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Into Unchartered Territory

Written on January 27, 2021 at 8:11 am


Many of us have been leaders for a long time, but with a global pandemic, political and social upheaval and so much more, this period clearly feels and is very different.  We’ve gone through several phases since March of 2020 – disruption, regrouping, planning and strategizing and adjusting (some of which I wrote about in previous posts: The Next Phase (April 2020) Learning through Disruptive Times (June 2020) and Learning and Adapting through Disruptive Times (August 2020).  At the beginning of a new year, we are continuing to search for ways to lead ourselves and our organizations through these …


Rebuilding civil society

Written on December 2, 2020 at 8:20 am

Recently I had the opportunity to co-create, host and facilitate the annual workshop of Accountable Now.   We used many of the approaches that we have developed through the Testing Change project as the farming for the workshop.  The approaches we used included:

  • Paradigm not just incremental change.
  • Circular (not linear) planning – plan, test, learn and adapt, repeat.
  • Change needs personal and organizational accountability and structure.

The broad theme of the workshop was rebuilding as we go through this disruptive pandemic period, and specifically to focus on inclusion; equity and power shifting; and resilience.

The slides we created for the …


Learning and Adapting through Disruptive Times

Written on August 18, 2020 at 8:20 am

Since the pandemic went worldwide earlier this year, in addition to helping client groups navigate change, I have also been trying to follow discussions and trends that can provide helpful context and pathways.  This has resulted in a series of blog posts – Tips for Successful Meetings (March 2020) when most of us were transitioning all of our work and meetings online; The Next Phase (April 2020) when the initial crisis period was turning into a longer ‘endurance phase’; and Learning through Disruptive Times (June 2020) based on learning from the Testing Change project I founded in 2014.  This post …


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 …


Tips for Successful Online Meetings

Written on March 17, 2020 at 8:39 am

As more meetings move online, it is a good time to share tips and resources on facilitating online meetings with each other.  Although you may find that the current coronavirus environment and the cancellations of in-person meetings is ‘forcing’ a shift to more online activity, look at it as an opportunity to do more virtually and expand your and your organization’s skills and capacities.  Once you and your group(s) are comfortable with this forum you may find that it will save you valuable travel time (and minimize your carbon footprint) going forward.  Although there is no substitute for in-person meetings, …