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Do we make people dependent?

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 24 March 2016



Do we make people dependent?
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 189
Posted DateThursday 24 March 2016 11:58 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

I was talking to someone recently and they told me that although people engaged enthusiastically in the workshops that they organised that when they returned to the office they fell back into their old ways of working and failed to collaborate.

Someone had suggested to her that they did not have sufficient motivation or lacked the time or that it could just be weight of habit and of culture.

But an alternative explanation occurred to me - when you organise events for people - they will usually take part, engage and enjoy but they will never learn to do it for themselves. You make them dependant on you.

I think we need to organise more open space type events where people get to determine what is important to them, what they want to talk about and what they want to do. They take ownership.

We should then join in as an equal participants or get out of the way!

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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