Kerry Graham writes in Pro Bono News about a need for the social services sector to reinvent itself http://bit.ly/vnZx0r
I’m glad Kerry referred to reinvention as a ‘buzzword’. I can recall attending a job interview back in 1998 where some spotty faced graduate said to me in a squeaky voice, ‘so you are reinventing yourself.’
Kramer, Porter and Hamel from MiX are correct in suggesting that we need to collaborate more, however there is nothing new in their thinking – management commentators have been talking about collaboration for the past 30 years, and we are no closer to achieving that holy grail. Crickey, most organisations are terrible at internal collaboration, I have no idea how we would get entire sectors to collaborate with each other. Unless, we took the time to learn what it is each needs and were prepared to work together towards a common dream or vision, while accepting we each will not get everything we want. How difficult can it be? A part of the problem might be that we don’t trust ourselves or anyone else.
We don’t need to reinvent ourselves. We have everything we need to achieve anything we want to achieve. We have the ability to dream up creative solutions, to have positive conversations, to share and to learn from each other. We have the tools – we just fail to learn how to use them. We need to rediscover the pleasure of working together towards a common dream. We need to share our understanding of society so that we come up with solutions that address the root cause of problems in our society.
Let’s forget the buzzwords and get back to basics. Let’s form communities of interest where people come together just to share ideas (because we can). Then let’s take those ideas and ask what can we do, rather than ask, what can we not do? What will follow would be known as collaboration and reinvention, back in the days before the Internet, Social Media and online forums!
Those are my thoughts for the day