The Stoos Network has identified a core believe of “learning networks of people creating value.” But, how to you make this happen in organizations? This session proposes the lowest-effort/highest-impact functionality to make it happen.
About 10 years ago and coming from a slightly different perspective, we did root cause analysis. It identified 42 common issues. Among those were: colleagues could not find the information they are expected to use. When they found it, it could not be trusted. Moreover, important feedback got lost. A further discovery was that, in this space, 3-5 unsolved issues can be sufficient to make solution attempts fail. Yet, it was possible to find lowest-effort/highest impact functionality that worked well in a highly complex and bureaucratic environment. Compared to traditional solution attempts, some of the functionality turned out to amazingly simple. It had to be. This was integrated into a framework/solution now called “Guided Self-Organisation.”
Some of the functionality:
- Communities: Integrated into decision making; community feedback cannot be ignored; communities can create strategies, standards, guidance.
- The non-linear/open process approach: natural workflow and incentive driven (often €0), no process documentation traditional style.
- Very few central repositories: Answering to “show me the documents I am expected to use and only those;” community feedback is published next to the documents, with green-yellow-red flags.
- Ground rules: so everybody (management and employees) understands how things are done; i.e. fundamental rules for decision making at the optimum level.
How to get started: A workshop delivers the organisation specific issues. Those can then be used by the organisation to adjust/stop what cannot work. Expected value from adjusting/stopping: €1 to €5 million within three years (larger organisations).
This session’s goals are:
(1) To propose the lowest-effort/highest-impact functionality to make Guided Self-Organisation/“learning networks of people creating value” happen in organisations.
(2) To obtain feedback from the participants: Is the proposed sound and complete enough to be executable? What may be missing?
(3) If complete and executable: How can we make it happen together?
UPDATE June 6th: There are two other sessions proposing functionality to prevent effective solutions from getting stuck before they are in a position to be successful.
Session 1: “Facilitating effective interventions from within organizations” -Through a demo workshop, this session illustrates how to open the door for innovative and constructive solution thinking within organizations.
Session 3: “From Overwhelming Complexity to Effective Simplicity” -In today’s environment, even the best solutions can easily get stuck in a crippling bureaucracy and an overwhelming complexity. This session proposes lowest-effort/highest-impact functionality to move to effective simplicity and with that a drastic reduction of getting stuck. Content of sessions 1 and 2 are integral to it.
NOTE FOR SESSION ORGANIZERS: Please plan as 2rd session of 3 sessions (if possible.
Session participants: 6 - 25