A wet, but determined runner following a riverbank path in the rain. The simple goal is to be as fit as possible by 30th June. My surgeon Sarah has told me to get ready for a major operation coming my way, so every day starts with a lengthy walk or run along the beautiful Karawirra Parri (River Torrens). This story is about a journey of discovery, healing and the parallels with my work in executive development and culture change.
“Hey James, can you send us a proposal? We have a culture problem that needs fixing.” If I had a $100 for every time I have fielded this request…
At CulturAlchemy our first response is to ask two primary questions:
1) How do you know that you have a ‘culture problem’?
2) Why does it even matter?
These two questions unfold a rich process for explorative dialogue that is learning and begins to diagnose the underlying issues. This process can take days, weeks and even months to unfold.
How the stories we tell frame our response to challenging times.
As Victoria goes deeper into lockdown and other states seem destined to follow, we may feel a sense of descent into darkness, a heaviness, perhaps even depression.
So; I’d like to pose a question for reflection:
Looking back over your life, what were the experiences, the turning points that most led to growth and development, that “made you who you are today”.