Here is an astonishing fact: close to 70% of all organization change initiatives fail. The reasons have less to do with poor planning, execution or follow up (as many consultants would argue.) Rather, the real culprit is our mechanistic view of people and organizations, and our packaged and mechanical approaches to learning and change. This post advances a much more promising alternative.
Restructuring tends to be a leader’s top choice when it comes to organization-wide change. This post shines the light on why leading with structural change rarely achieves the desired outcomes. Worse, the unintended consequences can be very costly.
Let's face it: the field of organizational learning and change has largely failed to deliver on its promise. Fortunately, there is Carol Sanford’s “The Responsible Business.” It is both a wake up call and a guide for those courageous leaders and changemakers who are ready to reinvent the game — who are committed to designing and growing vibrant organizations truly fit for today’s VUCA world.
Despite the pervasive belief, people don’t resist change. They resist being changed. This presents organizational leadership with quite a dilemma. On the one hand, pushing change generates resistance. On the other hand, trying to ‘inspire’ change and/or leading by example rarely create enough momentum. What to do?
Executive coaching has proven to be a powerful developmental approach in organizations, with significant advantages over traditional sheep-dip training programs. There is only one problem — it doesn’t scale well (primarily due to high cost.) What if it was possible to remove the cost barrier and make coaching available to everyone, and at the same time multiply (10X) the developmental impact of coaching on the organization’s members? This post shows how.
You see the need for change in your organization. The waste (of money, time, energy, opportunities) grates on your soul. You’re convinced that there must be a better way, and you want to do something about it. How you begin your change effort is more critical than you might think.