1. Readiness Runway

Welcome to the Readiness Runway! This phase of the Collaborative Change Cycle
is all about cultivating urgency for change, having conversations and dialogue about the need for working differently, forming relationships, and building trust.

 

What you might see

  • Community members talking about the need for leadership but looking to others to lead;
  • Government agencies acknowledging the need for community leadership but not being sure how to enable or support it;
  • Service providers committed or tied to existing service provision and feeling that they are too busy to ‘step up’;
  • Existing leaders being encouraged and rewarded for maintaining status the quo, with change initiatives being ad hoc or short lived;
  • Recognition that the way services are delivered and existing ways of working together, need to change, but thinking that change lies with others;
  • Community members have an emerging sense of urgency and possibility for change.

 

 

What you can do

  • Identify existing leaders who are open to new ways of working.
  • Identify and support potential or emerging leaders to advocate for collaborative change;
  • Explore how to build trust and ways of working together before attempting to establish a shared agenda or forming a formal leadership group or ‘backbone’;
  • Lead with questions to diagnose where there is readiness for change and resist the pull to providing solutions;
  • Develop a sense that it is possible to achieve different outcomes by working differently;
  • Identify where there is urgency for change and consider those who have the most at stake.

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The Water of Systems Change Action Learning Exercise

This resource helps individuals think systemically about social change, explore what is happening below the surface on issues they care about, and determine how they and their organizations can pursue large-scale change in a disciplined and holistic manner.

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The Dawn of System Leadership

This resource describes the core capabilities of system leaders and describes the means by which they may be acquired.

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Making Sense of the Multiple Faces of Leadership

This resource describes different approaches to leadership and identifies those best suited to collaborative community impact and systems change.

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Leadership in the Age of Complexity: From hero to host

This resource describes the difference between leaders who need to be the centre of attention and leaders who create the conditions for collaborative outcomes.

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