With contributions from Genuine Contact Professionals around the world, find inspiration, stories of experience, and practical tips for living and working the Genuine Contact way.

 

What if everyone who is here is right?
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I spend a lot of time speaking with leaders in organizations and teams. We talk about how to improve communication. How to develop a strong working strategy. Ways to enhance the leadership culture of their organizations. We design meetings for people to bring in creative ideas and turn them into action. … Read More

What is Open Space Technology?
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One of our preferred methods, when we are asked to facilitate a group, is Open Space Technology (OST). Our clients, whether in the private or public sector, get results from an OST meeting greater in both quantity and quality than they initially thought possible. After a simple planning process, the facilitators … Read More

The Failure of Traditional Re-engineering Methods
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Over the last decade, many organizations have attempted to bring about needed change by re-engineering efforts. There is increasing evidence of the failure of these efforts. Traditional re-engineering efforts, although well intended, have not taken critical factors into account including the length of time needed for implementation. Managers often complain … Read More

The Magic of Working the Genuine Contact Way
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For those of you who don’t know me, I live in Spain, but lived most of my life in Venezuela.  And I’m sure most of you know how crazy the situation is there.  There is no way of explaining what happens there because there is no previous historical reference to … Read More

From One Leader to Many Leaders
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By Birgitt Williams. Published in the At Work Journal by Berrett-Koehler, 1997 and again in Leverage Journal 1997 A Canadian social services organization incorporates Open Space into its culture and thrives For ten years, I was CEO of a Canadian social services organization. I had been in this position for … Read More

Being Raised in Genuine Contact
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    This post was originally published under the title “Being Raised in Open Space” in 1999 and appears in the book The Genuine Contact Way: Nourishing a Culture of Leadership. As Genuine Contact has evolved, many people have begun to wonder if this would be a good way to … Read More

Leadership Development vs Leader Development
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It is helpful to consider what is commonly called ‘leadership training’ as actually being ‘leader training’.There is a difference, especially regarding application of leadership, and it matters. Recently I met with a well seasoned ‘Leadership Development’ trainer. She is deeply dedicated to the development of people, and has devoted her career … Read More

Mentoring Circles and Masterminds
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The “Master Mind” may be defined as: “Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.” ~ Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill was one of the first to write about the “master mind alliance”. … Read More

Genuine Contact as a Holistic Approach to Organizational Development
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The Environment Change is constant. Change cannot be managed. Solutions must be found quickly to complex challenges and opportunities. Solutions must be understood throughout the system so that individuals can make individual decisions to take on the new. Knowing what works is harder than knowing what doesn’t work. 90% of … Read More

Are you under pressure from the Christmas co-illusion?
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How many of us think that Christmas will not arrive if we have not done this and that? Or that we will have that fairy tale Christmas they show on postcards if we just do certain things? Can you keep a secret? Christmas will arrive anyway, on December 24 or … Read More

The Stunning Effect of Liberating Structures
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Givens as Prerequisite for Maximum Freedom, Maximum Choice When I did my Genuine Contact training in 2003 I learned from Birgitt Williams about what she referred to as “givens”. The “non-negotiables” for Open Space Technology meetings or any other meetings in which people participate. These givens, provide them with orientation … Read More

What’s your worldview – sink or swim?
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Years ago I moved to the Netherlands to work at a Dutch professional University. I was surprised that many students had real difficulty with even the basics of writing academic papers. In talking to my colleagues, I found out that were very frustrated about this. Their explanation for it was … Read More

Consciously creating the climate – a pathway to success in business
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What is it that makes some organizations so attractive for employees while others have a difficulty filling their teams? What is it that makes work seem smooth and … Read More

Leading with High Impact
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When I met people in leadership positions in a Norwegian community, they all wanted to use more time leading and less time managing. They instantly saw the difference between leadership and management, which not all people do according to John Kotter, professor of leadership at Harvard University. His definition of … Read More

How Much Structure Do You Need to Feel Free?
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In 2009 I was at a Summer Leadership Intensive from the Genuine Contact Program. The facilitator, Birgitt Williams, invited the group to reflect on this question:  “How much structure do you (personally) need in order to feel free?” I have carried this question with me ever since.  It informs my … Read More

Imagine if we could put all of our minds together – no challenge would be too great
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How often have you sat in a meeting, or with a group of people and had that thought?  If we could all just come together, bring in all of the intelligence, the heart, the experience of everyone involved, surely we could find a solution. I know I have felt that … Read More