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Are You Able To Embrace Chaos?

Can Chaos Help Us Flourish?

Podcast with Peggy Holman


Today’s Guest:

Peggy Holman is an author and consultant who employs dialogical practises to turn passivity into participation. Her award-winning book, Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity, provides a roadmap for tackling complex systems challenges. In the Change Handbook she and her co-authors profile 61 processes that enable diverse groups to create their desired future. As co-founder of the non-profit, Journalism that Matters, Peggy has helped to cultivate a journalism community of practise that is committed to journalism, which supports communities and democracy to thrive.

Today we’re talking to Peggy about what researchers are learning enables workplaces and systems to flourish, and why chaos rather than balance holds the key to learning and growth. Peggy shares her insights on how to create positive disruptions that enable a system to change, why passion and responsibility are the keys to authentic leadership and how leaders can mobilize and support people in taking action.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [03:40] – Peggy explains why workplaces often approach change in ways that undermine people’s ability to flourish.
  • [07:47] – Peggy talks about how to actively guide disruptive factors, rather than taking a passive approach.
  • [15:16] – Peggy discusses the benefits of open space technology.
  • [18:47] – Peggy explains why workplace and people are wired for self-organization and why leaders struggle to embrace this opportunity.
  • [22:25] – Peggy gives explains the power of passion and responsibility and how this shapes our ability to be authentic leaders.
  • [23:20] – Peggy talks about new change approaches that are being used in workplaces.
  • [25:11] – Peggy provides some cautions and caveats when implementing changes to help workplaces flourish.
  • [25:51] – Lightning round with Peggy Holman

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Until next time, take care!  Thank you Peggy!

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