Richard Scott-Will-Harknett

Richard Scott-Will-Harknett

Richard is an optimistic pragmatist. For him it’s about just doing what it takes to create a more effective environment to sustainably deliver great outcomes. He’s applied his free range approach in start-ups through to multinationals. He believes the “3Cs" refer to: cakes, coffee and conversation.


Articles by Richard

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May 10, 2019

Getting to purpose - a quick path to creating a purpose statement . I recently found myself having to come up with a format on the fly for a new leadership team to create a purpose statement. Here’s what I did.... continue reading Three questions, one per post-it placed on a wall with plenty of space between them:- What?- Who?- Why?"What?" - what does the tribe *do*, what is our work, what is expected of us?"Who?" - in the context of what we do, who do we do it for, who cares?"Why?" - why does any of that matter, why do those... continue reading Stage 11 Silent brainstorming onto post-its for each of the three questions. 2 Each places their post-its up and briefly explains the meaning 3 The group collaborates to cluster / affinity map like items together. Encourage them to discuss what they’re doing and why as they do it. Name each clump.4... continue reading Stage 21 Write a sentence or two for each of the three question areas. Sentences can be stand alone and don’t need to connect or flow. Aim to capture the essence of the respective question areas.2 One person, one sentence and for one area at a time read out what has been created and provide constru... continue reading Stage 3Shift to the flip-chart sheets.1 The first sheet is for rough capture and drafting. The group reads out, questions, challenges and discusses their sentences again. Now ideas merge, new words and concepts come out. These get captured on the flip-chart paper.2 Reading and re-reading, they cont... continue reading What they felt... I don't recall the exact words so I'm paraphrasing, but one said something like: ‘Doing that is worth getting out of bed for each day. I'd be proud to do that.’Their top three take outs:... continue reading Surprised and delighted that they actually got a statement that was meaningful and that they were all happy with. Turned out that they were more aligned in their thinking about the tribe than they thought and that was a great thing to be clear about.They started to learn much more about how they eac... continue reading There are heaps of patterns for creating purpose statements but this is what I came up with on the fly. It seemed reasonably painless for a small leadership team who weren't used to working together to create a successful outcome. If you give it a try let me know how you get on and what tweaks you... continue reading

GROW your planning

Aug 23, 2018

There are many approaches to carrying out planning. Here's what I use for situations that require any kind of planning at all - from working across organisational transformation to figuring out what to do at the weekend. I like it because it’s simple, easy to remember and it sets me up naturally to... continue reading