August 1, 2009
Positive behavior and working relationships are front and center in healthcare as The Joint Commission for Hospital Accreditation established a standard for all institutions that calls for a code of conduct for all staff in addition to previous ones for physicians.
I took this opportunity to work with a hospital to develop their code of conduct (a provocative proposition) using a combination of AI and World Cafe. They were amazing! The conversation was rich, the ideas flowed and the core strengths were vital, relevant and truly shared.
To design the final document, I began by transcribing the conversation scribes and harvest of the cafe and mapping comments of the 40+ participants. Here is the result:
The background is the hospital and chapel.
October 15, 2006
What would be possible for you if you had a physical presence that exuded confidence and accelerated movement to toward one of your most provocative propositions? What if you could create a body that reinforced your focus on what you care about and that could hold the inspired action to make it happen? The Ghandi quote, “be the change, you wish to see in the world” has even more meaning when we look at the body as a source in building our capacity for effecting personal and ultimately organizational change. The body is a container for the wealth of stories that shape our existence and the way we move in the world. Like the mind, the shape of our body can influence our listening, our action, and how others see us as a leadership presence. The shape we are can determine what we find, where we look, how we talk, and how we are in community with each other.
When we talk about Appreciative Inquiry, we often note that it is about a way of being in the world. Since we are in the world essentially as a physical being, it is important to consider the body in our inquiry around the best of what is and what could be. Over the past two years, I have had the pleasure of learning from a team of amazing people at the Strozzi Institute in Petaluma, California, which was founded by Richard Strozzi Heckler, author of Anatomy of Change: A Way to Work Through Life’s Transitions. Richard and his team of associates have developed the Leadership in Action programs for individuals and organizations. They are designed to help leaders at all levels to create a body that is fully present and connected to what they care about and a body that will take action toward it. The practices that I have learned through these masterful teachers have helped me “get in shape” for a future that is focused on what I care about – helping people develop the personal leadership needed to successfully collaborate with others. The learning is practical, pragmatic, and essential to my practice as an executive coach and consultant.
October 10, 2006
Attending Tom Munnecke’s Uplift Academy work session in New York City last week was inspiring to say the least. Dubbed “New Media and Infectious Good”, the conclave brought together social program developers, artists, clergy, video producers, consultants, researchers, communications experts and technology types. Most impressive among those in attendance were Gavin White – CEO of Video Volunteers , Christine Millen – Co-Founder of The Transition Network who was recently named a Fellow in the Purpose Prize competition, and Ethan Zohn – winner of the Survivor: Africa and Co-Founder of Grassroot Soccer
The tagline of Uplift Academy is “Using the Net to discover what’s working and how to do more of it.” It made me wonder about what would happen if the positive question was not only answered in words. What would happen if stories were shown as video clips (caught on cell phones?) or sketches, or shared as song, or expressed in dance? How would that impact the mind and emotions of the storyteller? Would there be new insights? Less constraint? More transparency? And how would this be received by others who listen/watch/take in the story?
A couple of snapshots of the Uplift Academy for you . . .