Archive for the category: Reflections

How to Be Innovative in Meetings

The desire for a meeting to create innovative responses is huge – very often we hear: “we must come up with new, innovative ideas and responses to our questions and problems! Can you make it happen?”. That’s an excellent question: can we intentionally be innovative at a particular moment? We often experience that people in […]

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Dealing with Complex Issues in Events and Workshops – Things to Promote and Avoid

Several clients recently asked me to explain how exactly our approach would be different from more conventional approaches to change events, workshops and facilitation. How can I simply describe what we do and what we don’t do? Interestingly one of them send me notes from a preparatory discussion around an event we were about to […]

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Obsessive Measurement Disorder

Adrian Gnägi from the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) has written an interesting blog article on “What is wrong with Managing for Development Results?”, reflecting an essay of Andrew Natsios, former head of USAID. The article deals with “«Obsessive Measurement Disorder» (OMD), … an intellectual dysfunction rooted in the notion that counting everything in government programs […]

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How new are new methods of knowledge sharing?

Listen to an interview that the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO) did with Marc Steinlin from I-P-K on how seemingly “modern” knowledge sharing methods actually rely on ancient wisdoms as practiced by indigenous peoples all over the world. The interview explores the question whether these methods are really so progressive or whether they […]

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Are Conferences Just Another Form of Large-Group Interventions?

Thinking of it, it seems strange: the probably by far most common large-group intervention in fact is none; at least it remains largely unaffected by all the more recent and progressive insights and understanding on how to work with large groups. The impact is quite drastic: while we know how powerful and effective in particular […]

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Not only self-organised events, but self-organised learning, too!

We strongly believe in the power of self-organised events and organisation, but self-organised learning takes it still on another level! However, why should something so complex as teaching and learning suddenly ignore and escape all the things we know about complex systems? Such as the prevailance of emergence? If we believe that it is important […]

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Is it ok for change to be fun?

So it is maybe not such a good idea to make things look too serious and scrupulous if we want to effect behavioural change. On the contrary, is it maybe a sign of being unprofessional if we try too hard to look professional? More information on “It’s Nice That“.

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A Random Array of Methods or a Consistent Approach?

Over the past few weeks, two persons asked me the same question that I was unable to respond to – which was very strange: They asked me: “What is your approach then?”. I asked them “What do you mean, which approach?”. One of them pointed out that in a conversation, of more than an hour, […]

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The Enigma of Sustained Momentum – Is Community Building The Answer?

I met a consultant friend for coffee the other day. We spoke about the challenge of sustaining the momentum that a group of individuals gathers at an event aimed at coming up with ‘solutions’ in the form of ‘projects’ to achieve ‘transformation’. In other words: designing and realizing a future that is different from the […]

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What Motivates Us?

Time and again, we come back to the question of how to create a knowledge sharing culture. One of the constantly recurring points is: we need to stimulte people by building KM into the performance management frameworks, we need to provide all sorts of incentives. Well, maybe we – once more – have been on […]

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