‘…you cannot understand an organization until you try to change it…’ Kurt LewinQuoted in Understanding Organisations, by Charles Handy (1999)
There are so many fascinating ideas being generated across the organisational development and civil society community. I share here either my own views coming-out from my work or provide my thoughts on those articles, books, resources or the ideas of others that have engaged me:
Occupational burn-out and purpose-driven organisations.
Around your work have you ever had feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, a distancing from it that has included negativism or cynicism towards work, and a resulting reduced professional effectiveness? If so then you’ve probably suffered to some degree from occupational burn-out, for these are the dimensions to burn-out that were set-down by the World… Read more
Communicating Clearly: The Four Parts of Speech
A large part of my practice involves meeting with people in formal settings, this can be in working meeting, running workshops, or in one-on-ones. During a recent feedback session, in a workshop I was running, I noticed how several of the participants had a difficulty to communicate their ideas clearly. When some presented their ideas,… Read more
Thoughts on organisational structures for non-profits
‘There is a common belief in organisational development circles that if we could only get leaders to be more enlightened, all would be well. That notion is too simplistic; enlightened leaders don’t automatically make for enlightened organisations, unless they also embrace structures, practices, and cultures that change how power is held, how people can show… Read more