“Leaving the 20th century behind, I think we are ready and hungry to feel aliveness and connectedness - at work and at home”, said the German consultant Ulf Brandes during our interview. Together with four others, he created the documentary film Augenhöhe (German for eye-level) to show that it is possible to work at “eye-level” in organizations, instead of at different levels in an organizational pyramid: looking down on direct reports, looking up to your boss and, maybe, looking suspicious at the co-workers next to you…
Do you know those few, famous examples of extraordinary workplaces where people thrive… versus the Dilbert-like top-down hierarchies where people suffer or survive? I bet you do! But how to turn such an energy-depleting hierarchy into a thriving, dynamic workplace? And, why would you even try? Well, most organizations must become more innovative, agile and change-responsive - if they want to survive, let alone thrive. And that is where dialogue, organization development and culture come in.
As a leader in an Agile organization, your behavior has a profound effect in the workplace. Do you want to embody great leadership to elevate your organization's performance? Beware of being too Agile and pushing solely for results. But if you do, be ready to add an apology to your leadership toolkit. By OCAI online-partner Daniel Sloan.
Can we create organizations free of the pathologies that show up all too often in the workplace? Free of politics, bureaucracy, and infighting; free of stress and burnout; free of resignation, resentment, and apathy; free of the posturing at the top and the drudgery at the bottom? Is it possible to reinvent organizations, to devise a new model that makes work productive, fulfilling, and meaningful? Join the free webinar on March 4 with Frederic Laloux to find out how....
How are you? Busy? Relaxed? Energized? Tired? I notice a pattern in modern life. I’m going too fast and packing too much in my days. I’m hunting for stimuli – or at least I'm distracted by them. I notice restlessness when I’m already tired. I see most people around me living by schedules that don’t leave space to slow down and to be mindfully aware of what really happens. How do you wake up to the present?
Mindfulness is the practice of placing your attention where you'd like it to go and cultivating the ability to hold it there. This placement of attention is quite a skill because in today’s world anything can take your attention. It’s constantly scanning for new stimuli and creates a jumpy habit. It makes you busy but it doesn’t necessarily mean you are productive. This jumpy habit also promotes fear and doubt – says Susan Piver. How can leaders become better by practicing mindfulness?
As the year is drawing to a close and we’re looking forward to a winter or summer break (depending on your part of the world) - it’s time to reflect on our experiences so far and explore our intentions for next year. I’m not talking about New Year’s resolutions. I’m talking intentions. What are you intending to create, or let happen, next year? Intentions set the direction of your attention and your actions - and their energy. Dare you time-space-matter?
by Margo Boster I recently presented a workshop to a group of fellow coaches at an International Coaching Federation meeting. I realized that my style, my approach and my very message were not consistent with what most people did. Afterwards, I had a moment of questioning myself: “Should I have been more of what they were expecting?” Are you good enough? Compared to whom? Or are you the one who's working with idiots? How do you value yourself in the workplace?
There’s a new way of organizing and collaborating emerging around the globe – as Frederic Laloux shows in his book Reinventing Organizations. Let’s take a closer look at “new organizations” with a case study – and examine the three key things that they do differently: self-management, wholeness and purpose.
There’s something broken in how we run organizations today. Polls about happiness at work show that 60-75% of people are disengaged. Many professionals are tired of the rat race, tedious budget circles, office politics, cubicles, being controlled and feeling limited. They wonder: how’s what I’m doing serving a better world? Or: how’s my job helping me develop my unique talents? Well, at least it pays the rent... but I’m so tired/stressed/bored... (fill in the blanks). Isn't it time for Organizational Evolution?