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Making Teal real

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The Teal Exchange, 1-day event, 3 March 2017, London EC1.

The term ‘Teal’ to describe the corporation as a living organism was proposed by Frederic Laloux in his book, Reinventing Organizations. The color teal, along with its living organism metaphor, is seen as the next phase of organisational evolution.

This concept of an organisation as a living entity, with its aspirations of self-management, wholeness and emergent pupose has captured the mind of many corporate leaders, coaches and advisors. Indeed, many Teal-focused forums are springing up around the world, where business leaders and consultants get together to share experiences and create a better tomorrow. They are asking…

In our current climate, how does this concept become a reality?

One challenge is that the business world does not have the artifacts or language needed for such a paradigmatic shift. Many believe that the models and inspiration we seek lie not in the business space, but rather on the periphery, perhaps in unexpected disciplines and concepts, places we less often explore.

In this spirit of exploration, Agile consultant and ‘untangler’ Tobias Mayer has created a 1-day event. The Teal Exchange invites business leaders, workers and consultants into dialog with, for example, artists, poets, theologists, biologists, musicians, psychotherapists, life coaches and organisational change agents. Alison Wooding, co-founder of GenerativeWork.Space, is one of the guest speaker/facilitators on the day.

If you would like to explore the promise of Teal, come along on 3 March, London EC1 (9am-5pm). Full details can be found here on Eventbrite.

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The evocative work of Equality

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Generative Work.Space is co-hosting the Quaker and Business conference on Embodying Equality in work on 9 November at Friends House in London. This heartfelt project offers a space for participants to hear about extraordinary work in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and to move from insight into action.

Inclusion is at the heart of systemic work. It is based on an understanding that all living systems have a collective memory and that we all have an equal right to belong, whether on a temporary or permanent basis. Evolution created this mechanism to ensure the survival of the whole, not the few. It is an intelligence of living systems that creates feelings of belonging, wellbeing and safety.

In experiential terms, we have an emotional connection and a felt sense of the whole. There is a recognition of ‘all of us’ though this is usually unconscious. What this means therefore is that we also register exclusion, even if that fact is largely being ignored because we may be choosing to look away or feel too overwhelmed to deal with it. If any person, people or group are being marginalised, ignored, abused or even killed, we deal with the effects of this on everyone. We see this everyday in the interconnectedness of world affairs.

This systemic understanding means that we all matter and we all have a place, a value and a role to play in the life of the system at different levels: familial, social, organisational, and so on. Part of the beauty of next week’s conference is that we are undertaking a journey of different dimensions, with:

  • self-awareness – what parts of myself do I exclude?
  • work system-awareness – to which intitiatives can I contribute in my work/organisation and where do I fit in the many different identity groups?
  • societal system-awareness – what impact is our vision, our initiatives & our being having on wider society and the ecosystem?
In the context of Brexit and the rise of Trump in the U.S. we know that the question of growing divisions and polarisation between different groups needs addressing. As we grapple with the reality of a global world, of living together as multi-cultural communities and a changing sense of identity, what will make a difference? As leaders of business, used to connecting people for mutual benefit, can we step forward and play a vital role in the deeper service of social integration and inclusion?
Please come along and join the co-hosts and our amazing speakers – Michael Lassman, Marcus Alldrick, Rehena Harilall and Satish Kumar. Booking details here