Jacob Moses and I explore how city leaders can grow their economies by fostering collaboration on a local level, including how to find existing assets in your community, how to encourage existing organizations to focus on a shared goal, and how to move forward by relentlessly focusing on “doing the doable”.
A few weeks ago, I had a great conversation with Aga Bajer, of Culture Lab. In this interview, Aga and I discuss:
- The value of practice and discipline versus skimming the surface of things
- The need to slow down before going fast
- The benefits of creating a safe space for deep, focused conversations
- How power and hierarchy can stand in the way of collaboration
- What adaptive challenges are and why they require a platform where people can come together as equals to solve them
- How to frame a strategic conversation around opportunities rather than problems and what is the structure of framing questions
- The value of engaging people around what an ideal solution would look like
- The importance of thinking about what company you want to pass on to the next generations
- Culture as a set pattern of thinking, behaving and doing
How do you design and guide complex transformations for workforce development? This podcast explores how workforce development professionals can learn a new set of skills to design and manage complex collaborations.
As you can imagine, we have an idea about how you might do that! Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership is available for pre-order from all of the usual outlets – we have links on the book page. The book is perfect for that colleague, aspiring leader, or student of management who’s looking for practical advice on how to guide collaborative conversations. We include lots of examples and case studies, as well as “how to put it into action” at the end of each chapter.
If you pre-order before the official release on May 7, we’ll say thank you with a number of bonuses. Again, details on the book page.
The developer of Strategic Doing, Ed Morrison, has been urged many times over the years to write a book about Strategic Doing. There have been a few starts made at it, but it wasn’t until we started teaching the discipline that the organization of such a book became clear. A team coalesced to take on the writing, we had a set of writing retreats to get the bulk of the writing done, and on May 7, it will begin shipping.
We’ve put together a set of “freebies” for those who pre-order a book. If you’re in business of collaborative leadership, or can see the need for those skills coming to your organization or community (and honestly, where aren’t those skills important?) jump to the front of the line for the book by pre-ordering. You’ll get the freebies immediately, and on the 7th, will have the book in your hands (right now, only the hardcover is available for pre-order, although the e-book isn’t far behind, we’re told by Wiley, our publisher).
In addition to the links on the book page, we’re told that the book is also available for pre-order in the UK and Australia. Let us know if you need help finding a way to order.
After many, many emails from people asking “when can I get the book?” today marks an official milestone of sorts…we’ll officially begin encouraging pre-orders one week from today. Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership will give Strategic Doing a much broader platform to help people understand how they can confront complex challenges in their organizations, companies, communities, or regions.
The book started as a “Big Easy” at the Strategic Doing core team’s meeting in September 2017, as we considered the question, “Imagine Strategic Doing was part of the standard ‘curriculum’ for people learning about strategy…what would that look like?” It’s certainly “big,” and because of the great network of Do-ers all over the world, we felt it met the “easy” criterion as well.
If you’re on our email list for newsletters and such, you’ll be getting information about pre-ordering, including some great “bonus content” as a thank you. If you’re not yet on the list, it’s easy to sign up.