I first met Perry Timms when we were both invited to experience a new psychometric tool to support understanding of teams. Perry is an HR professional who is re-energising the profession. Encouraging both organisations and individuals to aspire to and enact better ways of working, Perry specialises in galvanising latent sources of energy for transformation inside organisations. His forthcoming book, Transformational HR is published in October. Perry and I met at the Renaissance St Pancras to talk about the future of work and his book. Read More
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What practices and principles help activate meaning and encourage self-responsibility at work?
It turns out that self-responsibility is best encouraged by practices and principles that mirror the way in which nature works. It’s also becoming more common for organisations to create conversations and hold meetings using methods inspired by indigenous wisdom.
Biomimicry is most commonly recognised as an excellent design principle. We are used to seeing innovations inspired by nature. Shark skin structure for example very readily repels bacteria, and is also highly aero-dynamic. We’ve seen it inspire Olympic performance swimsuits and also be a source for re-designing the surface of hospital equipment, beds, railings to better repel bacterial infections like MRSA. Read More
A meaningful life is a responsible life and we need to be able to stay in charge of what makes life meaningful for us, especially at work.
Viktor Frankl: “In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only respond by being responsible”.
During the past 2 years I’ve interviewed hundreds of organisations who were either activating social and environmental purpose or creating a meaningful working culture inside their organisations. I met a very few where they’ve been able to do both. Read More
There are many items on the global agenda for change. Climate change. Social change. The changing political landscape. Changing energy sources. A change in how we produce our food. A change in how we will work in a future with increasing populations, ageing populations & longevity in rich nations. There’s so much change going on at such a rapid rate, it sometimes feels like we’ve been stuck on an out of control waltzer at the funfair!
We live in volatile uncertain complex and ambiguous times. VUCA. A neat little acronym that’s becoming as familiar as cheese on toast. Many things that we have taken for granted are changing rapidly beneath our feet. Read More
Yesterday I was invited to speak at my local chamber of commerce to a group of invited business people about the power of speaking as a communication tool, and in particular the value of TED-style talks for small business. A TED-style talk is one with an idea worth spreading – so says Chris Anderson, founder of the world-renowned event series. A high percentage of businesses in CoCs are service businesses so I wanted to illustrate how this kind of business can find an ‘idea worth spreading’ as well as the many academics, authors, researchers and scientists who we often see on the stage at TED. One of the great benefits of the rise of TED and the power of the internet has been the enormous renaissance in speaking. There are now so many more opportunities to put your business in front of others. An idea worth spreading is a talk worth considering to promote your business! Read More
Many people have now interviewed Jos de Blok of Buurtzorg. I first met Jos at Meaning Conference in Brighton, where he was one of the most informative and entertaining speakers on the day about the challenges and successes of using self-management as part of his organisational set-up to support his mission to change an entire system. As there are so few organisations who are as established (10 years into the business) he had to be part of The Purposeful Enterprise Summit. Read More