The bad news for the kind of organisations that are being found out and cannot change to the changing world, is that their show is coming to an end (and good riddance!).
We hope that what is their loss is a wonderful new opportunity for a new cast, a new production, a new type of show.
So, what would a future A-Team performance look like and who would feature? If we had to create new teams that thrived in the emerging future, what abilities and strengths would be needed?
Mixed age and experience
There is no substitute for experience, doggedness, patience and wisdom when the going is tough. And there is no substitute for a young mind and heart when the challenge is complex, novel, fast moving and requires boldness, enthusiasm and collective effort. And there will be no time in the coming transition when both are not on part of the production.
Mixed gender and ethnicity
No cast or performance of the future will be lopsided. The richness of dialogue, perspectives, cultures and beliefs entwine in a wonderful flow to deliver the future. The guiding hand of Kaitiakitanga (Māori for the role of guardianship)and the abundance of energy, bought by all walks of life, dissolves the most challenging predicaments. The cast is cognisant of each other's strengths and relishes the opportunity to advance them.
Artistic and Scientific - 'Neural diversity'
There is no substitute for proper problem formulation and problem solvers are lost in this domain, sometimes found solving the wrong problem. The artistic soul can naturally express what could or should be and the gap to be reconciled or the awfulness to be exposed. They might struggle over and over to create the picture, the story and the new object that breaks
ingrained thinking or ideology. Sometimes it comes freely as if it had be waiting to be born for years and when it is done they become bored and restless. At this moment, enter the problem solver, engineer, pragmatist - the stage is yours to deliver the solution!
Heart, Soul, and Backbone
Those that are deeply sensitive, struggling or traumatised by the absurdity of the current system - have a role to play in shaping the story. Handicapped physically or mentally, or forced by everyday life to struggle and battle a way forward, they are the ones that understand the changes needed. There is no-one else who can know how hard it is. They feel and sense a reality that most of us cannot or ever will, and we are better for having their
wisdom woven in to the plot and our practices. They teach us what to appreciate.
Onstage - Backstage
There is always leadership and apprenticeship. Sometimes it needs to be felt and sometimes it is better left to the imagination or out of sight. The show can't happen without individual moments of brilliance, grinding teamwork and mistakes that deepen understanding and wisdom. You might be a leading light out front or you might be content with knowing that the show couldn't have happened without the support crew. No one gets to the top of Everest
without base-camp. Everyone who gets there knows that.
Here at Transition-HQ we think a lot about the future, what will matter next year, the year after and beyond. How will people organise themselves, transform their ways of working or even transform themselves along the way? Our passion and journey is uncovering and working with these truths and we are making progress. We hope you join us.
One of our course students had this to say recently:
“The Real Transitions Leaders course is an opportunity to thoroughly examine the key issues that need to be faced if we are to successfully decarbonise economic activity over the next ten to fifteen years and secure a better future for our children. The course is taught in a relaxed format with plenty of opportunity for reflection and discussion. Transition as a concept is placed in the context of a social process, as well as a technical process - true transition is about people. Fiona
and Grant are great facilitators who bring experience and wisdom to the discussion. I have no hesitation in recommending this course to others”
This weeks quote
Nothing beats a live performance. Nothing.
- Jonathan Demme
Grant Symons - The Transition Guy