Inspired by the Dish with One Spoon

Having recently arrived in Canada, I am inspired by the first people of this land who created a wampum (covenant) called The Dish with One Spoon. And grateful to meet so many people here in what was first called "Tkaronto" who are moved to honour this treaty made between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas, and Haudenosaunee, where [...]

2024-03-09T14:18:43-05:00February 1st, 2024|Organisation|

Beyond diversity: Full inclusion

Situation Several thousand high-end professional employees in blue chip financial services business. Overall demographics more or less matching those of South Africa, and generally positive relationships in the firm. And top leadership is concerned about inclusion: People work together, yet go home to divided communities where inequalities are stark The higher in the organisation [...]

2019-04-22T13:59:56-04:00April 22nd, 2019|Org Case Study|

What it really takes for smart collaboration

Business cases for smart collaboration abound, yet genuine creative collaboration in business is remarkably rare. As Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School Heidi Gardner PhD points out in her forthcoming book Smart Collaboration, people need to collaborate across a variety of specialisations as well as personal and cultural differences for them and their businesses to [...]

2024-01-31T13:00:31-05:00April 20th, 2019|Organisation, Team|

Constellations – the language of human systems

Last week it was brought home to me just how important constellations are as the language of relationship systems (relationship system = an interdependent group with common purpose or identity). A group of relatively new ORSC practitioners was meeting on Skype, coming from a variety of dimensions of our world – working in the [...]

2019-05-02T10:23:17-04:00April 20th, 2019|Organisation, Team|

Lessons from the person who bought my business

Just over ten years ago, I sold my shares in the hi-tech business I had co-founded, and stepped out of the founder-CEO role. Recently I asked the buyer (who took over as CEO) to look back on the time of negotiating my departure and his takeover. Since then he and his team have [...]

2019-05-02T10:22:52-04:00April 20th, 2019|Individual, Organisation, Team|

Ubuntu’s roots go back a long way

We grew up in an era dominated by individualism and competition. These human traits have driven the accumulation of wealth, power and technological advancement and taken the world to a place where we stare into an abyss of global inequality and conflict. Many decisions are still being made on the assumption that it is [...]

2019-05-02T10:30:18-04:00April 20th, 2019|Individual, Organisation, Team|
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