Yesterday I wrote about the World Cafe I was preparing for today. We did this conversational process this morning with about seventeen people altogether, exploring some issues of change within the Church of England. The photograph shows how we trapped some of the findings in graphic created by the table hosts.
Some reflected that even with a group of seventeen, some of the more vocal members could drown out the quieter ones, but with this process everyone was given a voice and was heard. The general feeling was that it worked very well.
Last night I gave a presentation to the group on the findings of a conference first reported in this article in FastCompany. in May 2005. I remember the article created quite a buzz at the time, and I'm pleased to see that the author of the article, Alan Deutschman, has gone on since to publish a book on the finding from science on how people make enduring behaviour changes.
How people can and can't make the breakthrough to sustained changes of behaviour should be of keen interest to all leaders. I've found that whenever I've talked on this subject people are both surprised and encouraged.
See my Shaping Change Lens.