21st century meetings.
Surf complexity with inclusive and collaborative meetings.
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Surfing complexity

In our increasingly complex world, your organisation adapts. Knowing how to adapt is not easy to see. The way you successfully organised till now with careful and detailed planning often not holds anymore. You realise that your organisation needs to learn in a different way.

When your rate of learning does not keep up with the pace of change, you enter into complexity. The world in which you operate is dynamic and requires a new approach. An approach in which surfing supersedes planning.

Meetings are also part of the solution. Actually, they are a bigger part than you might image. They’re an often overlooked tool to surf the complexity with your team, your organisation. Meetings reflect your organization’s culture. But they should be much more. They should be the breeding ground for your organization’s culture, for the result-oriented cooperation you’re seeking.

Meetings help you make decisions, getting things done and connect with the bigger goal of the organisation. Or so you wished. In the new world your meetings often do not deliver. You realize you need a better form of cooperation in which engagement is key.

About Ruben van der Laan

My adventure with change and meetings started at the weekly staff meeting of my first job. One of my colleagues always took a nap; sometimes short, sometimes for the entire meeting. The meeting leader just let it happen and so did we, happy to leave the hierarchy do its non-interventionist job.

It showed the failure of our change endeavours and the meetings that go with them. For me, the biggest problem was in the low level of engagement. Maybe this was how meetings used to be but they were not fit for our current complex times.

So I started delving into what change and meetings should be like in this complex 21st century. And I reached the following conclusion:

  • we’re living in radical times with wicked problems and challenges (with climate change being the most wicked of problems and greatest of challenges)
  • these radical times require new and radical ways of organizing
  • leadership moves away from the hierarchy,
  • collaboration has become the modus operandi for any successful organisation
  • engaging meetings are key in making that shift happen

My passion for surfing complexity was ignited.


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