the future. Leadership exists when people are no longer victims
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Patterns of Aliveness, Collaboration and a Sustainable Future

We all know a feeling of aliveness – when we are happy, yet, calm, when our heart resonates, when we feel most connected with life and when our humanity expands. At the same time, we are intrinsically linked to the order of life within us and around us – people, architecture, nature. We are constantly being created by this order – as much as we participate in creating this order. When we become aware of Aliveness and the role it plays in our endevours, we also become aware that co-creation works best in a collaborative space where there is “life”
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How Corporations Can Ensure Commitment to Implementing Sustainable Development Goals

Many people consider it a historical date: September 25th 2015 saw an agreement of 195 member countries of the United Nations to adopt what is known as 17 “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, a joint commitment to end poverty, ensure prosperity for all and protect the integrity of the planet. It has become clear since then that implementing the new global “ Agenda 2030” will require collaboration at scale between governments, corporations and civil society. Read more at Huffingtonpost… This blog post looks at the question of leadership for sustainability. For more information on the Art of Leading Collectively, checkout the inside the book
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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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Becoming Mindful

There are a techniques helping to develop mindfulness and they can be learnt. Although meditation can take us a long way towards mindfulness, there is more to it – at the core of mindfulness is the ability to become more than our own separate mind and feelings. When the mind finally becomes quite, it sets free other competences – compassion, gratitude, humility – as if these elements were quietly waiting to be set free. The key technique for mindfulness is mastering the mind and understanding that at the core of the human heart is love. If we access this place
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