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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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Convincing the management on the need for change

The goal of this workshop would to agree on a list of compelling reasons why there is this need for change. What is the complete list of reasons why we need to leave traditional management practices behind us. So why do we think that companies that do not live according to lean, agile, management 3.0 or radical management ideas will not survive.

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Does Stoos need a Manifesto?

Over the last weeks I had plenty of interesting discussions on this Stoos topic. One thing almost everybody brings up in such discussions is the question, why Stoos does not come up with something like a Stoos-Manifesto. I'd like to propose a short open discussion on this topic. What are the benefits of a manifesto, or why does this movement not need such stuff? Results could be: A resonable explanation, why a Manifesto ...more »

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Organizational culture and the influence by tools on it

The use of tools has shaped human societies from the very beginning on. We create tools to perform an action to some object and by the use of the tool we are changed and change the community we are a part of. Tools are influenced by rules and their existence changes and creates new rules. Tools change the division of labor within organizations and have an impact on relationships between members of the organization and ...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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Learn to Unstuck your team with the FearlessJourney game

Your team has a Big Goal but also obstacles outside their control that make it feel almost impossible to get there? Or: your team is complacent, stale, or fearful? FearlessJourney brings Goals and Obstacles into a safe "play" environment where team members can experiment with influence strategies to shift organisational culture and turn obstacles into opportunities, using the 48 patterns from the book Fearless Change ...more »

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Critical of Stoos

At heart I believe myself to be more of a Stoos supporter than most. In my life I have often been more radical, more challenging to those companies I have worked in (I have actually lost jobs over principles). Yet, so far I have been one of the major protagonists challenging the original Stoos statements and some of the solutions put forward. The intention is to explain views that are hard to explain in text, linkedin, ...more »

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Stoosian experience capture

Share your stories of how your organization became a learning network of individuals creating value. Or perhaps your stories of how the role of your leaders came to include "stewardship of the living". Or the alternative: share your pain points. Perhaps the organization's reliance on linear, mechanistic thinking, or that your company is focusing more on stock prices versus "delighting customers". We will record your ...more »

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Dealing with Generation Bottleneck

As change agents, we've all faced this issue: "yeah, those ideas are great, I'm eager to try them, but my boss won't let me". Many times it's just plain cognitive dissonance, a way to step out from the difficult task of changing the system by finding some fictitious reason that justifys your surrender, but on many other cases it's a real problem: a generation of Command-and-Control-ish managers that have been trained ...more »

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Collecting Data to Support Stoosian Ideas

I am proposing a short session on gathering data to support the Stoosian Ideas. What I am thinking of is data like: * employee satisfaction * companies flexibility * time to market * what kind of working environment is more attractive to workers * number of innovations in Stoosian environment vs. old school * customer satisfaction * and more... Summarized: Getting as much as possible solid data supporting the assumptions ...more »

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