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

Positive Deviance * An approach to behavioral and social change

Positive Deviance (PD) is an approach to behavioral and social change based on the observation that there are individuals or groups of people in every community whose behaviors and strategies enable them to find better solutions to problems than their peers even though they have access to the same resources and face similar challenges. In … Continue reading Positive Deviance * An approach to behavioral and social change

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