Network Mindset

In the Four Network Principles for Collaboration Success, Jane Wei-Skillern and Nora Silver write: “The norm of humility must replace self promotion. The quest for the organizational success must be relinquished for the real potential of solving problems.” They outline the a ‘Network Mindset Shift’ with the following table:1

From… To…
Focus on growth Focus on mission
Focus on control Focus on trust
Focus on yourself Focus on others
Focus on garnering resources Focus on sharing resources
Focus on the particular Focus on the whole

  1. Wei-Skillern, Jane & Silver, Nora. (2013). Four Network Principles for Collaboration Success. Foundation Review: Vol. 5: Iss. 1, Article 10. 

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Shelley, James. (2020). 'Network Mindset' (in System Thinker Notebook). Originally published on August 5, 2020. Accessed on September 25, 2020. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Permalink:
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