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Collective Mindfulness: Shaping the Human Systems in Organizations

Collective Mindfulness:  Shaping the Human Systems in OrganizationsLILA Theme for 2018-2019:  Collective Mindfulness:  Shaping the Human Systems in Organizations In dynamic environments, how might we create the conditions that improve the quality of interactions in order to nurture collective sensemaking and collective action?   What are the states of dynamic organizations as they evolve and change?   Exploring collective mindfulness—defined “as the collective capability to discern discriminatory detail about emerging issues and to act swiftly in response to these details (Weick, Vogus & Sutcliffe) might provide some answers.  This year, LILA turns its attention to understanding how to nourish the organization and the systems whose future we hope to shape.  Systems which are first and foremost human ones.  With this perspective, we take into account that a key to organizational change involves not only rethinking the shape of the organizational chart, or reimaging the spaces where we work, but also in tending to what makes us human: the personal, the aesthetic, the narrative, the emotional, and most crucially, the relational. To read the full theme description, click LILA More »

LILA 2018 Summit Animation: Emergence in Organizations

LILA 2018 Summit Animation:  Emergence in OrganizationsThis is the animation that reflects how the LILA community made sense of the theme of Emergence in Organizations: Shaping the Future as it Unfolds. To watch the animation click the play More »

LILA faculty for April 2018 gathering: Tensions of Leadership for Emergence

LILA faculty for April 2018 gathering: Tensions of Leadership for EmergenceGuest Faculty Mary Waller and Jim Hazy who will join the LILA community for the April 2018 gathering. Mary is currently Professor of Management at the Neely School of Business at Texas Christian University. Jim Hazy is a Professor at Adelphi University with thirteen years of academic experience is research and More »

"Experiencing emergence, emerging experience" - Donald MacLean

Every emergent system, whether it be musical improv or dance, has a discipline. The discipline is critically important, it defines the process of how we craft our plan for interaction, the reality of the activity, how we experiment, and then how we make sense of that experimentation. We felt this in our opening activity! Along the we each person receives feedback. Negative feedback is information that drives a system back to a predetermined state. Positive feedback drives a system forward, away from predetermined states. In many ways this is how we manage the More »

Leadership of emergence: How to generate new order?

Leadership of emergence: How to generate new order?Benyamin provoked us to consider four phases that occur when we create the conditions of emergence, each with leadership More »



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