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U Lab Reflections

 

The week between Christmas and the New Year often takes on an ‘other-worldly’ quality. Retreat and introspection are bundled soporifically between festive book ends. The world slows down creating space for reflection. 

This kind of benign introspection doesn't take much effort. It would be easy to discount festive downtime as 'cerebral idling'. But it serves an important role in creating distance and bringing perspective to our otherwise hectic lives.  

For those committed to life-long learning, reflection plays an important role. Margaret Wheatley sums it up in her customary no-nonsense manner:

 

“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences and failing to achieve anything useful”. 

 

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The Generative Power of a Question

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  The transition to the New Year always creates a desire to take stock….where am I now in relation to what I wanted to achieve last year? This year is no different. Although, in one way, it’s completely different. It’s the first New Year without my dad. He died on 2 nd February last year so we’re approaching the first anniversary of his death.   It starts with family   Dad enjoyed marking the transition to the New Year especially when surrounded by his family. He invariably made a speech at midnight and encouraged others to do the same. It created a strong sense of being fully seen and heard. As if your personhood was being authenticated. In my younger years the evening meal (tea-time in our house) was a time when the family gathered around the table and shared a story from their day. After me and my siblings left home, and returned...
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A NEW TAKE ON COLLABORATION

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Adam Kahane’s new book - ‘ Collaborating with the Enemy’ - is a must for anyone having to collaborate with diverse others whatever the context. Indeed, it should be recommended reading on leadership programmes where there is a need to work across organisational and/or cultural boundaries. With the economic situation as it is, collaboration is fundamental to the sustainability of services.   To begin with oneself...' is a maxim that can trip glibly off the tongue, but Adam takes us below the surface. With honesty, humility and pragmatism he shows why we must change ourselves before we can reach out and fully connect with others who don't share our view.   "Collaborating with others, especially others who we do not agree with or like or trust us, requires us to join with them as equals".   ‘Enemyfying’ Many of the case studies in the book relate to ‘high stakes’ fraught and...
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