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Leading changeA guide to whole systems working$
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Margaret Attwood

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344496

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344496.001.0001

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Meeting differently: large and small group working

Meeting differently: large and small group working

(p.111) Seven Meeting differently: large and small group working
Leading change

Margaret Attwood

Mike Pedler

Sue Pritchard

David Wilkinson

Policy Press

Although in most cases this is an impossible aspiration, the key issue in designing whole systems development processes is to develop ways in which the actors can see, understand, and think through their ways of working together on issues that cross organisational and community boundaries. This chapter examines the ways in which groups – both large and small – can meet differently to enable the principles of whole systems development to be practised; explores the leadership, design, and logistics of big events as one key mechanism for meeting differently; discusses the consultancy support needed to assist these ways of working; encourages one to reflect and learn from personal experiences of meeting differently; and explores the notion of ‘everyone in the room together’ as a metaphor for meeting differently as practised particularly through processes of action learning.

Keywords:   whole systems development, consultancy support, action learning, meeting differently, organisational boundaries

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