We have an informal network of coaches and consultants who have an affinity with Blueprint. The network is inclusive and open to any coaches or consultants who believe that the purpose of business should benefit society and respect the dignity of people.
There is no formal structure or membership fee. People are welcome to engage at any level they wish.
We arrange regular meetings to enable members of the network to share and discuss their experiences and to meet other like minded people. The next meeting will be on 22nd September 2020. If you would like to join us please contact Soulla Kyriacou.
The purpose of the network
- To help grow the Blueprint movement via coaches and consultants using Blueprint in their work with their clients and to guide their own businesses
- Ultimately, to create a group of coaches and consultants who can work with large corporates to help them use the Blueprint thinking
- To help companies working with Blueprint and who have their own preferred coaches and consultants by seeking to involve those coaches and consultants in the network
- To create a tribe of like-minded people who can listen to and learn from each other – in essence a community of learning and sharing
In order to maintain our independence and reputation as being independent, we will not accredit or endorse any coach or consultant. We are happy for coaches and consultants who are part of our network and who have integrated our thinking into their work to say this, but ask that they do not hold themselves out to be accredited by us.
Summary of the recent sessions
Below are brief summaries of the most recent sessions with some links to further information if you would like to find out more:
10th March 2020
“Leaders in all walks of life – in politics, the media and business – have a choice about what they appeal to in other people. Do they appeal to their fear, their greed, their selfishness, or do they appeal to their generosity, their desire to contribute, their selflessness? The kind of society we end up with depends a lot on that choice which leaders make.” Václav Havel
Charles Wookey our CEO gave a brief overview of the thinking behind Blueprint, what makes a ‘purpose-led’ business as opposed to a business that simply has a purpose and some do’s and don’ts – he has summarised this in his recent blog: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/putting-purpose-practice-5-donts-3-dos-charles-wookey
Exercise 1 – we discussed: What is it that most resonated with you from what Charles said? What is your work in service of? What are you seeking to achieve in the world through your work? What is your top fear / challenge?
Dee Corrigan, who leads on our work with corporates shared some insights from the work we have been doing with some large businesses:
- The importance of CEO and senior leadership buy-in, but with the awareness that there can be a potential ‘shadow side’ of too much focus on the CEO – if the rest of the leadership team and business are not on the same page and not speaking truth to power
- The challenges around integrating the work companies are doing on CSR, sustainability or responsible business with their core business strategy – so that the positive social and environmental impact that arises from the company’s activities arises from the core business succeeding not through doing activities ‘on the side’
- Some organisations have an action addiction and move into action without really fundamentally challenging their underlying assumptions about business and people, this can lead to a series of great changes but no real underlying change, whilst others can get paralysed by the broad holistic nature of this work combined with the uncertainty in which all businesses are operating and spend a lot of time navel-gazing. We need to meet the organisation where they are and challenge and support in the right areas to help achieve a balance.
- How hidden assumptions and limiting beliefs can hold organisations back from courageous change. And how we have found it helpful to think about these in these three ways:
- Capability – we can’t do this (e.g. we lack investment, people, skills, our organisation is decentralised)
- Value – it’s not worth doing, they have not developed a belief that what is better for society and better for people is also better for business, there are fundamental trade-offs (e.g. doesn’t make good business sense, too much effort)
- Identity – it’s not for us to do (e.g. it’s not the role of our business to do)
Exercise 2 – we discussed: What are some of the assumptions / limiting beliefs that might be holding your clients back from making the change they need to make? What might some of the unintended consequences of your work be? How does having awareness of these help you drive the change I want to see your clients making?
17th September 2019
Sarah Rozenthuler – led a session exploring four types of organisational purpose – she explained that despite good intentions, many ‘espoused’ expressions of purpose are some distance away from the ‘actual’ purpose that the organisation embodies. In our groups we looked at how these four types of purpose related to each other in different organisations and how we might go about helping to better align the actual purpose with the true and espoused purposes of the organisation. CLICK HERE to see the ‘tool’ Sarah shared with us.
Tracy Skyrme, from Tapestries – shared insights from a live example of work she has been doing on purpose in a large corporate. She explored how coaches and consultants working with companies can sometimes feel. We explored this on our tables, discussing how we can embody who we are, how we can be close enough to be relevant but not so close that we are captured and other challenges we face in this type of work.
Julia Rebholz – shared insights from her work on shifting mind-set and led an experiential exercise asking us to explore how we felt when we are at ‘peace’. This uncovered a set of qualities that show up every time she has run this exercise, which she described as our ‘natural state’ when we are at ‘peace’ and when we are ‘still’. She then described work she has been doing with companies where their purpose acts as a signal and reminder of this natural state. If you are interested in hearing more about this here is a link to a program on 14 – 16th November Insight Principles : The Next Paradigm.
Rosanna Williams-Wood – described the work of The Trusted Executive Foundation with NAHL and discussed trustworthiness in business. You can find more information here: https://trustedexecutive.com. CLICK HERE to see a page from the NAHL annual report which explains how they have integrated the framework that Rosanna shared with us.
Tim Malnick – from Different Space – led a session exploring our unconscious stories about money as a powerful way to support purpose led and responsible work for individuals and organisations. You can find out more about Tim and his money work at his website: https://differentspace.co.uk/the-money-workshop/. For those interested personally in going further there is a two day Money workshop coming up in London on 22nd & 23rd November (begins Friday after lunch, ends Saturday 18.00). Details here https://differentspace.co.uk/events/