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Welcome, and opening session.
Who are we? Why are we here?
Quaker Business Method, role play
Eoin McCarthy and friends
In groups of 6-8, with facilitators and advance briefing, participants will role play a staff meeting in which a decision is sought on which of 3 candidates to engage as Director of Marketing in their company. The special aspects of the Quaker decision making process will thus be directly experienced, such as the role of a gathered silence, deep listening, and letting go of the personal ego stance in surrender to seeking the common spirit of the group's highest good. A short debrief and evaluation complete the session.
Can you imagine an organization without a hierarchy? We have been taught from an early childhood to believe that the absence of hierarchy leads to anarchy, which in turn is utter chaos and it's impossible to achieve anything. Is that true? Having experienced an entirely different model, I claim: We don't have to choose either hierarchy or anarchy. There is an alternative. What would that look like? Come and find out!
Making the Stretch to Teal
You can't put new software onto an old operating system (or new wine into old bottles!) We may have grasped these new ideas & tools, but what are the hidden beliefs still operating in us? What does it take to stand in and indeed to create a different worldview and work from there? Taster session with a live case example—we'll need a volunteer :)
How business eco-systems can be moved: the Theory U methodology
Theory U blends systems thinking, innovation, and leading change from the viewpoint of an evolving human consciousness. Drawing on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) tradition of action research and learning by doing, Theory U has evolved over two decades of experimentation and refinement by a vibrant global community of practitioners. At its core, Theory U comprises three main elements:
Let's change the playbook
I'm sick of seeing the same transformational approach repeated at organisations, when they don't seem to have a high percentage of success. I'm a volunteer Junior Rugby Coach as well as an Agile and Kanban Coach, and there is no way my rugby squad would persist using a playbook when the plays don't work, they would inspect and adapt. I truly believe agile is a way to help organisations elevate themselves from the Blood Orange levels many of them operate in to an higher flight level, but we need to be better in the way coaches and consultants enable this. I'd like to spend an hour with some great people - both agilists and people outside of the agile echo chamber coming up with some new experiments to try.
Enemy Love I
The story of Jonah and the whale sits in the collective imagination as a kind of morality tale, a religious myth or a bizarre children's fable. In this workshop, the ancient story will be dusted off and re-presented as profound psychological archetype about our fear of weakness, and as an archaic political tract about the counter-intuitive politics of enemy-love. The enemy love theme continues with Sympathy for Jonah and Invocation.
Creating Anti-Fragile Relationships
Anti-Fragility is a reaction to stressors. Fragile things break when stressed. Robust things cope unchanged. Anti-Fragility is where stress makes things stronger. Things happen in our relationships that can break them. How do we enable the same things to make the relationship stronger? Based on Systemic Modelling and Clean Language.
Amazing Experiences at Work
In this session participants in small groups of changing members will be gently led to share about amazing experiences of their life at work. The focus will be on ways in which the experience may have had a mystical or spiritual element, by which we mean simply experiences that gave a body-felt sense of being more fully alive, more connected to self, to one another and to Life. The session follows a finely tuned structure recently developed. It enables participants to benefit by using disciplined listening within a surprisingly short time frame.
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Enemy Love II: Sympathy for Jonah
A folk musical. This dramatic performance of the book of Jonah retells the story using the 1611 translation of the original hebrew text, interspersed with a suit of folk songs reminiscent of the story-telling style of Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash and Tom Waits.
Shades of Leadership
A while ago I created a model that shows different shades (levels) of leadership. Based on this model we can have discussion on leadership roles in communities and organizations. Read this article for more information.
Creating a Space beyond Right and Wrong
Much of our potential progress is held back by debate and discussion, where people try to stay with their comfortable habit of sorting things into "right" or "wrong"... Let's run some exercises that help people get into a space where difference is embraced and welcomed. And share more we know of...
Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) — and me (and you)
SQ has had a huge impact on my life. I didn’t even know too much about it when I talked about it in front of 700 people...but after speaking I realised I had inherently known. This workshop reviews SQ, and asks how can you use it to show up in the workplace.
The Power of "Being"
We all know that being Agile is more important than doing Agile. Not only in the world of Agile Development, the “being” plays a vital role in our day to day life and impacts the kind contribution one makes to the world as well. Though generally being is attributed to mindset there are some subtle differences in the nature of “being”. My intention is to present these concepts in an interactive session so that participants can experience and understand the “Power of Being”. This session will NOT be serious as it sounds, it will be fun to participate and learn!! The concepts have strong theoretical foundation, the study of being is a part of Ontology (it is a branch of Philosophy) which has strong practical applications. I have been studying and practicing it for many years and find the ideas very practical and insightful.
In an unhurried conversation, there is time to think differently and connect with people in a refreshing way. Unhurried isn't always slow, but it has a pace where people find it easy to join in and not feel crowded out. And listening can be as satisfying as talking. We'll use a simple format to create good, human interaction.
ikigai for the people
Ikigai is an old Japanese concept with roots in (Zen) Buddhism, Japanese lore and psychotherapy. Today, in some circles, in a cheaper and lighter format, it has become some kind of organisational fad. Ikigai is about finding meaning and purpose in activities and relationships. In this short session, we will explore ikigai and some of its many possibilities as an enabler for change, turning organisations into organisms.
Journey of Mindfulness in the workplace
"We're only alive in this present moment." These words were uttered by a wise man 2500 years ago. Today however we're used to the "autopilot" way of life; busily dealing with waves of changes in the workplace and are seen as parts of a bigger machine. Still, deep down, I know that each one of us has the inner wisdom. The deeper knowing, it will be unleashed by being aware. Welcome to join this teaser session of mindfulness in the workplace. I'll share my personal story and the story of a mindfulness grassroots movement in a large engineering corporation.
Focus or awareness: What makes us faster as a team?
In this session you will be an integrated participant of an repeat experiment. We will use a simple task to find out how we work more effectively as a team:
Is there anything you need to know or to bring? No, just the willingness to participate. Participate with your mind open and ready to explore without bias.
Enemy Love III: Invocation
An interactive exercise to encourage empathy, and demonstrate it is a learned skill, not an inate quality given only to a few. The exercise will be debriefed with group dialog on enmity, empathy and enemy love.
Moving forward. What next?
At 5 pm we'll move on The Pilgrim pub, 5 minutes walk from the venue, to continue the conversation, or simply to wind down. Everyone is welcome to join.
View from The Foundry, Vauxhall, venue for Reimagine Work.