Model for Unleashing
When it comes to large-scale change, we define success as orchestrating the loss of control of thousands of people you’ll probably never meet moving in generally the desired direction. We call this kind of success “unleashing.” and it forms the core of our approach. Contrary to most management approaches oriented around systems of control, the Model for Unleashing aspires to create a contagious context of liberation. But it’s not a loosey-goosey “let 1,000 flowers bloom:” rather, we will teach you how to create the structures and conditions that make it possible for unleashing will occur.
We’ve observed from the people we’ve worked with, that regardless of which sector they’re in (education, health care, human rights, etc), if they’re not experiencing success in spreading/scaling their model, it’s often because they’re making a critical error in at least one of these four areas:
- Dig Deep. They are not sufficiently rooted in their own story, moral compass, values, and motivations for doing their work, nor are they sufficiently versed in the systems and history that created the problem they’re trying to solve. To fix this, you need to DIG DEEP.
- Dream Big. They think too small, too slow. Or too big, too fast. Many leaders err by playing it too safe (and never reaching their potential impact), or by being too vague and grandiose. To DREAM BIG, you discover the “just right” amount of “how much, by when.”
- Add Zeros. They believe that attempting to control things is “good management.” This is not always true, especially when it comes to large-scale change. You have to get people you’ll never meet to change their behavior. The good news is there are ways to create structures and contexts within which this can happen. We’ll show you the right way to ADD ZEROS.
- No Heroes. When they hit a snag, they believe the problem is “out there.” Their fear of failure causes them to rush in, to try to fix things that are not their responsibility. Or, to point fingers to make sure everyone knows who’s fault it really is. Or just curl up on the couch and wish it would all just go away. But once you learn how to reliably step into healthy responsibility, you attain the ultimate key to the large-scale change universe: NO HEROES.
We believe that when leaders use our approach, they will be well on their way to saving the world without losing themselves. We know that’s a tricky balance to navigate. We want your efforts to succeed without you burning out because we want the best and brightest in the work for the long-haul. That’s why we’re here.
To help you decide which is the best fit for your needs, please see a summary of each offering below or refer to this table. If you still can’t decide, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Selena at firstname.lastname@example.org.