Just over a year ago, some colleagues and we decided to find out either Margaret Mead was right. Could a small organisation of thoughtful, committed adults indeed change the world? Jurgen Appelo, Franz Röösli, and Peter Stevens and we got together to see either we could assistance hint a series in the way organizations around the universe are led and managed. Fat chance, right?
Well, our devise was even more far-fetched. We invited 17 others to come to Stoos, Switzerland – a little alpine encampment permitted only by rail or wire car.
The first certain pointer was that the twenty-one invitees indeed showed up. They trafficked from 4 continents to the Alps of executive Switzerland with the impractical thought facilitating a finish mutation of care and government in the tellurian business landscape.
The second good pointer was that the day-and-a-half assembly resulted in the organisation of strong-minded people with poignant differences in point of perspective reaching extended agreement on what was wrong and committing to work together to repair it. They released a simple communique that among other things described the complexity and earnest of the problem and urged organizations to turn “learning networks of people formulating value and that the purpose of leaders should embody the stewardship of the vital rather than the government of the machine.”
The third good pointer was even more important: the advocates of different approaches to formulating and nutritious these “learning networks of people formulating value through stewardship of the living” were means to set aside their differences and get behind a common thought that reflected the commonalities of their viewpoints. The Stoos 21 declined to mention the ‘right way’ to lead or conduct or any sold roadmap to success. Instead they invited others to join the mutation and assistance make the mutation happen.
In one year, 1,500+ join the Stoos Network
The subsequent good pointer was that the invitation got an evident and clever response. Over the twelve months since the initial Stoos gathering, more than 1,500 people have answered the call and assimilated what has turn famous as the Stoos Network.
Want to join: go here!
And follow the sharp-witted contention about the Stoos Network on Twitter with the hashtag is #stoos.
A number of Stoos “satellites” have sprung up around the world, including 6 in the US, thirteen in Europe and 3 in Asia-Pacific. Along with several vital gatherings during the year, there have been large numbers of meetings in the satellites. So much activity has been generated that it has in fact been formidable to keep track, let along take stock, of what has been happening. These developments are really rather remarkable, given that it has all happened casually but executive direction.
The subsequent step: Stoos Connect on Jan 25
Now a new miracle is imminent. Stoos Connect is a six-hour online eventuality that will take place on Friday 25 Jan 2013, informally also famous as World Stoos Day. Stoos Connect offers a possibility to take batch of what has happened, to weigh the border of the progress, to lay skeleton for swelling the mutation and make the tipping point indeed happen.
The core of Stoos Connect is in the De Balie (Salon), Leidseplein, Amsterdam, and facilities a good speaker lineup, including Roger Martin (dean of the Rotman School of Business), Dan Pink (author of Drive), Jurgen Appelo (Management 3.0) and Lisa Earle McLeod (author of Selling With Noble Purpose). Over twenty satellites around the universe will participate.
Stoos Connect will be a live promote around the Internet. Unlike many any other online events, the promote is dictated not only for individuals. The organizers are enlivening satellites to set up earthy sites where locals can accumulate together to attend in the eventuality as a group. Some twenty sites have been set up. More hit information for each site below.
Our bargain of the problem has deepened
Stoos Connect will be an eventuality to commend that over the course of the year the tellurian bargain of the problem that we are traffic with has broadened and deepened, both within and over the Stoos movement.
Thus there are finally signs that the omnipotence of the dumbest thought in the world—maximizing shareholder value –is coming to an end. Despite rearguard efforts from The Economist to urge the indefensible, the Drucker Forum in Nov 2012 came out strongly to put this noxious thought behind us.
Another standby of 20th Century government thinking—sustainable rival advantage—also had a severe time during the year. Today, there is a flourishing approval that in the 21st Century the only analogous advantage is temporary. The stirring book by Professor Rita McGrath of Columbia Business School, The End of Competitive Advantage, should serve drive home the point.
During 2012, we also started to see signs of reversing the most myopic preference in the world: general out-sourcing.
While the scariest story in the world–big banks and derivatives—got a whole lot scarier, we now have a clearer and deeper bargain of what’s wrong and how to repair it.
Overall, by year’s end, there was a much crook and wider recognition that we are in a phase change to a different and more artistic kind of economy. It’s good to see that more and more companies, like Whole Foods, are exemplifying the model change in government and propelling others to join them.
So nonetheless we’re not nonetheless at the tipping point, during the year we saw critical signs that we are removing there. There is a flourishing recognition that the change is a change in the government paradigm, not just about adopting some new collection or processes. The change is as transformational as the change from the Gothic perspective that the object revolves around the earth to the perspective that earth and the other planets revolve around the sun. It is a elemental transition in world-view. Once people make this shift, all is different.
Next for Stoos: a mutation of movements?
Different speakers at Stoos Connect will benefaction their views on where to from here. My possess speak will prominence the need for the Stoos mutation to go over being a singular large-scale tellurian mutation on the possess (already a poignant accomplishment) and in further catalyze “a mutation of movements”.
Thus the Stoos mutation is not alone in pulling for a change in the care and government paradigm. Other movements that are honestly dedicated to achieving a model change in care and government embody the Management Innovation Exchange, the Drucker Society Global Network, the Beyond Budgeting Roundtable, the Scrum Alliance, the Agile Alliance, the Society for Organisational Learning and the Daedalus Trust.
The movements have more in common with each other and Stoos than they have poignant differences.
The form of care and government they are all referring to is radically different from the government mindset of most of the Global 1000, from the government practices customarily advocated by heading consulting and private equity firms, and from the government practices taught in the infancy of courses in today’s business schools and distinguished forever in some government journals.
Recognizing and operative together with these other movements will be the pivotal to accelerating the mutation and removing to the tipping point.
Join Stoos Connect!
If you too would like to be a ‘steward of the living’ than “a manager of the machine’, greatfully join one of the Stoos Connect satellites next and attend in this tellurian eventuality on Jan 25:
- De Balie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Main Venue
- Munich, Germany [email@example.com]
- Berlin, Germany [firstname.lastname@example.org]
- Barcelona, Spain [email@example.com]
- Madrid, Spain [firstname.lastname@example.org]
- Hamburg, Germany (external link, will open in new window)
- Melbourne, Australia (external link)
- Bordeaux, France (external link)
- New Haven, CT, USA (external link) [email@example.com]
- Oslo, Norway (by Oslo Lean Meetup group) (external link)
- Sao Paulo, Brazil (external link) [firstname.lastname@example.org]
- Upper Silesia – Oberschlesien, Poland [email@example.com]
- Ottawa, Ontario, Canada [firstname.lastname@example.org]
- Zürich, Switzerland [email@example.com]
- Vilnius, Lithuania (Adform) [firstname.lastname@example.org]
- Skopje, Macedonia (private association event) [email@example.com]
- Chicago, IL, USA (exact plcae t.b.d.) [firstname.lastname@example.org]
- Geneva, Switzerland (exact plcae t.b.d.) [email@example.com]
- Research Triangle Park, NC, USA (exact plcae t.b.d.) [firstname.lastname@example.org]
- Denver, CO, USA (Oppenheimerfunds) [email@example.com]
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