Archives for Spotting innovative solutions

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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Creating a paradigm shift

Donella Meadows’ article: Leverage Points – Places to Intervene in a System is  an inspiring reminder, a timeless contribution that makes one think – and hopefully act. Reading it you might recognize how many aspects of sustainability initiatives are still stuck in regulatory approaches that – according to Donella – are lowdown on the list of effective leverage points. The second highest effective leverage point, she suggests, is the power to create a paradigm shift. This is what she says about how to create a paradigm shift: “You keep pointing at the anomalies and failures of the old paradigm, you keep speaking louder and
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STAYING IN THE COLLABORATIVE FIELD

The meeting room is much too small for 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, the invitation to a swim is ignored. Despite the almost unbearable heat, the group concentrates on a written document that is projected onto the wall. Step by step we work
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Agile rather than just Comfortable

The COLLECTIVE LEADERSHIP COMPASS distinguishes three roads to INNOVATION. These are Creativity, Excellence, and Agility. This post looks at the aspect of AGILITY. There are as many unique comfort zones in this world as there are people. For innovation to occur, we need to become aware of our comfort zones and to push them bit by bit – every day. In this way we discover the world anew and we strengthen our capacity to adapt to new situations. Giving up on sustainability issues is not an option. The world is made up of territories, internal and external, but the challenges of sustainability do not stop
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Practice makes… Excellent

The COLLECTIVE LEADERSHIP COMPASS distinguishes three roads to INNOVATION. These are Creativity, Excellence, and Agility. This post looks at the aspect of EXCELLENCE. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle When I was still at school, I never had difficulties performing well – and I mean well, not excellently. I made it my habit to set the easy goal of “do well” but not “become the best”. That worked until I learned a craft – joinery. The moment of revelation came when I noticed that it makes sense to cut a piece of wood exactly
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Creativity births Innovative Solutions

The COLLECTIVE LEADERSHIP COMPASS distinguishes three roads to INNOVATION. These are Creativity, Excellence , and Agility. This post will look at the aspect of CREATIVITY. In order to generate innovative solutions we need to remember that we are all creative. Yet, although we are born creative we can unlearn creativity, we can deprive ourselves of our own creativity, and we can deaden creativity in our professional context. Setting creativity free is therefore often a process of unblocking or reviving that which is already buried deep inside. Why should we relearn creativity? Because we need it, we will not master the challenges of sustainability without creative
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Scaling-Up Innovation

INNOVATION is the successful implementation of new ideas – it allows us to unfold our vision into reality. It is a force each of us has inside, as well as a phenomenon which occurs as a result of human interaction. It is a culture, not the skill of a few rare people. Yet, not all of us arrive at innovative solutions in the same way. Some of us are quintessential inventors while others are slow to generate new ideas. Sustainable INNOVATION therefore needs collaboration between the creativity of the brilliant inventors and the keepers of the current reality. Leading with FUTURE
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Can crises be opportunities?

Experiences of powerlessness, defeat and crises are gateways to a deeper perception of reality. Sometimes they are gateways to a greater transformation. We know this from our life path. What if we were able to discover much earlier that there is a crisis emerging that could lead to an opportunity? When the boundaries of our constructed identity are shaken, we become insecure, feel powerless and have difficulties to handle the uncertainty that comes with it. This is a signpost that is worth observing. If we learn to not ignore it, not fight it, not correct it, not emotionally react to
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What is at the core of life enhancing leadership?

Leading has many faces. The history of humankind is witness to this. It is easy to determine what kind of leadership was not sustainable in the long run – though it might have been effective in the short term. It is much more difficult to identify the examples for leadership that centred on sustainability. But this does not mean we should stop thinking about it. Leading for sustainability is not something we really know how to do yet. Not every admired leader has created sustainability. Not every person doing good in the world has been a good leader. There are
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Bringing the creative urge back into our life

We all wish to be creative, and in fact – we all are. But creativity has its own rhythms and dynamics. Bringing the creative urge back into our life is not always easy. Because it requires phases of non-action – not something we have many opportunities to do in the daily rush of events. It may help to unearth what our pattern of creativity is. One thing is sure – when we are creative, our heart is involved, we feel closer to life, and no matter how aware of it we are, we feel closer to our deepest values. People
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