Post by George Johnson, Vision Coach and Chief Vision Officer at The Team Coaching Zone
When you think about the vision and future of your organization, the first thing that comes to your mind is your CEO. After all, it’s their job to define that, isn’t it? Not necessarily. Now, we are seeing a dramatic shift in how leaders lead, and this shift is about involving the team in the important decisions affecting the organization. With more openness, collaboration and transparency, leadership can forge a new path ahead.
No one defines this better than a recent guest on the Team Coaching Zone podcast, Keith McCandless, the Co-Founder of Liberating Structures. During his interview, he discusses how Liberating Structures is really a collection of 33 novel habits that comprise of little shifts in the way we meet, plan, decide and relate to one another. Essentially, they put the innovative power once reserved for experts only, in the hands of everyone.
And it’s not just another team building activity – Liberating Structures serves a very real purpose.
With easy-to-learn microstructures that enhance relational coordination and trust, they are able to quickly foster lively participation in groups of any size, making it possible to truly include and unleash everyone. In fact, I believe that Liberating Structures are a disruptive innovation that can replace more controlling or constraining approaches.
Curious to try one? Check them out here, and let me know what you think. Have any other activities you’d like to suggest? Leave a comment below! I would love to hear your thoughts on how we can work towards innovating leadership even further, together.
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George Johnson has been coaching executives and their teams on vision and strategic planning for over 15 years. He is a partner and Chief Vision Officer for the Team Coaching Zone. Learn more about him here.