What’s perhaps the most important attribute for anyone working with change in human systems? A high tolerance for ambiguity.
We thought we’d start the CocoSpace series by getting to grips with ambiguity straight away, so we gave the evening a simple opening. Here are the people in the room; here are some crayons, some sheets of paper and a video camera. With those ingredients, what shall we make together?
What we made - at the same time as doing some useful live coaching work - was a template for having a generative conversation in a group, which we’ll take forward into July’s space.
Jo Munday (thank you, Jo!) made this 90-second video of the evening, interviewing me on the spot about the process unfolding in the room.
We took a highly emergent path - an initial hesitation, a tentative departure, a decisive division at a fork in the road, followed by a coming together again, and a concluding with a wonderful turning point when we realised how simple the rest of the CocoSpace series could be…
The evening worked for the simple reason that those present embraced the tension of not knowing what they might create, and trusted in each other to make something from what was there.
The next CocoSpace is, appropriately, about trust in the workplace. Look out for the invitation.