Why PL in business and organizational context?
Welcome and framing
Opening words about inspiration of hosting team to offer this learning opportunity, invitation process and purpose that brought us all here (Jasmina), participatory work and art of hosting background (Jan), leadership input - lead from where you are (Cate).
Leadership culture and Four fold practice
Cate offered perspective of different leadership cultures: dependant, independant and interdependant and in what kind of organisations they fit and why. Leaders who are keen to see their organisations work along Teal practices, need to role model the behaviours associated with: self-management, wholeness and purpose. Participatory leadership methods support these practices and can accelerate the progress forward. It was hard to stop conversation in the circle around what works in our organisations and what kind of purpose they have and why some leadership culture work and why not. It was so obvious people are "hungry" for conversation about leadership, what works and why and what is our "leadership dream".
First mental model offered in this training was "For fold practice" (Jasmina) with the purpose to understand why leadership and hosting "walk hand in hand". Participatory leadership is based on the Art of Hosting practice whereas hosting is a systematic approach for giving attention and care to all aspects of people’s work together - we host people in coming together, being engaged, innovative and successful. Hosting meaningful conversations means creating space for exploration, exchanging ideas, offering resources, creating innovative solutions and learn individually and collectively. In order to become learners and move toward community of learners and community that learns, we have to develop consciousness about different roles in implementation of participatory leadership, roles which are folds or perspectives of the same approach and have to come in front of our organizational positions or business functions. Being truly present (hosting yourself), engaging skilfully in conversations (participating), being a good host of conversations (hosting others) and engaging with others in co-creation (co-hosting) are all practices or skills that are easily understood, but it takes continuous practice to sharpen and enhance these skills. This is the essence of the "Art of Hosting" and basic practice underneath all methodologies and tools which we use in PL. Four fold practice input was used also to invite participants to step into the hosting practice during the training - hosting matrix was offered as a place to sign in!
Closing day 1 + Preparation for hosting on day 2
After closing of world cafe, day hosts (Jan and Jasmina) shared evening news (Choco crash invitation, preparation for hosting tomorrow) and closed the day 1. All people who signed up for hosting gathered around landscape to understand the purpose of next day and how their parts fit into the training design. It was wonderful to see people who have met for the first time this morning, work together as a team and prepare for hosting which is also new to them... - such a great energy and inspiration to the whole group...!
What are the underlying patterns of PL?
Day 2 started by welcoming and framing (day hosts Adrijana and Miljenka), and then first hosting team of participants stepped in and hosted wonderful check in. So creative and right to the purpose!! Thanks Marija, Elizabeta and Magic!
How to ensure that process outcome has a real impact?
After Jan's input on harvesting and how to ensure refeeding of the system, harvesting team (Simona, Lara, Iva, Katarina and Martina) hosted process of reminding ourselves what are individual, collective, tangible and intangible outcomes of day 1.
Methodology exploration through story telling
World Café (Jasmina), Open Space (Adrijana), Appreciative Inquiry (Jan)
Direction - Alignment - Commitment
Leadership exists if Direction, Alignment and Commitment are present and in balance - if one of those pillars is missing, leadership will be disrupted (it's like three-leg-table). Direction refers to vision and purpose, Alignment to principles and culture and Commitment to self-management.
Reflection on hosting practice
AoPL training is specific as from day 2 participants have opportunity to step into the hosting role and become part of the hosting team. it was beautifully to witness courage, energy and inspiration in this group as all of the available places were signed so fast.... As feed forward to "new hosts" and to the whole group, we offered space to reflect on hosting practice from 3 perspectives:
- host (how was for you to be a host? how you felt?)
- participants (how was for you to participate?)
- coach (what was good? what could have been better?)
Great conversation took place in the circle and we all have received valuable inputs that will encourage us to do more of this work!!
Sales team in NGO (Goran), How to raise accountability / engagement in organization / within leaders (Sanja), Hiring HR in IT company (Bruno), Breaking the silos in organization / Communication across silos (Vedran), Positive business lab (Dijana), Engaging team in redefining decision making process (Katarina)
Whoever comes are the right people...!
Andrijana Filipovic, Bruno Alfirevic, Dijana Galijasevic, Elizabeta Sarjanovic, Gordan Novak, Iva Maksimovic, Josua Lerga, Julija Skoro, Katarina Vitezovic, Ksenija Kovac, Larissa Winter, Maria Claudia, Marija Agic, Marija Selesi, Marjana Bonaca, Marko Marinovic, Martina Tunukovic, Mirna Rotim, Robert Jenovai, Rochele Melo, Sanja Jasprica, Simona Frumen, Vedran Vukotic.
We had great time in hosting this group and learning together with you...! Thank you from all of our hearts! Adrijana, Blanka, Cate, Jan, Jasmina and Miljenka