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Category: Organizational Innovation

Thinking about How I Think

A prospective client asked me to come talk with a few board members about how I think about transformative change and how I might help their organization work through some significant short-term and long-term challenges and aspirations. There was a time – when I was oh so young — when I might have gone and talked about various models that could help them with change management or strategy development, but in these chaotic times I have no prescriptions or magic bullets to offer. So I prepared a brief document that… Read more Thinking about How I Think

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Thoughts about the Imagine Canada Forum

Got home a bit ago after taking in the Imagine Canada Forum here in Edmonton. I estimate 80, maybe a hundred folks attended, so a pretty good turnout. This was the first of the provincial forums Imagine Canada will be doing over the next several months. I extend KUDOS to the organization for embarking on a journey with others in order to create some pan-Canadian strategies to both strengthen the nonprofit/voluntary sector AND ensure that the public (including business and government folk) truly understand the value of the work and… Read more Thoughts about the Imagine Canada Forum

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All Washed Up

See the steps a young leader takes to change the behaviour of children. There is a lot of failing forward in doing so. This video is a tad long – over 6 minutes – but insightful and with a good sense of humour AND you learn about the key steps in changing human behaviour.

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Collaboration: convergence to create new value

Do a Google search on “collaboration” and the majority of hits you generate will actually be about collaboration tools or software, not the activity of collaboration. This is similar to the concept of customer relationship management. Search for that phrase and you end up with a litany of CRM software tools.  I would not suggest collaboration or CRM technologies are not good tools to have, but they are just that: tools. Collaboration is about people. These people may represent organizations and do so well, but ultimately organizational action is all… Read more Collaboration: convergence to create new value

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Current Issue of The Philanthropist

Here are the current offerings from this important journal, featuring articles by Edmontonians Martin Garber-Conrad (Edmonton Community Foundation) and Bob Wyatt (Muttart Foundation) as well other excellent food for thought pieces.  Visit and bookmark http://www.thephilanthropist.ca and check out their past issues. Articles Overview from Canada: Modernising Charity Law Abstract PDF Bob Wyatt   “Oil and Water or the Perfect Margarita?” Where is the “Social” in the “Social Economy?” Abstract PDF Michael Edwards   Learning, Development, and Money: Lessons from Bangladesh Abstract PDF Ian Smillie   “A Crisis is a Terrible Thing… Read more Current Issue of The Philanthropist

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This isn’t change. It is transformation

This is how things work. Someone sends me a link to a blog (thanks Carol). I go to that blog and see some links in the body of a posting that interest me (thanks Lucy). One link takes me to wiki site (i.e. a collaborative site) about trends. There read a posting by Laurie who mentions this YouTube video (below) offered up by Bronson and all of that happened in less time than it took me to write this posting. That’s the interconnectivity and networking that the Internet and its… Read more This isn’t change. It is transformation

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Innovation quickies

If you think about innovative companies, you can’t help but thing of Google. One key to their success at being innovative is offered by Sheryl Sandberg, vice president of Automated Advertising Systems: “We don’t always have an answer. We’re willing to tolerate that ambiguity and chaos because that’s where the room is for innovation.” Google’s senior vice president for business operations, Shona Brown, who is also the author of book that talks about “structured chaos” sums it up: “The way to succeed in “fast-paced, ambiguous situations,” is to avoid creating… Read more Innovation quickies

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Innovation is intentional change

Organizational innovation calls for the players to understand and affirm the vision and direction of the organization. They need to be able to identify, recognize, and decide upon vision relevant opportunities and challenges.  To innovate effective, the organization should be intentional, objective or goal oriented, and be able to create and sustain momentum to achieve the objective.  The attributes of an innovative environment… There is an inspirational mission and vision embraced by all and that serves at the heart of organizational planning, execution, evaluation, and innovation. The organization understands that… Read more Innovation is intentional change

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