Category Archives: Networked Leadership

Over the last two years I have been interviewing leaders about their collaborative practices. These leaders come from many different organisations but have the common bond of collaborating in post-earthquake Christchurch. From the interviews, I have identified five characteristics and three mindframes that seem necessary to lead, and to contribute effectively, to collaboration. Leading collaboration, what really matters? Read blog post >

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A guest blogpost by Peter Townsend, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce

This discussion about collaboration, collaboration between schools, and employers, and workplaces is not only timely and fascinating, it is also hugely important for the thousands of young New Zealanders – and to the nation’s economic and social future.

Frankly, it’s a discussion that needs to take place in virtually every department, in every school, in every community, and in every city and region. The challenge for education leaders, administrators, development offices, careers advisors, teachers, and those in charge of external or community relationships lies back at home – keeping the ideal of collaboration on colleagues’, communities’, and students’ minds every day. Read blog post >

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Open Office EnvironmentOpen workspaces – do they work or not? I have been exploring the pros and cons for some time.  I have visited a lot of open work spaces as part of my writing on collaboration and I am writing this post following a day spent hot desking in the open workspace at Hairy Lemon. Hairy Lemon is the quirky, innovative digital company that built my website.

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Collaboration, a global imperative in an increasingly complex world. That doesn’t mean it is always easy…or necessary. My ongoing research in this area has looked at what works in many different organisations. This post shares some of the ways in which collaboration in schools can be enhanced, presented as an infographic and expanded further below.

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Collaboration: a key trend and also one of the latest buzz words. This year I set myself the target of writing a book about collaboration to separate the rhetoric from the reality and to explore how we might use our collective talents to create something better

I have been interviewing leaders from a range of different organisations and community groups that have been collaborating in new ways since the Christchurch earthquakes. Five things stand out for me so far: Read blog post >

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Does collaboration need the use of technology at all? Over the last months I have been interviewing organisations that have been collaborating in some pretty interesting ways. And they have all focused on face to face collaboration, not on the use of digital technologies. I am wondering how the increased focus on collaboration and the rise of ubiquity impact on one another. Read blog post >

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Ubiquibot Remix There are many lists of things to consider for 2014. It can get overwhelming. When I look at the trends I see one that stands out. So the one trend I think you must be aware of in 2014 is….

UBIQUITY

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Last week I attended the World Futures Society Conference, in Chicago. At this conference I connected a few dots together about the role of ‘Big’ in the future. And I am not just talking about Big Data (Big Da). There were clear signs that there is more to big. As leaders, we need to understand BIG and its role in changing the way we work.  Big is the future. There are four main ways in which this can be considered. Meet the Big Family:

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Trinket CompassHow would you like a video about your organisation and your leadership of it, to be seen by millions of people? Sound exciting? What about if the message was negative rather than positive? Still so keen?

Ethical leaders have a moral compass and follow it. Clients and employees increasingly value fairness and equity. This is a trend organisations ignore at their peril. Read blog post >

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~♥~ And my heart will go on and on ~♥~

A new generation of leaders is already impacting on our world. Many of these are not yet in their teens. Many are still at school. These examples, in Storify, are just the tip of the iceberg. We need to nurture this new breed of leaders, and to start preparing for them now. What you will see will blow you away!

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