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LILA Summit 2017 Animation: Adaptive Culture

LILA Summit 2017 Animation:  Adaptive CultureBecoming an adaptive culture is no small feat– demanding we keep transforming to sustain our organizational “fitness”, while at the same time sustaining an internal environment in which our people can thrive amidst change and uncertainty. We invite you join us in this ongoing inquiry, making sense of what it means to be an adaptive culture. More »

Frustrated or flourishing? Three ways we make sense of challenges at work

Frustrated or flourishing? Three ways we make sense of challenges at workSally Maitlis shared her research which revealed that, in the face of challenges, there are three pathways that workers take:   Identity Path: in the face of threats, they rely on their sense of who they are Contribution Path: in the face of threat, they try and use their skills to help Practice Path: in the face of challenges, they learn skills as part of the work   What’s important is that these paths explain different outcomes of employees – the identity and contribution paths lead to frustration, burn-out and leaving the organization. Only the practice path, which is about viewing the work as an opportunity to learn the practice of the work, individuals are able to move through challenges and flourish.  This is important because the most passionate and committed people might be the most vulnerable because they may be driven by a strong identity and contribution mindset. I wonder: what identity structures are people using when they take the “practice path”? It’s not that they aren’t using an identity structure in face of challenges, More »

Growing through loss: How we make sense from trauma

How do people overcome devastating and traumatic experiences and grow? Sally studied artists who experienced injuries that resulted in which they couldn’t do their art anymore. These are experienced as highly distressing, traumatic, and threatens their core identity. It’s about loss. These events trigger sensemaking: who am I? What is my place in the world?   People who grow from these events create meanings: The injury as growth or loss: while painful, it helped them grow by opening up new worlds and possibility, made them stronger, or revealed some deeper struggle that could be resolved. Others didn’t grow and instead felt it simply ruined and defeated them.   Self as evolving or diminished: they draw clear boundaries, expand their former identities, or find ways to have continuity. Others defined themselves in the absence of their former self.   The work as connected or disconnected: Some continue some relationship to the art but on different terms and different roles, but still are connected. Others completely separate.   A big idea is that there are enabling and disabling meanings of traumatic events. When people have narrow, singular identities that are more vulnerable.   Secondary identities, range of personal experiences, and social connections are resources for resilience.   And organizations need to acknowledge and support people through sense of “loss” that is a normal part of the human experience.   I wonder: what are ways to design for dealing with micro-loses in organizations? How is the identity of a practice (e.g. cellist) different from other more entitative More »

February 2017 Animation: Creating Cultural Contagions

February 2017 Animation:  Creating Cultural Contagions This is the animation from the February 2017 gathering focused on Creating Cultural Contagions. What did you see in the animation? What did it make you think about? What are you wondering about?   Click to read the More »

April 2017 Animation: Connecting Cultures

April 2017 Animation:  Connecting CulturesThis is the animation from the conversations that took place during the April 2017 gathering focused on the theme of Adaptive Cultures and specifically the topic of Connecting Cultures. Click "more" to view the More »



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