For an organisation to reach its full potential, its culture and strategy need to be aligned. The first step in a process to develop culture or strategy is to understand your starting point. Here is a template you can use to make a quick assessment of how culture and strategy are developing now.
I am sure you have heard the phrase “culture eats strategy for breakfast”. Its worthy intention is to remind us that a strong culture is important to getting things done in organisations. We know that even with a great strategy, a destructive culture makes it really hard for people to do their jobs. What the phrase […]
It is easy to find claims that open data can change the world. It is a lot harder to find out exactly how that happens. We have examples of open data used in ways that lead to benefits for citizens. Growing more of those in a society-wide trend faces many challenges. Building momentum for the release and use of […]
A strategy is an action plan with a rationale. People can use a strategy to coordinate their actions to achieve results that lead to benefits for themselves and others. You can use a strategy to make investment decisions, if you trust it. A strategy is only useful if you have confidence in it. You can […]
One of the main causes of team failure is team members with misaligned goals. If the co-founders or team members want similar things, they will pull in a similar direction. If their goals are misaligned, they won’t. The longer it takes to discover conflicting vision and motivation among team members, the more painful the breakup […]
Recently I noticed myself using the word “engage” a lot. I was engaging this person and those people. I even thought maybe what I do is “stakeholder engagement”. Then I realised I had this badly wrong. The whole idea of “engaging” people is self-contradictory. An oxymoron. In government, NGOs and even business, we make decisions […]
Perhaps you know the old joke: How many social workers does it take to change a lightbulb? One, but only if the lightbulb wants to change. People often ask me how I make people collaborate. I can’t, of course. And neither can you or anyone else. People collaborate when they want to, when they feel […]
Here is an interview with me from May 06, 2015, in which I discuss building trust and strategy-making with the splendid Mike Riversdale for the Access Granted podcast.
Transparency is an important part of open government, governance of any organisation, leadership and interpersonal relationships.
Physical action is a powerful way to engage people in a face to face workshop. Simple techniques like continuums and voting with your feet get can achieve 100% participation. When people are fully engaged with each other and the task, the tangible outputs are better and more trust is built. Here is an account of […]