Facilitation & Change

Organizational learning & growth

‘You do not understand a company unless you try to change it’ – I fully agree! Change is often fuzzy in a first step and goals are not entirely clear or even conflicting between stakeholders. It’s like a mountain tour in the fog. On this journey, I see my role in creating a safe space in which tensions can be addressed and clarity can be reached step by step.

Holistic Approach

Transformation requires to look at organizations as complex social systems. Their visible part includes written strategies, an official org chart and a set of formal guidelines and rules. And there is the part with unwritten rules, narratives, emotions, and group dynamics. Both parts, the formal and the invisible one need to be considered when a company is required to change. Consequently, there are four main areas that should be considered:

The company’s purpose, strategy, and strategy execution

Formal structures, ways-of-working, and management systems

Workforce, skills, and engagement

Narratives, unwritten rules and underlying assumptions

Besides, transformation always happens in a technical, economical, political, and social context that impacts the change.

Change is often paradox – it occurs when we become what we are, not when we try to become what we are not. Change that is lasting and meaningful comes about as an organic process. For me, this applies to individuals just as much as it does to teams or organisations.

Process orientation and resistance

What is an organization? From a system perspective it is the communication between people. Thus, looking at various stakeholders is key for every change process:

  • Do they have a sense of urgency and did they buy into the change vision?
  • How are they impacted by the change?
  • What is their interest in the transformation?
  • Why do they show resistance?
  • How can you build strong relationship with them?

These and many more questions are helpful in designing a process that integrates different perspectives and that leaves space for creative adoptions to emerge.


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