SPNM at Harvard Day 3-4

July 19, 2018 Blog, Sustainability Comments (1) 102

Hard to keep up with this schedule!  We have four case studies per day and today we also have our peer consultation, where the other 7 people in our living group provide feedback on a strategic challenge within our own organizations.  That should be fun!

I will dutifully explain how this is my financial stability plan…

One of the great advantages of a course like this is taking the time to look at organizational issues analytically.  This is extremely difficult within the everyday.  Plus, the faculty here are giving us excellent frameworks that help us perform these analyses, as I explained in the previous blogs.  One of my favorites from yesterday was a triangle that helped diagnose problems within a labor force.  It involved intuitive categories like Capability (skills training, etc.) and Motivation (involvement in mission) but added the key category of License.  License is what you are allowed to do.  License gives the staffer agency and some autonomy, which provides positive feedback to Motivation and ultimately to Capability.

My other big takeaway from yesterday has to do with the purpose of an organization.  Feature this:

The purpose of an organization is to reduce the friction that comes when people work together toward a shared goal.

More to come…

One Response to :
SPNM at Harvard Day 3-4

  1. Susan Beavin says:

    Wow. Love your financial stability picture, and the purpose of an organization. Lots of food for thought.

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