What I’m doing now
I’ve had my consultancy and facilitation doors shuttered since June while emigrating to the USA and being restricted from work (awaiting a work permit). To those who have expressed a interest on working together, I thank you for your patience. The process is slow and no certain end date at this point. In the meantime, I’ve been upping my skills and looking to volunteer with local non-profit organisations.
The new LSP Directory from Brickstorming is up and running and will hopefully make it easier for interested parties to find qualified facilitators: LSP Directory Profile. Looks like I am currently one of two certified in the Boston area currently.
Exciting times both personally and professionally. Progress finally on my US immigration process having completed the medical and scheduled my consular interview. All being well, should be able to focus on marrying my wonderful fiancé soon.
Professionally it’s been a busy time with research and report writing, plus a number of new potential client proposals. It’s exciting to see how many potential crossovers there are for collaborative working practices, management facilitation and my background in media/ publishing.
Highlight on the month was attending the Annual Members Day for the Institute of Collaborative Working in the beautiful Lansdowne Club. Reminded once again the complexity and necessity of collaboration as a distinct discipline.
I spent most of March in the UK working on two projects with my collaborators, Best Practice at Work. The projects are in quite diverse fields one being related to workforce mental health provision on a major construction project, the other related to establishing a strategy and product definition in the entertainment industry.
I also attended the Collaborative Leaders course run by the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), covering the framework and requirements for ISO 40001. I am pleased to say that after the exam, case study and partnered exercises I was successful and became a member of ICW (and now qualified to use MICW behind my name).
The course was extremely useful in validating some of my own approaches and experience in collaborative working and afforded a look into other industries such as construction, consulting, defence and air traffic solutions. ISO 44001 provides a detailed framework upon which to base the development of corporate strategy and operational excellence in collaborative endeavours. It can be scaled to initiatives of all sizes and includes key areas, such as:
- Corporate strategy
- Competencies and behaviour
- Knowledge sharing
- Value creation
- Collaborative contracting
- Continuous improvement
The framework will allow me to better serve clients looking to develop, or who have collaborative working strategies.
Currently I am on an extended visit with my fiancé and her children in Winchester, Massachusetts. We are all shaken by the expected loss by the Patriot’s in Superbowl LII. I will return to the UK in February 2018 and remain contactable on all usual channels.
There are a couple of new things I am working on:
- Establishing my own facilitation and consulting business – Collab Practices
- Having been certified to design and facilitate workshops using the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method I’m looking to utilise the methodology within my practice
- I’m somewhere in the process of emigrating to the US, which is a long and complicated process lacking any notable timeline
- Furthering my research into collaborative working practices to complement many years of working in various partnerships
I’ve been putting together some ideas for a blog I want to launch as part of my website. It’s amazing how I have no shortage of ideas, yet have not yet managed to complete a single article!
WHAT IS A NOW PAGE?
A now page is something suggested by Derek Sivers and introduced as a more personal way to give updates to people you haven’t seen in a while. Sure you can use FaceBook or LinkedIn, but what are you up to in a more macro view?
See more about now pages at nownownow.