everyone has "answers"
Over the last four days, I spent a couple of hours each day attending a trial of an organizational culture course in the form called “Dialogic Cafe”. And this was a closed beta…. each one of the participants has considerable knowledge of cultural tools, techniques, approaches, and challenges. And this course was to be launched openly to others who had even less context.
The first three days were various stories and models that led to the fourth day. Often, it is the same old, same old stories - Nokia, Netflix, Blockbuster, IBM, etc., etc. and the same old models (different wines in different bottles) and then the storyline of why Mckinsey is “bad”, and for the final day today “what good is”. Ha.
I lost interest today. Everyone shows up with some answer. If you do this, then… you will be that. Really? And in this course, the “answer” was that if your people were able to figure out and hold multiple perspectives, then your organization would be better. Maybe? Maybe not?
I am sick and tired of contextless problem solving including what goes on in my head each day and the models that I try to create. Not for others, but for my own utility. This leaves me with only even more questions.
How would I show up?
What would be my offering?
What would I do if I do not want to use any pre-existing idea, framework, method, or tool? Or refuse to use a single method or model individually, but figure out how to use multiple models and methods that are of utility derived in the context of someone’s problems that one is trying to solve.
And would they be able to replicate this without me in a completely different and varying context after I leave them?
All good questions. And, then what? The journey continues…