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Change Leadership Challenge 3: Embedding Change

Partnering Resources

This is the third in a series of posts about change leadership. Embed your change in to the fabric of your organization. and results?

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Five Large Systems Change Trends

Networking Action

Anyone working on big change issues should have an eye to mega system changes.

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From Change Initiatives to Change Systems

Networking Action

Global change systems are evolving all around us. 

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Change Experts’ Change Challenge

Networking Action

What are the impediments to scaling change strategies to address the global breadth and transformational depth of critical issues?  Conversations at MIT and Oxford meetings in October, and discussions over the past few months with large system change experts , … Blog Change

Part 2: From Change Initiatives to Change Systems

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Part 1 described global energy as a change system with five subsystems.  and “What must it do well, in order to realize its change goal?”

Change Leadership Challenge 4: Meaningful Employee Participation

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This is the fourth in a series of posts about change leadership. Meaningful employee participation is important during change.

Systems Thinking for Social Change

Networking Action

Whenever I sink myself into systems thinking, I realize it should be called systems being.

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Change Leadership Challenge 5: Use Networks for Change

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This is the fifth in a series of posts about change leadership. Previous posts covered active, committed leadership , building a compelling business case , embedding change , and meaningful employee participation. “I’ll tell you how communication really works around here,” the data architect told me over coffee.

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Alchemy of Change’s New Focus: the Soul

Alchemy of Change

I'm now resuscitating Alchemy of Change with a new focus on exploring the Soul. Announcements Featured Soul soul

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Realizing Large Systems Change

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Creating large change systems. Large system change, sometimes called transformation science, is a growing field of knowledge and … Blog Webinars Friday, February 27 & March 6. Friday, Feb. 27 1-2 PM Eastern Time (New York). Guests: Steve Waddell and Tom Bigda-Peyton.

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Change Leadership Challenge 1: Active, Committed Leadership

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This is the first in a series of posts about change leadership. Today’s executives have a great responsibility to enact change.

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Complexity and movements change culture

Chris Corrigan

They adjust and learn as they go, and they both respond to and change their context. Cultures are complex and require complexity to change them.

Change Leadership Challenge 2: Compelling Business Case

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This is the second in a series of posts about change leadership. What motivates you to change? I’m pretty easy; cake does the trick.

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Societal Change Systems Versus Production Systems

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Distinguishing between Societal Change Systems (SCSs) and Production Systems (PSs) is the new frontier in large systems change work.

Change Leadership Checklist

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Change Leadership Checklist. Change leaders need to answer key questions in each phase before moving on to the next. Change Leadership

Part 3: From Change Initiatives to Change Systems

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Part 1 introduced the concept of change system and five subsystems through a project on the global change system for electricity;  Part 2 described the seven functions necessary for these systems to be effective.  In this blog, these are integrated … Change

Cultivating System Change Webinar Changed

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Thursday, March 27:  Cultivating system change – a practitioners companion. Presenter: … Net Dev

New Book: Change for the Audacious

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Addressing critical challenges like climate change, food security and equity requires large systems change and development of powerful change systems.

Change Agents as (Intellectual) Shamans

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Transformational change makers are shamans. In her book Intellectual Shamans Sandra Waddock focuses on 28 leading business academics of transformational intellectual impact that include ones well-known as change makers such as Otto Scharmer, David Cooperrider and Ed Schein. It is … Net Dev

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Can you change organizational culture?

Net-Map Toolbox

” Digging into this will allow you two things: Reformulate your mission as you understand what should be preserved and what should be changed.

Societal Change Systems: A Framework to Address Wicked Problems

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… Net Dev

Change Happens Through People – Even at Walmart

Alchemy of Change

Part 1 of 4: Marc Gunther just  reviewed  Force of Change , the story of Walmart’s conversion to sustainable business practices.

Governance and Large Systems Change: the case of financial inclusion

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What are the implications of large systems change for traditional governance structures and public goods production?

Go Slow to Go Fast: Make Your Next Change Initiative Fly

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It represents a major change in how people operate, and it’s tied to a new corporate strategy. Change Leadership Leadership Why Go Slow?

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Large Systems Change: an emerging field of transformation and transitions

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What is meant by “large systems change (LSC)?” What must change and what are the strategies to realize it? How can we “do it” much better? What does a comprehensive picture of the field of LSC knowledge and methods look … Net Dev

Changing the Meme of Constant Growth

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Constant growth is driving humanity off an ecological cliff, writes  Dr. Sandra Waddock  (Boston College). She describes how growth has become a “meme,” a core value, and she identifies diverse alternatives, from “thrivability” to “enough.” Dr. Waddock is active with … Net Dev

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Three Ways Human Networks Can Help Drive Change

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According to a 2006 McKinsey survey, only 38 percent of change initiatives were completely or mostly successful at improving performance.

Enabling Early Adopters to Lead Your Change Initiatives


You can call them whatever you would want to: ambassadors, champions, advocates, evangelists,  connectors, change agents, etc. Remember them?

Competencies for Effective Societal Change Systems

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To be effective, Societal Change Systems (SCSs) develop seven roles that require distinct competencies. This conclusion arises from a large amount of research by many people, including work that I’ve done with Global Action Networks. Academically these roles are usually … Net Dev

Thinking about Large Scale System Change

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This is part of a series of guest blogs on large systems change. Sandra Waddock – Boston College.

The 10 Key Principles of Change Management

The Bumble Bee

For example, asking an outright opponent of the change to become a champion is not likely to be a very useful intervention. Be patient.

Dialogic Organization Development and Transformational Change

Networking Action

This is one of a series of guest blogs on large systems change written as part of GOLDEN’s Ecosystems Labs activ ity.

Webinar: Peace-building as large systems change

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This is part of a webinar series on large systems complex change. Date:  Tuesday, Sept. 8. Time:   9am PT/ noon ET/ 5pm UK/ 6pm CET/ 7pm Amman. Topic: Peace building. Place: j/260856719 ; or  +1 408 638 0968 (US … Net Dev

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Setting the Right Pace for Change

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Setting the Right Pace during Change. Some changes need to move quickly, others slowly. What is the right pace for change? Adapt.

Labs as a Large Systems Change Strategy

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The concept of “labs” as a way to address complex issues is a relatively new concept.  Zaid Hassan, in the Social Labs Revolution, estimates it to be about 20 years old.  His intimate involvement in developing a number of them … Net Dev

Large Systems Change: An Emerging Field of Transformation and Transitions

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Large Systems Change: An Emerging Field of Transformation and Transitions. Waddell, S., Waddock, S., Cornell, S., Dentoni, D., McLachlan, M., & Meszoely, G. 2015). Journal of Corporate Citizenship(58). In this paper we put forward a theory of large systems … Published Articles

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Social media: a new type of hammers for change facilitators in organisations

Joitske Hulsebosch

We wrote this for the change facilitators working in and with organisations on change. change management social media

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Changing with technology: the example of collaborating with slack

Joitske Hulsebosch

I find it fascinating to see how our habits change (or don''t change at all!) driven by new technologies.

Net-Map – Agile – Organizational Change

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But that it means significantly changing processes, power and incentives within the organization. So introducing agile is not just a technical switch but actually an organizational change effort. case studies Change Management notes from the field Organizational Learning Other people's workWhat does that mean?

An Audacious Change Effort

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A very audacious change initiative reached a milestone October 8 by issuing a report: The Financial System We Need.