Stories at play in our world – the context of our work

We’ve taken a standpoint on the state of our world. It is a world where problem-saturated narratives dominate and where healthy, perspective opening and possibility-generating alternative narratives are not given their place. This is an ethical standpoint. Shifting this power balance is ultimately what re:humanisation is about. We’re disturbed by how individuals are disconnected from their ‘selves’ and are stuck in living out problem-saturated narratives. We want to help people re:author their stories. We’re saddened by the state of teams [...]

Developing a strategy for the aging workforce

The issue of the aging workforce is common in organisations, particularly in large, established corporations. In most instances, a significant portion of the senior management team comprises a fair amount of employees who are about to retire. This issue has become prominent in this era of business. It has also called for the attention of leaders within various organisations, with most of them trying to devise strategies attempting to cater for the exiting employees who have reached their retirement age. [...]

By |August 3rd, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Facilitation Of Knowledge Transfer In Organisations

Knowledge transfer within organisations has always been a prominent topic in our current knowledge economy. Many leaders, practitioners and employees in different industries seem to have their own angle of understanding and interpretation on this particular issue. But I can say with no doubt that most organisations have centered their Knowledge Management practices only on technology and they are relying on tools such as portals and other automated systems as the core of their Knowledge Management processes and solutions. There’s [...]

How to create a movement

There are sooooo many theories out there on leadership. And there are soooooo many recipe's of how to shift a culture, or move a group of people in a certain direction. But there is one quintessential component to creating a movement: the first follower. This short TEDvideo by Derek Sivers captures this with a real-life example:

By |June 12th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

New seasons and adventures

Almost 7 years ago, Aiden Choles, Raymond Salzwedel and I decided to embark on a journey together that became The Narrative Lab.  Raymond has since moved on to a successful consulting career in EOH, and now the time has come for me to venture out on my own as well. I am very proud of what we've built in TNL.  In many ways, we have been pioneers.  When we started our business with an offering based mostly on Complexity thinking [...]

By |April 4th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Emergent insights on the issue of Business Continuity from the Flourish Conference

Aiden and I went into the Flourish Conference with the aim to explore what we perceived as a growing organisational challenge, Business Continuity. Reported in the narrative captures we’ve ran in various organisations is of how the efforts to improve an organisation seem to be introducing a new challenge to effectiveness: eroding business continuity. The need to secure business or operational continuity in the midst of concurrent changes emerged as a key challenge. Flourish accepted our proposal to conduct a [...]

Come and join us (for free!) at the Innovation Summit

      We will be running a workshop on "Conversation as a strategic enabler of Innovation and Collaboration" at the 5th Annual SA Innovation Summit on Thursday the 30th of August at 14:00.  We will focus on creating an experience for the participants, as opposed to simply presenting information, so we're hoping for a fun and engaging session. The organisers have kindly offered us the opportunity to issue an invitation to our network to come and visit the Innovation Lab [...]

By |August 28th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Shakespeare: A master of metaphor

We do a lot of work in the area of metaphor in organisations nowadays, and I'm continually amazed by how they pervade our everyday language.  Seems we have Shakespeare to thank for many of the terms we use. (this was created by a 20 year old literary student from London.  I can't vouch for it's accuracy)

By |August 2nd, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Narrative Lab (@WContinuity) TweetChat on “Ineffective Knowledge Transfer” (#WisCont)

What is the TNL Tweetchat about?
 Twice a month, The Narrative Lab hosts what is called a TweetChat, a fun, engaging way to collaborate and discuss a variety of topics using Twitter. Our upcoming topic is "How does ineffective Knowledge Transfer hinder business continuity?" 
Who should be joining in the discussion?
 This is a call to all leaders, practitioners and interested individuals around Knowledge and Narrative to join us for an invigorating discussion. When should you be joining us? 17th [...]

The Dumping Syndrome in Groups

Most managers wouldn't admit to it, but I suspect that one of the reasons why team development sessions are not scheduled as often as they should be is because leaders are afraid of the 'dumping syndrome'. Dumping. That analogous phenomenon that occurs when a group of people congregate and then proceed to spew forth negativity, critique and bemoan that state of affairs in their team, company, city or country. It happens around the dinner table, in corporate passages, at the [...]

By |January 9th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments