Organizing retrospective 24

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?
More books are arriving now than I have time to read. Social Capital by Nan Lin and Connectography by Parag Khanna arrived this week.

Social Capital by Nan Lin and Connectography by Parag Khanna.

I still have to read Management of the Absurd by Richard Farson and Good Business by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, which arrived three weeks ago.

Management of the Absurd by Richard Farson and Good Business by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

This week, I’ve continued reading Bob Emiliani’s posts and papers. Here are his posts on Lean Leadership. And here is a post on respect for people, which I wrote based on Bob Emiliani’s writing. The historical development of Lean is interesting. I see similarities with the historical development in other areas.

Source: Bob Emiliani,

Last week, I asked what pathways there are to deeper generative organizing? This has led me to revive my interest in the decision-making of the Quakers. There is something generative going on in seeking the sense of the meeting. Here is my review of Beyond Majority Rule: voteless decisions in the Religious Society of Friends by Michael J. Sheeran. This book is based on Sheeran’s doctoral work in the 1970s. He spent two years conducting interviews, reading, and observing the actual decision-making of the Quakers.

Beyond Majority Rule by Michael J. Sheeran.

Today, I did my own observation of the actual decision-making of the Quakers in Stockholm. I will write a post on my observations next week. I would like to take the opportunity to express my gratitude to the Quakers in Stockholm for letting me observe their decision-making. Nedless to say, I’ve become a friend of the Friends.

Kväkargården, Stockholm.

My first contact with the Quakers was three years ago when I participated in a training course on their decision-making. I’ve written about my experiences here (in Swedish).

What was good? What can be improved?
I enjoyed my trip to Stockholm today.

Riddarholmen with Stockholm City Hall in the background.

As always, I also appreciate the feedback I’ve received on- and offline.

The inquiry into generative orders for organizing need to be generative itself.

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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  1. Hi Jan

    Although I have been travelling and not in my normal work mode I have done my best to keep up with your great series.

    I know you had some doubts about writing in English, but I was wondering if in a forthcoming post you could begin to write a little about your narrative, or maybe a better way of putting it is to start to write a little around how you are structuring your thoughts.

    Just to give you some encouragement, our holonomic circle framework developed over the course of maybe one or two years. The final structure came to me one morning without really attempting to create a structure, I was swimming and it came to me from nowhere.

    My point in sharing this is to say that I know a lot of people would be interested to hear some thoughts on how you are starting to integrate all you are reading – I certainly would.

    With warm regards


    1. Writing about my narrative is a good idea. The initial structure came to me about six months ago and is inspired by Bohm & Peat’s thinking, but I need to develop it further.

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