What is Groundwork?
Groundwork is all about tending to the obvious and not so obvious elements necessary to allow us to meet and work well together, regardless of the content, scale or type of stakeholders involved. These elements fall into four categories:
1. Strategic Planning
Building shared clarity around your vision and strategy, and capacity to harvest learning and be responsive to emergence.
2. Organising and Structuring
Defining the organisational patterns patterns patterns, structures, roles and responsibilities that allow you to be most effective as a team.
3. Identifying Essential Tasks
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4. Personal and Collective Practice
Groundwork combines intuitive mental-models with well-defined personal and professional practices for building the necessary capacities for you and your team to contribute your best.
The ideas that make up Groundwork are in no way new or revolutionary. Rather, they are a distillation of the collective knowledge and experience of hundreds of practitioners of these arts, accumulated over the past 20-30 years.
Ultimately, two things are important for us. As with any other art form, Groundwork is about practice – moving from ideas to application. Groundwork is also about building capacity – scaling our collective abilities to meet and collaborate effectively in service of what is needed.
planning the harvest
As with any growing practice, Groundwork practices are adapted to the context and purpose of the project and the specifics of the intended yield. For example, preparing for a strategy meeting with a well-known team as part of an ongoing project will be different to preparing for a one-off, international, multi-stakeholder event. Obviously, the decisions and actions resulting from each event will be different, and yet Groundwork yields results that are common to all meetings. These include increased participation, wiser decision-making at all levels, saved resources, stronger relationships, increased trust, loyalty, commitment and overall wellbeing.
Who is it for
We invite you to see this as inspiration to reconsider the way you approach the conversations you are already having, and to begin the ones you have always wanted to have.