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Using Complexity to Accelerate Higher Consciousness

In the context of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) it is incredibly tempting to tackle handling these conditions as an organizational task; on the to-do list. Yet there is an opportunity to use these conditions to expand perspective and shift mindsets to a higher level of consciousness. At this level the invisible becomes leverage for creating shared value. The side effect is higher levels of ...more »

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Pitch(es) and Propositions

"Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you'll never share it with anyone." Emma Coats, Pixar, on basic story rules. - We know there's a better way. Well, fine. But what do we tell a manager who's asking us: "You want me and my organization to change - so what are your points? What is it that you propose, and how do you want to add value over what is there today?" ...more »

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Stoosian leadership skills

Leading "learning networks of individuals" is different from leading traditional organizitions, and it requires different skills. Over the years, I've found a couple of skills from different sources that I found transformed the way I show up and work both in my own organization and with clients. I would love to share the skills I found particularly helpful, and also to hear from you which ones you would add. Perhaps ...more »

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Improvisation: metaphor and skill

Every respectable book, guru and method on organizational change at least mentions the importance of improvisation: the ability to act without having a script in advance. This skill is often likened to jazz-improvisation. My expertise lies in improvised acting. And I propose to do a 2 hour impro-workshop on this. You will walk away having experienced several basic skills that help improvising. Skills that remarkably ...more »

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Fairytales for organizational change

What kind of hero are we looking for? Tom Thumb who cunningly outwits the giant? Puss in boots who willingly deceives the evil wizard? The Bremen Town Musicians who by cooperating scare away the thieves? A good story resonates with your audience on more and deeper levels than any, excuse my French, boring presentation on methods and strategy. A good story captivates your audience and will be remembered. It addresses fears ...more »

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Continuous quality feedback for managers

Coming from a development background one of my most important principles is getting continuously good feedback as a basis for improving. As getting into a management role and becoming responsible for a whole department I am looking for the same quality and quantity of feedback. Currently feedback for me comes sporadically from retrospectives, from my boss when he thinks about it and the technical lead if we find time. ...more »

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Facilitating effective interventions from within organizations

Trying to introduce a new solution approach from the outside into a large and complex organisation is quite a challenge, isn’t it? Well-intended initiatives get stuck early on as the parties involved point to each other instead of getting into a constructive dialog. This session shows how you can facilitate parties to get from pointing to each other to a constructive dialog and identifying effective solutions. The ...more »

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