Communities are born, they flourish, they get staid, some die, some reinvent. In almost a decade of experience nurturing over 50 communities at MindTree, we have found out that ‘energized community champions’ and ‘learning’ (outside classrooms and projects) are the two most essential ingredients to reinvention.
Here is a cartoon we used to help champions and community anchors find ways of keeping their communities vibrant. Shadab Lari supported by Sachin Sharma from my team, constantly looks out for flagging energy and run out to inject some.
In our role of nurturing communities and helping champions flourish, we find this an interesting challenge. We do not have an agenda apart from seeding positive energy and helping them with logistics. We have seen people align to business goals almost magically. We can’t attribute it to anything else but good people.