There are at least two approaches to organizational learning and change. One could be called mechanistic, the other generative.

The differences between generative and mechanistic approaches:

Mechanistic approaches to change invariably cost more than expected and rarely deliver the desired benefits. More importantly, the opportunity costs from inept organization change efforts can be enormous. Not only are direct business benefits at risk, but the erosion of trust, energy, and creativity can become irreversible.

With generative approaches you have to prepare the soil, plant the seeds, provide plenty of light and nutrients, and be patient. However, once you've grown the organization's capacity for generative learning and change, it keeps on growing — gradually becoming self-regulating, self-improving, and self-evolving. The true benefits keep appreciating while the true costs essentially disappear.

We at 10X Shift are committed to practicing generative approaches in all our initiatives and engagements. (To learn more, see Project 10X — our integrative, organic strategy for supporting committed leaders and changemakers in leading lasting organization-wide change, and growing those organizational capabilities most critical in today's VUCA world.)

Curious how a generative approach could multiply the lasting value of the change and development efforts in your organization? Contact us for an obligation-free exploratory conversation.

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