Positive Leadership toward Reinventing Organizations

kleiner-Q-kim-urlPositive Leadership, based on positive psychology, makes a tremendous difference in any workplace no matter how hierarchical its structure may be, or how plain the tasks at hand.

Because you can’t reinvent your organization overnight to become one of those self-organizing, vibrant, fulfilling and energizing workplaces doesn’t mean you are powerless!
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Reinventing Organizations at Eye-level?

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“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… (more…)

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Webinar: Dialogue, Organization Development and Culture

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Or: why Information & Energy need to flow freely…

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 dialog, organization development and culture come in. 

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Are you Separated or Connected?

cover issue 16Are you a change practitioner or an activist? Are you a leader or a learner? Interesting enough, these labels are starting to look like synonyms. You are a leader and a learner and a change maker and an activist.

There’s a new spirit wandering the hallways of large office buildings, interfering in online discussion forums, hiding under the desk in prestigious board rooms, inspiring rebels and leaders, coaches and consultants alike. Consultants are spreading tolerance like wise men. Wise men are doing business, enhancing connection and collaboration where they can. The new spirit smiles silently… (more…)

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Webinar: Reinventing Organizations with Frederic Laloux

1-stages-developmentCan 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? We organized a wonderful webinar with Frederic Laloux to find out how…. (more…)

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How to increase your impact in change projects?

who-you-are-what-you-doAs a seasoned change practitioner, do you have assignments where everything seems to go naturally and you really have an impact? As opposed to those where your client keeps misunderstanding you and the change projects stalls…? Daryl Conner, a long-time change professional, wondered why some change practitioners get it done – and others – with the same toolkit and experience – don’t accomplish much. He found an answer in our character and presence – WHO we are – that defines our unique contribution and whether or not we can impact this particular (client) organization. Practitioners themselves are part of the intervention with clients. Ready to raise your game?  (more…)

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Do you lose Energy?

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How are you? In a hurry, scanning this text for news? Are you hunting for stimuli? Do you notice restlessness when you’re already tired? Maybe you live by a schedule that doesn’t leave space to slow down and to be mindfully aware of what happens. But why would you bother to be mindfully present? Because you’ll waste your precious energy if you don’t…

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Are you awake?

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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?

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Can you lead with mindfulness?

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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?

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Dare you time-space-matter?

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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 do you intend 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?
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Are you working with idiots?

Margo 4Guest post 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. Afterward, 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?
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Reinventing Organizations: a case study

Cover Issue 13There’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.
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