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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, …


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

Global Engagement Takes Time

Written on August 15, 2019 at 8:46 am

Having worked with numerous organizations on not only developing their goals and designing their plans, but actually implementing them over time,  I’ve come to appreciate the value of learning the lessons about the long term nature of change.  In a society that increasingly focuses on quick solutions it can be hard to find long-term case studies or forums to share the ups and downs of working on long term initiatives.  As part of an effort to place attention on some of these important lessons, I organized a workshop with colleagues to discuss our shared experiences around global engagement.  (The focus …