Archive for December 2017

How to Be a System Leader

The Challenge Building a business? Planning a community? Tackling a tough economic, social, or environmental issue? Whenever we deal with complexity we face a sobering truth. We can’t work in silos anymore. In her landmark paper “Dancing with Systems” Dartmouth College professor Donella Meadows encouraged us to engage freely with complexity instead of struggling to…

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Creating a Shared Future

The Power of Place Place is alive with unfolding possibilities. It is animated by stories, a keeper of memories. We create it together, each contributing our own gifts. Every community has its own DNA, woven from shared hopes and lives lived. It’s where we belong, where we gather, where we connect with the world. It…

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The Power of Visual Strategy

Like compulsive hoarders, many organizations collect goals and objectives. These compete for resources. There are no clear priorities. There is no sense of purpose. I use the analogy of a coin jar. We keep throwing coins on the pile. Can we make sense of the confusion? Yes, by connecting the dots. Outcomes can be linked…

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Playing a Game Without Rules

Calvinball Cartoonist Bill Watterson drew the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip for a decade, from 1985 to 1995. At the height of its popularity the strip ran in more than 2,400 newspapers, featuring the hijinks of Calvin, a young boy, and Hobbes, his stuffed tiger. Calvinball was Calvin and Hobbes’s favorite game. Here are some…

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