Tomorrow, in our Surrey Quays abode, Kaleidoscopians will be coming together to plan the future of our organisation. To paint the scene for you, that’s 6 of us moving our intense gazes around the table as we ponder how to build an ethical organisation, owned by all, aiming to think differently about health and healthcare.
Some of the questions we’ll be wresting with include:
Working out who we are at our core. What does it take to be part of a mission driven organisation? Do we need people to be kind first and foremost, or capable? Which begs the question of what does capable look like at our organisation:
Are we following the right folks? Tomorrow we’re set to assess two alternative ways of running organisations, one pioneered by Brian J Robertson, Holacracy, a world of no hierarchy, but a ‘nest of circles’, and Frederic Laloux’s reinvented ‘teal’ organisation, preaching ‘inner rightness, service to the world, with calling and purpose”.
How do we assign roles? Everyone is being asked to write about themselves, on the skills and qualities in which they shine, and identify those where they falter. This ‘resume’ will then be shared with the group, from which we will decide who does what at Kaleidoscope.
How do we keep in line without line managers? A buddy system has been proposed, in which we pair up with someone else whose ‘resume’ is near opposite to our own. With this, they can act as a counterbalance to trickier questions we’re asking ourselves, such as, can I take 3 weeks off to go do an Eat, Pray, Love journey?
Quite simply we want to make work work. We want for work not to feel like a chore to pay the mortgage but a soul serving vocation. In practice though…..well, we’ll find out tomorrow!