A lovely nest of posts around responsibility and action begins with Matt Moore and Anne Murphy proposing their Collective Change Cycle for deliberating and acting together on wicked problems.

In the comment/trackback stream Stephen Collins (@trib) on The next stepIt’s the next step, the tangible action, that’s wicked about all of these problems. And it’s next steps that we lack in solving all of the big problems we face.”

Stephen links to Umair Haque’s The Builders’ Manifesto post in the Harvard Business Review.  “I’d like to advance a hypothesis: 20th century leadership is what’s stopping 21st century prosperity.” He contrasts leaders with ‘builders’ and gives individual examples.  His principles of Constructivism are food for thought.  It’s about individuals learning and inspiring -setting off chain reactions to act – together.

  1. The boss drives group members; the leader coaches them. The Builder learns from them.
  2. The boss depends upon authority; the leader on good will. The Builder depends on good.
  3. The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. The Builder is inspired — by changing the world.
  4. The boss says “I”; the leader says “we”. The Builder says “all” — people, communities, and society.
  5. The boss assigns the task, the leader sets the pace. The Builder sees the outcome.
  6. The boss says, “Get there on time;” the leader gets there ahead of time. The Builder makes sure “getting there” matters.
  7. The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown. The Builder prevents the breakdown.
  8. The boss knows how; the leader shows how. The Builder shows why.
  9. The boss makes work a drudgery; the leader makes work a game. The Builder organizes love, not work.
  10. The boss says, “Go;” the leader says, “Let’s go.” The Builder says: “come.”

Lynn Walsh – workshop and meeting facilitator, Sydney

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