Negative Capability is Cool

Indian business leaders Anil Behal, has written an excellent article from his own business leadership experience about how leaders need to have the capacity to tolerate and work with uncertainty.

This is core to what we help facilitate in our organisational development work. ‘Certainty’ and too much ‘containment’ is often a killer in working well with the context. Being able to lead with integrity, yet not have all the answers is more essential than ever. The full article is from Management Next, June 2010.  download the full article here

Its useful to see this in such a public sphere.  There is also a longer more academic article and other relevant references that we can send you if you wish.

Oxfam Humankind Index

In April Oxfam Scotland published the ‘Humankind Index’ which provides a serious alternative for measuring economic progress in Scotland. If you want to know how human scotland is, you can use this index for measuring the progress.

In the report it measures the differences in the last 5 years. The index was created by a combination of community based research together with economic data indexes that are freely available in the public domain. You can download the full index document from the Oxfam Scotland website. Craighead was one of the key partners doing the community based research.

Developing Your Organisation programme

With more and more change impacting on organisations leaders are having to look at their organisation and their leadership strategy with fresh eyes, and re-develop their organisation faster and faster. This programme takes managers and development workers in organisations through a supported journey working on their real development issues, yet together with learning from other similar organisations.

During the programme everyone is learning tools for changing their organisation, working with resistance to change and complexity, while re-looking at their own leadership challenges. The programme runs over three short modules with coaching support in between from September 18th – December.  Due to the success of this programme and the feedback from participants about its value, further dates have been set for the next programme in early 2013.
Full details via GCVS – email or phone duncan@animateconsulting.org.uk

Using Action Learning in Your Organisation

This is a new publication, that enables managers and leaders to set up and run all sorts of Action Learning based ways of working in their organisations. The guide is written by Duncan Wallace together and published by one of our community based client organisations, Drumchapel Life, through whom we have been doing a range of action learning sets with over 32 organisations in the west of Glasgow.