Can the most productive meeting be one that starts without an agenda?
Can one minute of silent reflection change the outcome of a meeting?
Canpeople in an organizationoffer contributions that make a real difference?
Can meetings be fun?
With Liberating Structures, answers to all those questions can be an enthusiastic "Yes!"Henri Lipmanowicz
and Keith McCandless
tell how Liberating Structures work in their article in Performance
a quarterly business publication of the Global Business Thinktank of
Ernst & Young.Liberating Structures are a growing collection of
processes and methods that make it quick and easy for a group of any
sizeto change how its members interact and collaborate. They are
designed to tap intocollective intelligence,liberate energy and
stimulate creativity. You have probably heard of Open Space Technology,
Conversation Cafes, and Storytelling.There are many more creative
processes, and some may surprise you. They are interesting to learn,
productive to use,and engaging for participants who discover that their
own ideas are significant, and that people in conversation together can
produce solutions for all kinds of thorny issues.
experience of these authors, both Liberating Structure
pioneers,including and unleashing everyone bringshope and trust to
organizational life.Henri Lipmanowicz is a founder of Plexus Institute
and chairs its Board of Trustees. He retired in 1998 after a 30 career
at Merck, where he was president ofInternationaland Japan division.
Keith McCandless, a founding partner of the Social Invention Group,
a consultant with expertise instrategic planning, leadership and
organizational development.Lipmanowicz and McCandless both served as
coaches for healthcare organizations in inthe Positive Deviance MRSA
Prevention Partnership, an initiativeto halt the spread ofMRSA in
Read their article,"Liberating Structure: Innovating by Including and Unleashing Everyone,"
and learnhow thesepractices can bring about positive change in large ad small organizations of all kinds.