Organizing retrospective 107

This is a post in my series on organizing ”between and beyond.” Other posts are here. This is a retrospective of what has happened during the week. The purpose is to reflect on the work itself. Here is my previous retrospective. Here is my next retrospective.

What has happened? What needs to be done?
This week, I’ve continued to post daily reflections about generative organizing:

  • MondayGenerative organizing bypass “formal stuff” and happens in the “crunch time” when people “huddle up.”
    Inspiration:  A mail from Harrison Owen to the OSList. A continuation of this and this reflection.
  • TuesdayGenerative organizing calls for a conscious commitment to creating fertile conditions for life to flow and thrive accross our organizational ecosystems and beyond. It’s about reconnecting with what really matters, acknowledging the precious gift of life itself. It’s about finding and staying in the flow.
    Inspiration: This and this article by Michelle Holliday (@thrivability).
  • WednesdayGenerative organizing is to actively participate in exploratory conversations that matter. This leaves people feeling enriched, inspired, and alive.
    Inspiration: This article by Esko Kilpi (@EskoKilpi).
  • ThursdayGenerative organizing calls upon wholeness for guidance and direction. It’s more an undoing than a doing, which we often stumble upon in times of crisis. When we reclaim who we are, we also remember our basic human qualities. We already are the role models we seek. Wholeness is never lost, only forgotten.
    Inspiration: Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen.
  • Friday — The essential aspect of generative organizing is the sensing of the whole organization and the total situation. It’s a felt experiencing which transcends logical analysis.
    Inspiration: Managing as a Performing Art by Peter B. Vaill.
  • SaturdayGenerative organizing involves people getting together to discuss common problems, coming to mutual decisions, and taking action. It requires building trust and relationships. Creativity and experimentation are necessary.
    Inspiration: Abolish Human Rentals posts by David Ellerman. The idea that it’s not ok to rent human beings is profound, and it has revolutionary implications. I need to come back to this.

I’m still reading Rachel Naomi Remen’s two excellent books Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings. I’m also reading Peter B. Vaill’s Managing as a Performing Art: New Ideas for a World of Chaotic Change.

What was good? What can be improved?
My daily reflections (and weekly retrospectives) are a way to gather input and ideas. They are worthy of continual rereading and reflection.

Related posts:
Organizing in between and beyond posts

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Jan Höglund has over 35 years of experience in different roles as software developer, project manager, line manager, consultant, and researcher. This is his personal blog where he shares his reading, book reviews, and learning.

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