Our systems are not designed for structured collaboration. We don't fund it properly. We don't structure it effectively. We don't commit to it. And then we wonder why our half-hearted attempts don't live up to the promised impact for our communities, organisations and industries.
Leadership is a loaded word that conjures up up images of hard men making the hard calls. But it's time we redefined leadership as learning, according to the Leading in Communities workshop I recently attended. Stop being disillusioned about leadership. Stop telling yourself you're not a leader. And start learning from your everyday experiences - because that's where leadership happens.
Two months ago, I was uploading biographies for Lifehack’s Co-design for Youth Wellbeing Symposium. I didn’t have one for Lee Ryan, so I googled the name and found a world of new phrases. Playback. Applied improvisation. Lego Serious Play. Lee has trained in creative problem solving in Europe and the US, and worked for many years for TNS, a global market research company.