partnership

The importance of partnership?

What is Partnership?

The term “partnership” is commonly used.  In The Change Maker Group’s series of articles looking at some of the implications and practical responses to the substantial political, economic and potentially social change in the UK, I thought I would consider how people and their organisations work together.

It is common for people and organisations to talk about ‘working in partnership’ with one another or with their customers. The partnership tag applies to church groups, schools, or housing associations as much as it does to local government organisations sharing services or companies working together through outsourcing contracts. Some of the major supranational bodies such as the EU, NATO and the United Nations are implicitly partnerships, although with a huge political element.

The common theme though is that the ‘partnership’ relationship implies the cooperation between the parties for mutual benefit, whether individuals or organisations. Read more

I quit!

I Quit!

I Quit! When the going gets tough, the tough………. appear to resign!

When did “I Quit” become an acceptable leadership principle? What is happening to our leaders in the UK? If the current rate of resignations in politics, football and prime time car shows continues then there will be few left to lead anything in a few weeks’ time!

I believe we have to accept that we cannot ask a leader to lead if the direction required goes against their long held principles, values and beliefs so that may let Mr Cameron off the hook, although Mr Osbourne seems to be finding a way to square that particular circle, for now at least. However, the fact Mr Cameron clearly said before the referendum that he would stay on as PM regardless of the outcome and then promptly resigned when he did not get his own way, severely reduces the height of the moral low ground he is hoping to occupy I fear.

The other political leaders in the Brexit referendum need to stop and take a long hard look at themselves. Their conduct over the past week or so has at times been appalling and does nothing to build trust between the ordinary person and the political elite. When the country needs a visionary leader the most, one that can unite our seemingly fractured country and put the ‘Great’ back into Great Britain those that are seeking to convince us they are qualified for this role are to be found squabbling amongst themselves, looking after their own interests, or worse heading for the hills. Read more

Challenges and solutions.

Wise words – the change challenges in the post-Brexit VUCA world?

Challenges and Solutions

Challenges come at us from every direction, all the time.  Faced with a challenge this week at school, my daughter said the above to my wife who duly noted it down. We thought it was a really mature and smart way of looking at things. I found the piece of paper last night.

Not wishing to sound political, I woke this morning to the shock of a Leave vote. Selfish concerns aside, driving into the office I reflected on the implications for the projects world (in the broadest sense) of this momentous change. Here are some immediate thoughts on the challenges ahead, for what they are worth.  Building on my daughters wise words – there are always solutions. Would love to hear what you think the implications will be whether you are in the project / programme / portfolio / transformation / change world or not. Here goes: Read more

What the Change Makers say

Change Makers don’t say….

At The Change Maker Group we call all of our team Change Makers. So, whatever their specialism everyone is referred to as a Change Maker – whether people are experts on innovation, leadership, team development, delivering change, coaching, programme management or whatever, they are all Change Makers. Fundamentally we all focus on delivering personal, team or organisational change, helping people and teams be the best they can be.

Being a Change Maker in our business and home lives requires a focused set of behaviours. You wouldn’t expect a Change Maker to say “You’re on your own mate” – Read more

Diversity Eggs

Could Diversity Be Done Differently?

This month I attended the ODN Europe conference whose theme was OD in Action: Influence & Impact.   One of the most fascinating Open Space sessions was about Diversity and Inclusion and whether and how D&I could be approached from an OD/Change perspective.

 

I DO believe that Diversity is about changing the way we lead and do business; it’s about culture change. Diversity is not a philosophy or theology. It’s not a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) issue. It’s not a human resource initiative.   It’s a business issue. Read more