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The surprising power of liberating structures: simple rules to unleash a culture of innovation

By: Lipmanowicz, Henri.
Contributor(s): McCandless, Keith.
Publisher: Seattle, WA Liberating Structures Press 2013Description: xi, 353 p.ISBN: 9780615975306.Subject(s): Organizational behavior | Communication in organizationsDDC classification: 658 Online resources: E-Book Summary: When you feel included and engaged, do you do a better job? Do you think teams in which people work well together produce much better results? Have you noticed the best ideas often come from unexpected sources? Do you want to work at the top of your intelligence and give the same opportunity to others? If YES, we have found this is the kind of organization and community that people want to be part of AND, Liberating Structures help make it happen. So why is it that so many organizations of all stripes are filled with disengaged workers, dysfunctional groups and wasted ideas? While there will always be some justification for blaming leaders (or professors and administrators in education), the more compelling and useful explanation is not that people involved are bad, stupid or incompetent, but rather that the practices they have all learned are neither adapted to today’s realities nor designed to achieve the ideals listed above. Unwittingly, the conventional structures used to organize how people routinely work together stifle inclusion and engagement. Conventional structures are either too inhibiting (presentations, status reports and managed discussions) or too loose and disorganized (open discussions and brainstorms) to creatively engage people in shaping their own future. They frequently generate feelings of frustration and/or exclusion and fail to provide space for good ideas to emerge and germinate. This means that huge amounts of time and money are spent working the wrong way. More time and money are then spent trying to fix the unintended consequences. (www.liberatingstructures.com/home)
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Table of Contents:

Chapter 1. Small changes, big differences

Chapter 2. Why micro structures matter : how invisible structures shape everything that gets done

Chapter 3. Liberating structures for everyone : how easy it is for anyone to radically improve the way people work together

Chapter 4. Liberating leadership : how leaders can avoid perpetuating the problems they complain about

Chapter 5. Getting started : first steps

Chapter 6. From first steps to strings

Chapter 7. From strings to storyboards




When you feel included and engaged, do you do a better job? Do you think teams in which people work well together produce much better results? Have you noticed the best ideas often come from unexpected sources? Do you want to work at the top of your intelligence and give the same opportunity to others?
If YES, we have found this is the kind of organization and community that people want to be part of AND, Liberating Structures help make it happen.
So why is it that so many organizations of all stripes are filled with disengaged workers, dysfunctional groups and wasted ideas?
While there will always be some justification for blaming leaders (or professors and administrators in education), the more compelling and useful explanation is not that people involved are bad, stupid or incompetent, but rather that the practices they have all learned are neither adapted to today’s realities nor designed to achieve the ideals listed above.
Unwittingly, the conventional structures used to organize how people routinely work together stifle inclusion and engagement.
Conventional structures are either too inhibiting (presentations, status reports and managed discussions) or too loose and disorganized (open discussions and brainstorms) to creatively engage people in shaping their own future. They frequently generate feelings of frustration and/or exclusion and fail to provide space for good ideas to emerge and germinate. This means that huge amounts of time and money are spent working the wrong way. More time and money are then spent trying to fix the unintended consequences.

(www.liberatingstructures.com/home)

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