The myth of managed culture change

Chris Corrigan

For a long time I have known that the idea that culture change can be managed is a myth. The idea that a “culture change initiative” can be rolled out from the top of an organization is not only a myth, it’s a hidden form of colonization.

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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. 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.

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Trending Sources

Connections are Different than Relationships

Alchemy of Change

Let me explain why I don’t anymore because I think it sheds some light on how relationships form over time. A connection, or point of contact, in a relationship can take many forms. But the relationship database tools now available create a window to change those dynamics again.

Three Ways Human Networks Can Help Drive Change

Partnering Resources

According to a 2006 McKinsey survey, only 38 percent of change initiatives were completely or mostly successful at improving performance. The world throws leaders curve balls: market changes, skill gaps, technology shortcomings, and so on.

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Literature Review: Improving Work Practices in Times of Change

Collaborative Thinking

Hopefully, the Review is somewhat related to an eventual Thesis so I've tried to pull together some thoughts on how to improve work practices in times of change (explained below). Improving Work Practices in Times of Change.

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What is really changing in the way we learn as a result of new technologies?

Joitske Hulsebosch

What is really changing in the way we learn as a result of new technologies? Sometimes I feel everything is changing, sometimes when people say they prefer classroom training I feel nothing is changing. Last week I attended the Learning and Technologies conference in Londen.

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Ken Carroll » Blog Archive » Language and social distance

Ken Carroll

About Ken Carroll « Constructionism works FrenchPod is a PLS » Language and social distance Most traditonal language teaching focused on grammar, tests, and structures - the forms, in other words - often to the exclusion of the way that people actually spoke the target language.

How Our Narratives Inform Our Hopes for Change

How to Save the World

But radical changes to existing systems are difficult, they are constantly resisted by the existing institutions, by the powerful people that benefit most from the status quo, and by the masses of people who fear they will lose something if the systems in which they are embedded were to be altered.

Trust and Networks

Alchemy of Change

When people trust each other, it’s easier to respond to change in a smart, coordinated way. To illustrate, let’s talk about a partnership, a simple form of network that connects just two entities. Trust makes networks work.

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SXSW Notes: Content As a Means for Social Change

Portals and KM

This is the session on Content As a Means for Social Change led by Biz Stone, CCO/Co-founder, The Obvious Corporation and Brian Sirgutz, SVP, Social Impact, AOL/Huffington Post. As social and Internet entrepreneurs search for ways to effect IRL social change by using online tools and platforms, the focus has been on social media. The definition is expanding to include many forms and is becoming richer.  He asked if he found a coach and kids could he form a team.

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F-Suites for C-Suites: 4 Futures Thinking Toolkits To Help C-Suite Leaders Thrive in a World of Change « emergent by design

John Tropea - Delicious Faciliatation

F-Suites for C-Suites: 4 Futures Thinking Toolkits To Help C-Suite Leaders Thrive in a World of Change. The world is changing. The level at which the user uncovers the structures and actors that are causing the litany to appear on the “surface” in its present form. (

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Resisting Change – Luddites Unite!


Or as Eliane Glaser brilliantly wrote just recently people whose ‘ protest was specifically aimed at a new class of manufacturers who were aggressively undermining wages, dismantling workers’ rights and imposing a corrosive early form of free trade.

Group Process Design Principles in Times of Turbulance

Full Circle Associates

From the Wikipedia article: Transcending paradigms may go beyond challenging fundamental assumptions, into the realm of changing the values and priorities that lead to the assumptions, and being able to choose among value sets at will. Ready for a thinking ramble?

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Learning from the “Rules” of Etegami: It is fine to be clumsy

Full Circle Associates

3 Unlike many other forms of traditional Japanese art, there is no “model” etegami painted by a master for you to imitate. There is so much to learn from the THE THREE “RULES” OF ETEGAMI , a Japanese style of painting.

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John Chambers on Cisco: We Will Make Changes

Michael Sampson - Currents

John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems, announced a range of changes to fix the ailing company : " Cisco Systems Inc. Chief Executive Officer John Chambers, after reporting disappointing earnings four quarters in a row, will makes changes aimed at regaining the company’s lost credibility and sharpening its focus. He didn’t give details on what form the changes would take.

Agile international development?

Net-Map Toolbox

Responding to change over following a plan. “Working software over comprehensive documentation” Some donors seem very focused on extensive documentation, pre-defined evaluation and filling out forms, and less insistent that the project or product actually works on the ground. but about how to support organizational change, how to encourage managers to be open to new approaches and how to deal with resistance.

Introducting social media in organisations to improve the learning function is more difficult than you may think.

Joitske Hulsebosch

The report is very interesting, because it shows that the actual practice of changing habits in organisations is very hard! They allowed me to blog about it and I think it has some valuable lessons like shape such a process as a real change trajectory (I'm personally convinced about this). After 2 years there is no critical mass of employees formed who have embraced the new way. change management elearning organisation2.0

Empherality, KM, Inner Reform and Social Impact

Full Circle Associates

Knowledge management as social system change requires an inner reform of people involved. Knowledge (in all its forms and practices) as a core for social impact. change complexity creative destruction knowledge sharingBlogs are ephemeral.

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BIG CHANGE Webinar Series Starts Today

Nancy White

For the last two years I have been part of Nexus for Change. This year we decided to take a break from the work of putting on a F2F gathering and a subgroup has been preparing for some online work, this time in the form of the BIG CHANGE Webinar Series. Today is the kick-off for this free webinar series sponsored by The NEXUS for Change and Bowling Green State University. Go to and click on Big Change to register.

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Blurring the Dividing Lines

Hildy Gottlieb

Changing the World Stuff I'm Thinking About Words Matter community development social enterprise social entrepreneur

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Reflections on Community Manager Appreciation Day

Online Community Strategy

The day surfaced a lot of great questions that the industry is struggling with, including where and how the Community Manager role (and related team roles) should evolve, how community management changes by online touchpoint, and how to deal with burnout in a very high-touch and sometimes emotional role. Specifically, I hope that Community Management is seen as a role, as well as an intention (to form and nurture a network of relationships).

Is evaluation a cost or an investment?

Net-Map Toolbox

Change Management Evaluation Monitoring Organizational LearningTurn your evaluation into a catapult (picture by

Using Net-Map to become more agile

Net-Map Toolbox

If you come to an organization (as internal or external Agile coach) and you want to implement Agile, this is not like saying: “We are going to use this new product now… but we will keep on working the way we did before” It’s a radical change in what the organization does and how it does it. And as we know, the core reason for forming an organization is to organize chaos, provide stability and predictability. Ok, I wrote about how a different sector (e.g.

Knowledge Jolt with Jack: There are many forms of network

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network KM

There are many forms of network In Turning Informal Networks into Formal Ones Craig Roth talks about the latest in a McKinsey Quarterly "series" on collaboration, Harnessing the power of informal employee networks by McKinsey consultants Lowell Bryan, Eric Matson, and Leigh Weiss.

Change for Newsletters

Michael Sampson - Currents

I have introduced a few changes on my blog and book web sites this morning, around how I accept signups for the three email newsletters I publish. Therefore, effective immediately, I have cancelled my subscription to the external service, and will accept signups through my own forms service, and then send the newsletters out internally.

Social Actions Change the Web Challenge.

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Social Web for Social Good: Change the Web Challenge. As part of the Challenge, Social Actions is hosting the Change the Web Conversation Series for developers, nonprofits workers, activists, philanthropists, and anyone who wants to use technology for social change.

Alchemy of Change Weekly Links (weekly)

Alchemy of Change

We call it parochial altruism, because generosity sometimes stops at the boundary of the group (just like some forms of modern nationalism). Mormann says this striking hemispheric asymmetry helps strengthen previous findings supporting the idea that, early on in vertebrate evolution, the right hemisphere became specialized in dealing with unexpected and biologically relevant stimuli, or with changes in the environment. People are changing faster than companies.

Changing London – a blog that might do just that

Social Reporter

However, I have a hunch that Changing London , started a few months ago by David Robinson and Will Horwitz, might just do that. You can submit your idea right now, or get in touch with us, via the form on the right. I think Changing London will have more impact because people may feel it is theirs, and they can make a difference. Changing London.

Writing: Creating the Future’s Theory of Change

Hildy Gottlieb

One of the biggest, hardest pieces to write is finally in review draft form, asking for comments! Building "Creating the Future" Changing the World Writing

Alchemy of Change Weekly Links (weekly)

Alchemy of Change

social grooming is an innate behavior so of course it’s going to find expression within social networks–I also agree with Haque’s critique that those networks are devalued when too much content takes the form of ritual displays of grooming behavior. Digital Social Grooming (Ed Batista). And while I agree with Boyd’s basic premise–i.e.

Inactive democracy was always a bad idea: street reps and new forms of governance


So I listened and was able to appreciate that behaviour change needs local exemplars, plenty of nurturing by local practitioners, and lots of time: just like community development. So if resources are targeted at the least affluent areas, how does that change perceptions of the role of street reps?

How the way we talk can change the way we work. and think

The Bumble Bee

I am reading an intriguing book How the way we talk can change the way we work written by two psychologists of adult learning at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Here is a short introduction written by the authors to the book How the way we talk can change the way we work.

Being a leader without being the boss

Net-Map Toolbox

We’ve all been there and maybe you are there today: You feel responsible for the success of an initiative, change process or project but have little or no formal authority to tell people what to do. Well, whether ordering people to do stuff actually leads to sustainable change is a different question. But today I want to talk about affecting change if you don’t have formal authority. Form coalitions accross organizational or social boundaries.

Introducing Lobbi – with bold aims to change politics locally and globally

Social Reporter

The gist is that big changes in living organisms largely occur in short episodic bursts when their external environment undergoes some form of drastic change. Downloading Democracy 2013 – Archived Live Stream from John Popham on Vimeo.

Enterprise Collaboration TechFest – Melbourne (June 2017)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Charting a Technology Strategy that Aligns with Changing Business and Organisational Realities. Cultivating Systemic Business Change. These topics form the basis for designing the conference schedule/agenda.

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How Twitter Changes Everything at Enterprise 2.0

Endless Knots

Which brings me back to my title - and our panel next week at Enterprise 2.0: "How Twitter Changes Everything," on Tues, June 23, at 3:30. Together, we can add our collective intelligence to understand how very short bursts of information can support massive change in "businesses," even the business of statehood. When I was thinking of a title for a session on Twitter at the Enterprise 2.0

Big Lottery, Media Trust and People Powered Change. Positively.

Social Reporter

This is about adding infrastructure that local people can use in whatever way suits them and hopefully to play a part in improving the quality and reach of citizen and community journalism that will mean we all have our voices heard and can all create positive change in our own lives and the lives of those around us. It will take the form of a co-operative communty blog on the Transition Network site. Previously : People Powered Change needs ppchange communications.

Wanderings of a Liberating Structures Practitioner – Part 2 the practice

Full Circle Associates

Additionally for me, a CoP perspective is more useful than simply focusing on the form of CoPs themselves. What is happening around us that demands change? Dealing with this up front in the context of the subquestion makes it more stark: What happens if we don’t change?

Justine Musk: "Technology changes idea of author-brand"

Endless Knots

This experience has been severed from the physical forms of books and now exists as a kind of energy that moves between you and your readers via cyberspace, which will eventually become so integrated with daily life that it will no longer be referred to as ‘cyberspace’, or a separate kind of space at all.

Guest Post: Adejare Amoo on an Industrialist’s Role in eLearning in Africa

Nancy White

However these products and services form a core input in the industrialist’s production process system. It provides opportunities for continuous experimentations as well as controlled frequent and rapid changes.