The Context For Collaboration

I just finished reading Community-The Structure for Belonging, By Peter Block

Some of my favorite quotes from this book include:‘Community exists for the sake of belonging and takes its identity from the gifts, generosity, and accountability of its citizens. It is not defined by its fears, its isolation, or its penchant for retribution’.

How can we translate this definition of community into our work with teams, partners,  and stakeholder?

Peter Block also describes the role of leadership in all of this and states that ‘Leadership is convening and held to three tasks: Shift the context within which people gather. Names the debate or dialog through powerful questions. (and) Listen rather than advocate, defend, or provide answers.’In our work with leaders and their teams we find that these three tasks are known by leaders and but not practiced as often as needed.

Shift the context, Name the debate or dialog, Listen!

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