Communityship

In an article in HBR, Henry Mintzberg talks about a concept of his called communityship. So what is communityship? Let’s start by talking about leadership – something we are familiar with. Go Google leadership – there are a diversity of definitions. The one I like goes something like this: Leadership is the ability of a … Continue reading Communityship

Mutual respect

Take a look at almost any online discussion forum, especially political or religious forums and you will find that people are overwhelmingly disrespectful of each other. These forums are full of ad hominem attacks, abuse, and name calling Ad hominem attack: Attacking a person’s character rather than responding to the argument itself. The discussions can … Continue reading Mutual respect

Shared meaning * People understand each other’s perspectives well enough to accept them

What is shared meaning? The phrase is bandied about a lot, but little understood and rarely defined. Let’s take a look at it. There are two dimensions to the phrase. We take for granted that our words convey exactly what we intend them to. This is a particularly misinformed assumption. I have observed that upon deeper … Continue reading Shared meaning * People understand each other’s perspectives well enough to accept them

Ownership, not buy-in * To build community, we need to move from buy-in to ownership

One of the biggest mistakes we make when trying to instigate change in an organization is to attempt to change other people. We identify the problems, create the strategies and plans to implement a so-called solution and then try to “sell it” to people. We seek “buy-in”. By and large, though, all we get is … Continue reading Ownership, not buy-in * To build community, we need to move from buy-in to ownership