“Bad leadership decisions arise from a lack of clarity about what’s true - either inside you or around you” http://t.co/ytBR3SR8Fs
I’ve found so many examples of where this is true for me. Here’s a small one.
A lot of what we do internally at Cocomotion is around simplifying things: we live* in a complex world, and the key to dealing with it lies in simplicity, not in complication. We’ve been working for a long while towards our vision of Cocomotion as a co-creative space where innovative and exciting projects emerge from the conversations between people. The first one of these Coco Spaces is at the end of June - and I’ve been organising it. My personal strengths are conceptual (I’m an N if you’re into MBTI) and N-wise I’m very clear internally about where we’re going. But I often stumble when I get to the concrete - over-thinking is something I try (but can easily fail) to avoid.
So the first Coco Space, open to organisations as well as our own people, started to become something of a big deal for me over the past week - should it be really open? should the first one be more controlled so it works ‘better’? who should come? have I got the right venue? - and so on. I was heading off on holiday for a week - I’m writing this sitting under a tree in Delft - and found myself on the night boat on Wednesday, as we sailed off out of mobile reach, emailing my colleague Haley suggesting a reschedule.**
Fortunately she, at least, is holding the simplicity and clarity we have been striving for, and the answer pinged back in no uncertain terms: “Key to the CocoSpace is that it is the interactions that happen there that are important, not who, where and when…let it happen!”
“Let it happen!” Words to sleep with on the North Sea. It’s fascinating to me how easy it is to over-complicate, to postpone whilst we “think about it a bit more”, the drive we have to be able to predict the outcome - even when we are, as in the case of the Coco Spaces, merely setting the conditions for serendipity.
*I typed the word three times into my ipad and it came out each time as “love”: read whatever you like into that.
**And this one was ‘reset heckle’…