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Thinking tool 3: Getting on the balcony (liveblog)

November 3rd, 2009

@sarahdalt0n whitebait for lunch shifted my thinking about conference food…

We’re all in our post-prandial dip, filled with lunch and good conversation, as Jennifer Garvey Berger introduces Thinking Tool 3.

Last year J and her family went walking in the Grand Canyon. J notes that there are no guardrails on the trail…

For a mother of a small child, the dropoff felt terrifying, so I spent much of the walk keeping an eye on [my young son] Aiden – keeping him away form the edge. But every now and then I would remember to look up [she shows us an amazing vista photograph of the grand canyon panorama]

This is a segue into the third thinking tool. Jennifer suggests we all tend to fall into this thinking – to be focussed in on the here and now, the immediate threat/issue/need, so much so that we often “forget to look up”. She discusses what this means for us in the context of ourselves within our organisations.

(Her powerpoints will be added to this blog in the future so you can experience this session vicariously through her slides!)

Jennifer gives us questions to discuss:

What are the norms which need challenging?

What is the conflict that needs discussing?

What are the roles which need redefining?

What is the pressure we should harness?

Some tweets:

@shiftingthinkng hmm, these are some good questions we could think about at NZCER – next staff meeting?

@StephaniePride@shiftingthinkng we all need 2 b leaders so we all need 2 have futures competencies & futures literacy

@whakaritorito Need to challenge norms that make us feel most comfortable

@Muzza007 But there is a MAJOR difference between the role of a manager and the role of a Leader…these roles cannot afford to be confused

There are some comments and discussion from the floor…..

And Jennifer hands over to the next speaker, Keith Johnston.

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  1. schoolgov
    | #1

    Yes, this sounds like the ‘capstone’ question. @Maurice

  2. Maurice
    | #2

    and one more of Jennifer’s questions:
    • What is the challenge we’re trying to understand?

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