When Context Transcends Change Management
NOVEMBER 28, 2016
What if everything we have been told about Change Management over the course of the last few decades was all just … plain wrong? What if research keeps telling us, over and over again, how ’ most change efforts fail ’ ? Do we still think that organisations can change?
Systems Change Funding
MARCH 2, 2017
Wondering how grantmaking can be more systemic and transformative? A great Systems Grantmaking Resource Guide helps answer that question. Although aimed for grantmakers, it’s also valuable for donor agencies and those applying for funding. The guide is the product of … Net Dev
From Change Initiatives to Change Systems
OCTOBER 24, 2014
Global change systems are evolving all around us. But is there a way to strengthen them and speed the pace of transformation to address critical issues of health, climate and poverty? In Milan last week a dozen people met for … Net Dev
Five Large Systems Change Trends
APRIL 7, 2015
Anyone working on big change issues should have an eye to mega system changes. Five of these are laid out as the basis for optimistic directions – the megatrends to ride and amplify – in Thinking the Twenty-First Century: Ideas … Change
Change Experts’ Change Challenge
NOVEMBER 8, 2012
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
Realizing Large Systems Change
FEBRUARY 23, 2015
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.
Systems Thinking for Social Change
DECEMBER 14, 2015
As David Stroh describes in his new book Systems Thinking and Social Change integrating systems awareness has spiritual, emotional, and physical as well as mental … Net DevWhenever I sink myself into systems thinking, I realize it should be called systems being.
Societal Change System Stewards: A large systems change frontier
JANUARY 5, 2017
Addressing large systems change challenges such as sustainable energy, health care and poverty can be greatly enhanced by development of powerful societal change systems (SCSs) comprising all those organizations, projects and programs aiming to realize change.
How to Help Managers Lead Change
MAY 28, 2014
We’re undergoing significant change and I can’t be everywhere. What can I do to help my managers lead change? That significant change is just one item on their very full plates. Never forbid local innovation and creativity during change.
Getting the Message Across: Five Levels of Change Communications
OCTOBER 2, 2013
People often tell me that change communications are the most challenging implementation task. This tool, the Five Levels of Communication , provides a simple, intuitive, and logical method for planning and implementing communication during change initiatives.
Change Leadership Challenge 4: Meaningful Employee Participation
MARCH 5, 2014
This is the fourth in a series of posts about change leadership. Previous posts covered active, committed leadership , building a compelling business case , and embedding change. Meaningful employee participation is important during change.
Cultivating System Change Webinar Changed
MARCH 20, 2014
Thursday, March 27: Cultivating system change – a practitioners companion. NOTE: The day has been changed to Thursday, and times are different for US/Canada because of daylight savings irregularities: 8am PT/ 11am ET/ 3pm UK/ 4pm CET (1 hour).
Societal Change Systems Versus Production Systems
MAY 6, 2016
Distinguishing between Societal Change Systems (SCSs) and Production Systems (PSs) is the new frontier in large systems change work. An SCS comprises all those change efforts – programs, projects, networks, collaborations, … Net Dev
Part 3: From Change Initiatives to Change Systems
NOVEMBER 5, 2014
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
Alchemy of Change’s New Focus: the Soul
Alchemy of Change
SEPTEMBER 10, 2016
I'm now resuscitating Alchemy of Change with a new focus on exploring the Soul. Announcements Featured Soul soul
Change Agents as (Intellectual) Shamans
MARCH 19, 2015
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.
Can you change organizational culture?
MARCH 29, 2012
So if you want to change organizational culture, the first task is to clarify with the person who came up with this, what exactly they are talking about, what are concrete examples of “when this happens we tend to do that” that they are not happy with.
Change Leadership Challenge 5: Use Networks for Change
APRIL 16, 2014
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 Make sure your next change initiative isn’t undermined by tapping proactively into your company’s hidden human networks. Covert influencers can make or break a change process. Chances are that they have reasons for opposing change that you should know.
Change Leadership Challenge 1: Active, Committed Leadership
DECEMBER 18, 2013
This is the first in a series of posts about change leadership. Today’s executives have a great responsibility to enact change. Yet these activities – all of which have significant change-management components to them – can be dogged with challenges. Prioritize the Change.
New Book: Change for the Audacious
APRIL 12, 2016
Addressing critical challenges like climate change, food security and equity requires large systems change and development of powerful change systems. Change or the Audacious is for people working on these types of issues, with the belief that we can create … Net Dev
Complexity and movements change culture
SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
They adjust and learn as they go, and they both respond to and change their context. The key thing to notice here is that culture is changed by evolving movements, not linear programs. Cultures are complex and require complexity to change them.
Change Leadership Challenge 2: Compelling Business Case
JANUARY 15, 2014
This is the second in a series of posts about change leadership. What motivates you to change? Too often, leaders introduce the rationale for their change efforts in murky terms like, “It will help improve our bottom line” and then expect employees to jump to action.
Enabling Early Adopters to Lead Your Change Initiatives
OCTOBER 24, 2016
You can call them whatever you would want to: ambassadors, champions, advocates, evangelists, connectors, change agents, etc.
Change Leadership Checklist
DECEMBER 26, 2012
Change Leadership Checklist. It’s a holiday week in the US so, for this blog post, here’s a gift: a downloadable checklist to help you think through your next change effort. Change leaders need to answer key questions in each phase before moving on to the next.
Change Happens Through People – Even at Walmart
Alchemy of Change
JUNE 16, 2011
Part 1 of 4: Marc Gunther just reviewed Force of Change , the story of Walmart’s conversion to sustainable business practices. When the world’s largest public corporation makes any big change, it’s noteworthy. But this change could very well help save the world.
Societal Change Systems: A Framework to Address Wicked Problems
OCTOBER 5, 2016
Issues such as climate change, poverty, sustainable agriculture, and health care are described as wicked, messy, complex, and multi-level: they involve many hundreds of o rganizations at a national level; at a global level this easily increases to many thousands.
Large Systems Change: an emerging field of transformation and transitions
JULY 6, 2015
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
AUGUST 15, 2014
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
The 10 Key Principles of Change Management
The Bumble Bee
FEBRUARY 23, 2013
Over the last 6 months I have been designing, testing and piloting an exciting new Change Management Game for leaders and teams which lets them experience what it is like to lead a complete 9-month change management project over the course of a single day.
Thinking about Large Scale System Change
OCTOBER 16, 2013
This is part of a series of guest blogs on large systems change. Large scale systems change (LSSC) involves multiple organizations, systems, and groups, often from two or more sectors, that take actions to deliberately … Change Net Dev Sandra Waddock – Boston College.
Governance and Large Systems Change: the case of financial inclusion
AUGUST 8, 2016
What are the implications of large systems change for traditional governance structures and public goods production? I recently dived into the question looking at the impact of financial inclusion on finance governance, including central banks. The was done in collaboration … Net Dev
Dialogic Organization Development and Transformational Change
NOVEMBER 20, 2013
This is one of a series of guest blogs on large systems change written as part of GOLDEN’s Ecosystems Labs activ ity. Dialogical Organization Development is a label Bob Marshak and I have … Blog Change By Gervase Bushe – Simon Fraser University.
Three Jobs of the Change Leader
OCTOBER 22, 2015
That’s all you really need to do to be a successful change leader. After all, managing people, especially during change, is complex and dynamic. Our new, free graphic, The Role of the Change Leader , helps leaders understand how to achieve each task.
Social media: a new type of hammers for change facilitators in organisations
FEBRUARY 7, 2011
We wrote this for the change facilitators working in and with organisations on change. Many change processes fail because there is too little attention for the sub-public discourse. Change management has to improve and we see social media play a key role.
Labs as a Large Systems Change Strategy
JULY 21, 2014
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
Webinar: Peace-building as large systems change
AUGUST 31, 2015
This is part of a webinar series on large systems complex change. Date: Tuesday, Sept. Time: 9am PT/ noon ET/ 5pm UK/ 6pm CET/ 7pm Amman. Topic: Peace building. Place: https://zoom.us/j/260856719 j/260856719 ; or +1 408 638 0968 (US … Net Dev
Net-Map – Agile – Organizational Change
JANUARY 30, 2012
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 workThis is not the kind of Agile I'm talking about (picture by Double--M on flickr).
Large Systems Change: An Emerging Field of Transformation and Transitions
JULY 15, 2015
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
Changing with technology: the example of collaborating with slack
SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
I find it fascinating to see how our habits change (or don''t change at all!) Apparently you can not easily change your default phrase which which you start a phone conversation. Sometimes it works the other way, and you can also use technology to stimulate a change in habits.
Competencies for Effective Societal Change Systems
MAY 25, 2016
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