The Paradox of Control →

Stephen Duns, writing for Leadership Victoria:

So the more we try to control, the more people will self-organise against our control and the less control we have. A paradox for leadership. The more a solution is imposed onto a system the more that system will self-organise against that solution.

What is the way through this paradox? The answer lies in another feature of complex adaptive systems – “a system will only accept a solution it is part of creating”. The solution is to use some sort of participatory process that allows the collective intelligence of the system to create its own solution.

This is bang on. It’s one of the most succinct, yet practical explanations of working with complexity I’ve read.

In simpler terms, imposing change on people increases anxiety and resistance. People own what they help create, so invite them to participate in creating solutions.

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Generative Questions →

During this podcast with Michelle McQuaid (16:27), Gervase Bushe shares these tips on asking more generative questions:

They are surprising.
They touch the heart.
It takes them somewhere new.
They build relationship between people.

I’ll listen to this again and again. Gervase’s work is truly inspiring.

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Heartbreak

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David Whyte: Heartbreak asks us not to look for an alternative path, because there is no alternative path. It is a deeper introduction to what we love and have loved, an inescapable and often beautiful question, something or someone who has been with us all along, asking us to be ready for the last letting go. 1 Storm: Photo © Martin Gleeson. Gough’s Bay. Victoria. January, 2012 Rest in peace my…  
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Making Space for Emergence →

I really enjoyed this podcast with Michael Wood, Dom Fay, Peter Catt and Sue Wilton on the themes of listening, dialogue, emergence and Open Space Technology. Definitely worth a listen.

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Is Conversation Action? →

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David Gurteen:

Conversation creates the conditions, in which actions and changes we would like to see in the world become possible.

Yes, conversation is action.

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