Leadership as Network Weaving

July 15, 2014 2 Comments

Networkweaving – Creating Stronger Communities from Deborah McLaren

Thanks to Deborah McLaren for putting this slide show together that references the good work of June Holley, Chris Brogan, and Beth Kanter.  I find that there are many people out there who naturally get the concept of “network weaving” and many others still who are still learning to understand its value, and to see it as a function of leadership in a networked world.

At IISC, we like to talk about “Facilitative Leadership” as a practice of “creating and inspiring conditions” that deliver on the promise of collaboration (innovation, rapid diffusion, equity, resilience, adaptation, etc.).  In this vein, I particularly like what Chris Brogan suggests as the following leadership practice related to network weaving:

  • Spend 20 minutes every day thinking about your network
  • Spend 10 minutes every day cultivating your network
  • Deliver 2 or 3 times as much value as you ask from your network



  • Cynthia Silva Parker says:

    I especially like the idea of offering 2-3 times as much value as you ask from your network!

    • Curtis Ogden says:

      I think that is a key. That’s how we achieve abundance! I am so struck by how existing structures and forms both define particular kinds of value and allow it to flow in certain ways and between certain parties. If we all understood this better, how might we definition of what matters and reclaim the means of exchange?

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