Category Archives: Appreciative planning

Do you really want to make a sustainable difference?

It’s over ten years now that I have been using appreciative and strengths-based approaches in individual and organisational development settings. I have been working with a number of coaching clients recently who spend a good deal of time describing the problems and challenges they face and how their organisations tend to respond quite elaborately to these aspects, paying particular attention to the problems and looking for the quickest fixes. This concentration or perhaps over-concentration on the ‘deficit’ view, speaks to the enduring and maturing debate around the merits of taking a strengths-focused approach to change and improvement, compared to the… Read more
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Change and ensuring great culture doesn’t go in the cuts

As we enter a period of substantial, long-term and ¬†discontinuous change for organisations in all sectors, the reality that we will lose massive experience and talent is unavoidable. The headlines tend to concentrate on the loss of jobs, people and resources – rightly so. There is though another risk of loss that is less obvious yet potentially more damaging to the long term health of an organisation. That is the loss of ‘culture’, i.e. “the way we do things around here”, the often ephemeral yet vital social ‘glue’ that binds many organisations together, sets them apart from the herd. This… Read more
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The Open Channel – October Newsletter

We are delighted to welcome you to the October 2012 edition of The Open Channel Newsletter. The Open Channel is a venture borne out of a passion for supporting change and our belief in the strength of people and organisations. Janet Dean and Steve Loraine are senior practitioners in public sector service delivery and work collaboratively with private sector, voluntary and community organisations.¬† Do contact us to find out how we can assist you to manage your change challenges. Led by Janet Dean and Steve Loraine, two highly respected and experienced independent public service advisers, The Open Channel has a… Read more
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Planning in a Pickle

On the ResPublica blog (not a place I visit often)¬†there is an interesting and accessible blog concerning the planning system. Written at the back end of last year, and therefore before the Localism Bill was published, it remains nonetheless a helpful contribution to understanding the dilemmas of ‘localising’ the planning system yet somehow avoiding the worst aspects of nimbyism, as well as how to encourage developers to engage in meeting local need more successfully than the claimed simplistic housing quotas. For instance, one comment about the blog suggested that Eric Pickles, by abolishing targets for new house building had… Read more
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