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The Action Spectrum offers a framework for taking actions in mechanistic controlled spaces as well as complex, adaptive, organic, complex spaces and the expectations and metrics to consider for each …

The Action Spectrum offers a framework for taking actions in mechanistic controlled spaces as well as complex, adaptive, organic, complex spaces and the expectations and metrics to consider for each area.

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  • What a great slidepack ... WOW ... herewith you integrate (using spiral dynamics colors) the Blue/Control, Green/Guide, Orange/Nurture languages and show in one picture that it's about situationally using and cumulatively appreciating the different these different metrics or 'languages' or worldviews ... WOW
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    • 1. Action Spectrumportfolio development across the control, guide, and nurture realms by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 2. Action Spectrum Control Guide Nurture by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 3. Control Control Closed, simple systems and predictable consequences. Mechanistic. Reductionism works. Short timeframes and quick feedback loops. Most organizations focus attention: place boundaries claim ownership set clear expectations by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 4. Examples Control Flip a light switch. Light turns on. Record image and sound with a video camera. Turn key in car, ignites engine. Engine runs. by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 5. Process Control Action triggers result, possibly through a series of cascading actions. If the result does not happen, troubleshoot elements of the “closed” and known system. Improvement comes from increased efficiency. by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 6. Metrics Control Measurable, Countable Clear relation of input to output Dependable and predictable Zero-Sum Examples: # of parts or products, amount of money, or length of video, rate of production. by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 7. Benefits Control Excellence of what is known. Known and clear agent or authority. Predictable outcomes. Easily measurable results. by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 8. Risks Control Monoculture Brittle, non-learning Tendency to stay small scale. Effort needed to “control” grows exponentially with linear growth of size and required adaptability. Which, quite often, grinds you to a halt. by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 9. Guide Guide Complicated or even complex systems. Interpersonal dynamics. Attribution shared. Most organizations focus attention: incentives and bonuses for employees to cooperate legal agreements by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 10. Examples Guide Team designs product. Directing the creation of a video. Creating agreements with suppliers. by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 11. Process Guide Action success depends partly on interpersonal dynamics. If the result does not happen, leverage influence or increase “buy-in” of parties. Effectiveness comes from process improvement and better human dynamics. by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 12. Metrics Guide Milestone or goal achieved. May be sortable or rate-able. May be unclear what inputs were necessary to achieve outcome. May be non-zero sum Examples: number of “takes” in shooting film, rating of quality in the product, sales numbers. by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 13. Benefits GuideShare responsibility and access shared knowledge.Flexible, more resilient than control space.Shared attribution.(sharing attribution with you doesn’t decrease my credit! Non-zero-sum dynamics.)Guessable outcomes (not 100% predictable though).A key issue in service companies, managers often resort toproscribing behavior, then things collapse.When guiding by shared values and principles, the systembecomes self-managing. by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 14. Risks GuideDependency on others.Requires interpersonal skills(non-rational environment).Challenging metrics and more complicated feedback loops. by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 15. Nurture Nurture Complex adaptive systems. Probability instead of causality. Organic learning. Attribution distributed. Long, if not infinite, timeframes with webbed feedback loops. Warning: power laws live here. Most organizations focus attention: interactions that invite and incentivize encouraging innovation and creativity by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 16. Examples Nurture Sharing this presentation with you. Share video through social media. Most advertising. by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 17. Process Nurture Same action can produce a wide variety of results. “Plant seeds” and see what grows fruit. Expect most to fail. Iterate. Improvement unpredictable. Iterate and watch for patterns. by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 18. Metrics Nurture Sampling of outcomes (full measure unknown). Complex and often multi-layered metrics pointing toward intended outcome but are rarely the outcome itself. Challenging to predict. Wide variations. Examples: eyeball or viewer count within time period, story attributing credit, change or deviation from previous measure. by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 19. Potential NurtureBenefitsAgile.Resilient, at times even anti-fragile.Power laws.Large scale collective impact. by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 20. Risks NurtureDependency on networks and others beyond influence.Diffuse authority and difficult attribution.Unpredictable timeframes.Uncertainty. by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 21. Action Spectrum Control Guide Nurture by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 22. Action PortfolioEvery organization has actionswithin each realm.Set expectations for each areaappropriately.Metrics different for each. by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 23. Corporate Example Control makes tshirt in a factory metrics: # of shirts produced/hour Guide designs new tshirt using a creative team metrics: # of hours spent designing, employee turnover, comparitive shirt sales Nurture invites shirt buyers to upload photos of themselves wearing shirt metrics: # of sales, # of views to invitation, # of uploads by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net
    • 24. Philanthropy ExampleControl feed homeless at a shelter metrics: # of meals servedGuide education program to rehabilitate homeless metrics: # of homeless who graduate within time limit, # of homeless with jobs within time limitNurture campaign to prevent homelessness metrics: # of high risk individuals touched by program, story from at-risk youth attributing program with prevention, change in rate of homelessness (qualified by other potential factors in rate change) by Jean Russell at Thrivable.net