Archive for the 'Complexity' Category

Learning through Disruptive Times

Written on June 15, 2020 at 11:25 am

Time for learning
Loyce Pace, CEO
Global Health Council

We are living through a worldwide health crisis, an economic crisis, a racial crisis and a crisis of democracy.  Anyone of them would test us, facing them all at once, for an indefinite time into the future, is going to take enormous amounts of our energy.  We need to pace ourselves, find our allies and partners and ‘learn into’ the crisis.  To help in the search for ‘actionable learning’ I wanted to share some of what we’ve been learning through the Testing Change project.

We started the Testing Change project six …

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The Next Phase

Written on April 29, 2020 at 8:48 am

We’ve survived the first weeks… Phase 1, the high intensity, quick decision-making time is ending.  Phase 2 is harder, it’s the endurance phase. It’s like moving from acute to chronic, when we don’t know when things will end. Each phase needs different interventions….Phase 3 is on its way. This is when we look back, see the deeper meaning in what we have all gone through and feel far more connected with our own, and everyone’s, humanity. (Carol Kauffman, Institute of Coaching)

Most of us and our organizations are now in Phase 2 and thinking forward to Phase 3.  What can …

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Global Engagement Takes Time – Part II

Written on September 25, 2019 at 10:32 am

One of the fun parts of being more ‘senior’ in one’s career is having the opportunity to share ‘lessons learned’ over the years.  I had the opportunity to participate in one such session in August – blog post here – and another earlier this month.  Here are a few of the lessons shared from this latest session:

  • The ‘why’ is always the most important – why are you undertaking this effort?  Form (tactics – what will you do and how will you do it?) should follow function (what is it you’re trying to accomplish?).  I’ve often called it the Journalism
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The long term nature of change

Written on February 5, 2019 at 9:36 am

I’ve been leading an initiative that’s now going into its sixth year and have thus been thinking about some of our learning around long term change.  Long term change for organizations and society does not come quickly and takes a lot of on-going commitment through the inevitable ups and downs.  Here are some of things we’ve been learning as we head into our sixth year:

  • Leadership commitment –  Organizations and networks that have been most successful with making significant changes, and most importantly increasing their impact  due to these changes, understand that it is, and plan for it to be,
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Test It! Lessons we are Learning Part II

Written on April 24, 2018 at 9:10 am

 

Introduction

The Civil Society and Testing Change project (CS&TC) is an initiative to develop and test new ways for civil society organizations and their partners to operate.  The project’s model is for global, multi-stakeholder working groups to focus on areas where operational changes may have the most effect on impact, and to have a lead group test these ideas and theories over a multi-year period.  An introductory blog post can be found here. Our target group are NGOs and civil society organizations that are 10+ years old, interested in considering operational changes to remain effective and relevant, and with …

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