💡15-minute FOTO ∙ Landscape of Innovation Approaches ∙ Assisted Serendipity 🌿

Curated Strategy & Organization resources #61

Dear readers,

We’re expecting a peak in client work in April and we’ll take a break from publishing the newsletter until we’ll regain a sustainable pace for creating it at its usual level of quality.

The next edition will be published on Thursday, May 6th. We’re also preparing a small surprise for the next time we meet in your inbox. Stay tuned!

Lots of inspiration,
Raluca & Bülent


15-minute FOTO

One of the ways to explore desired outcomes in a particular context is by using this short exercise that’s part of the Agendashift, created by Mike Burrows. The exercise is inspired by Clean Language, which uses some clean questions like:

  • What would you like to have happen?

  • What kind of (outcome)?

  • What obstacle might be in the way of (outcome)?

  • And when (outcome), then what happens?

From our practice: We’ve coupled discovering desired outcomes (by using these questions) with drawing a causal loop diagram around these outcomes and then with a collaborative inquiry about the leverage points to influence the system in scope towards the desired outcomes.

Recently, we’ve started connecting this with the Pareto principle, especially when it comes to achieving strategic outcomes by building business capabilities to stabilize the outcomes (as variables) in a desirable range.

Landscape of Innovation Approaches

This diagram from the States of Change team has a certain beauty to it:

Multiple “innovation approaches” are structured into four spaces:

  • intelligence space – focuses on approaches that help you make sense of and conceptualize reality

  • solution space – focuses on methods that help you test and develop solutions

  • technology space - includes approaches and technology that enable action and change, such as digital tools and data-related methods

  • talent space - focuses on how to mobilize talent, develop skills and increase organizational readiness in order to ultimately make change happen

This particular phrase resonated with us and our Sense & Change mantra:

These spaces are built on the premise that in order to create change, you need to make sense and understand reality, as well as develop solutions and interventions to change that reality.

Bonus: you’ll find links detailing all the “innovation approaches” mentioned in the diagram. Enjoy the exploration!


How can you assist serendipity while distributed?


Social Support Networks

Insightful study shared in the managing people with data newsletter:

Key points

  • When we lack resources to cope with situations, we reach out to our social support network.

  • If people in our social support network do not have the means to help us (time, money, energy, information), we feel helpless. Our mental health deteriorates.

  • Thinking about how people in our social support network are related to each other helps create a solid and cohesive social support network.

  • Companies should recognize and reward the voluntary support employees provide to each other to reduce turnover intention.

    Remember, your network's size is less important than the density of (imagined) interactions for getting out and seeking help. What matters is the density or how close people are.


ODNE Conference 2021: COMMUNITY

Bülent will be co-hosting one of the Regional workshops in the second day of the conference.

The session will focus on developing internal communities of practice, sharing practical examples, useful practices and exploring together a series of questions around the topic.

The whole ODNE Conference this year focuses on the theme of Community, looking at it from multiple perspectives. Register here


Sense & Change guides that might be useful:

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