I’m going Board Watching
Why am I watching Boards?
With lots of encouragement from The Scottish Government and memories of a great experience last year I have signed up for the U Lab Course created by Otto Scharmer and his team at MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). U Lab is an on-line course that connects people across the planet and describes itself as “An introduction to leading profound social, environmental and personal transformation”.
One of the tasks set in Week 3 is to undertake a Learning Journey to a place that interests you. I want to notice what’s different about the Boards of successful organisations and those that seem to be struggling, and find new ways of helping Boards perform better.The purpose of a learning journey is to “allow participants to break-through patterns of seeing and listening by stepping into a different and relevant perspective and experience”. So it’s not just about what you find. It’s also about improving the quality of your listening, suspending the Voices of Judgement and Cynicism and observing with appreciation and curiosity.
I decided to take my learning journey to Boards and learn what I can about the people who lead and provide governance to our public sector organisations. I know a lot about Boards, at least I think I do, I’ve been working with them for most of my working life. However, it’s a long time since I just sat and observed a Board in action. I want to look with fresh eyes. I want to notice what’s different about the Boards of successful organisations and those that seem to be struggling, and find new ways of helping Boards perform better.
Over the next few months I’ll be visiting lots of public sector Boards across Scotland and writing about what I find.
If you would like to find out more about the Board Watch project and how you can improve the quality of your Boardroom Conversations, then drop me a line – firstname.lastname@example.org