Transformational change starts with space

Fig I. Reading about change. Transformational change, in fact.

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WHY DO WE INSIST on ‘making space for uncertainty?’ here at DK? Because it’s important to give room for things to emerge… things like *transformational* change.

SN, whom we met a few years ago in Phnom Penh, said this of innovation: ‘Innovation is designing solutions to the right problems, solutions that users love to use.’

Then DM, whom we’ve gotten to know remotely over the last five years ’cause of our shared interest in design for innovation, filled us in on his observations from experience that tons of people in the upper echelons of management love to *talk* about innovation but don’t actually know how to implement ways to create space that lets it happen in a _real_ way. Or see the value.

But there is value.

Of course there is.

But what? How to articulate it?

This might help illuminate the ‘why’ of making space.

Just came across a 2014 article (link below), by two folks whose titles tell us they study and think a lot about management and innovation. They say: ‘The challenge lies in shifting the role of the executive from *change agent in chief* to *change enabler in chief*.’ (emphasis mine)… Leaders need to give more attention, they say, to ‘the creation of an environment where deep, proactive change can happen anywhere—and at any time.’

What if?

Could it work?

IF PEOPLE HAD LOTS of room to simply converse, confer, and discover their way towards some kind of ‘a-ha!’ What problems might be given voice to, then given potential ideas to help alleviate, if we could just listen more to one another? Make a space. Who was it, of our old strategy mentors, who called this ‘hallway wisdom?’ Or maybe it was our own AM. Yes, probably.

The coolest things can bubble up when you’re just giving yourself time and space to reflect, to not-think, but feel-think your way towards some kind of… a-ha. In personal leadership, as well as business decision-making, too.

Let me leave you with the link to the article that I found. Helps us all see that more time and space for things to *be let to emerge* would be a good way for *transformational* change, not just ‘let’s do this and force everyone to do it’ push agenda that makes everyone roll their eyes, or throw up, or quit. Your thoughts? Curious. Listening. Meet DK on facebook, to discuss…

The link: http://www.mckinsey.com/…/build-a-change-platform-not-a-cha…

 

A day to write

A DAY. A full day. All to myself. To write. No meetings, no fast internet connection to distract and take me away into the wide cyberspatial wonders. I am happy about this time. Making the time. Showing up for myself, to finish something that, hey, it’s been a long time in the works (everything important is, isn’t it?), but I’m really excited about the way it’s been developing, changing shape as it’s come around from being ‘a book’ to something else. An ‘experience.’ I am writing today.

This upcoming one is my first work that is… science fiction. It’s set in two of my favorite cities for peoplewatching and cafe culture: Copenhagen and Hanoi. Like the magazine we publish each week here in S P A C E, the book wants to connect and interconnect, to juxtapose people and places. But it’s all based on real life conversations, characters are drawn from those inspiring people I met on my journeys over six weeks in Scandinavia and more recently, eight in Hanoi.

Gathered my notes from random conversations, chance encounters. Telling the stories. Sharing them, but in probably one of the most unusual ways I have ever done so, to date. This is going to be a… set… of, um. Downloadable PDF pages. That go into a nonlinear set. Must be nonlinear! Of. Ready for this? Of… Zines. Writing, writing, shaping this thing. Making it work, fitting it into the bounded boxes. A collection. Really jazzed, on 1 September I’ll launch it. This one. It’s pre-orderable (USD $15). Checkit: Nostalgia Cà Phê.