Together with Peter Senge, Peter Block is one of the seminal figures of organizational development (though ironically, neither of the two makes use of that terminology. Block’s The Empowered Manager originated the empowerment movement. His Stewardship took these ideas to a new and surpassed level, though Robert Greenleaf’s Servant Leadership has to be cited as an important precursor. His Flawless Consulting has often been described as the “bible” for consultants.
With The Answer to How is Yes, Block extended his thinking more into the social and philosophical realm. He then widened those concepts with Community: The Structure of Belonging. Together with John McKnight, he then wrote The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods.
Block and McKnight’s Abundant Community blog is an important source for those interested in organizational and social reform. Their concerns have included education, government and now healthcare.
Abundant Community is championing collaborative healthcare. Unlike traditional systems, which emphasize individuals, authority, treatment, explicit communication, and medical expertise, the collaborative system is based on teamwork, participation, values, sharing and empowerment.
Collaborative healthcare has also been espoused by the Center for Creative Leadership. Similar approaches have been applied by the Chicago Center for Family Health, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing, and even by software vendors.
Abundant Community is offering a free online conversation on collaborative healthcare on February 11, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern Time. The featured guest is Dr. Paul Uhlig of Central Plains Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Taos Institute. For those not available at that time slot, the program will be archived. Epsisode 19 Archive!
–Jim Murphy has a solo consulting practice called Management 3000, focusing on organizational development and change management. Formerly he led the Massachusetts Bay Organizational Development Learning Group, was Human Resources Director for the City of Boston Assessing Department, and served as a consultant with the Boston Management Consortium. His consulting practice includes management coaching as well as research and writing on employee relationships, leadership, healthcare and collaborative practices. Having produced newsletters for several organizations and being a frequent content writer for the”Confident Voices in Healthcare” blog, he is interested in writing and research opportunities, as we all consulting and coaching. www.manage2001.com firstname.lastname@example.org