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VUCA – So What? …

VUCA – So what? … VUCA is an acronym created by the US military (a bad start) that has become trendy while pretending to describe the unique situation of our world today. It doesn’t. It describes the narrow mechanistic mindset of those who created the term. V – Volatility. U – Uncertainty. C – Complexity Read More

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Change Management is an Oxymoron

Change Management is an Oxymoron Change is ubiquitous.  It is, and always has been, simply an element of our dynamic world. In organisations, change may happen as the consequence of external events or a new desired status may be defined. However, the “change” cannot be managed. We can define and manage elements of the technical Read More

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Generating the Space that Enables People to Engage

Generating the Space that Enables People to Engage If you want people to actively engage with and shape a change initiative, you have to create an environment that enables them to do so. If you want a group of people to work as a generative aligned eco-system (e.g. Team, Project, Community, Company, Organisation), you have Read More

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Yes … You Can … Change Your Organisation Culture!

Yes … You Can … Change Your Organisation Culture! Some management consultants claim that you can’t change an organisation’s culture. This is nonsense. Numerous other management and change consultants claim they can change an organisation’s culture. This too is nonsense. You can change your organisation’s culture … from the inside. Indeed, a leader’s responsibility includes Read More

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Intercultural Glossary

Intercultural Glossary This Intercultural Glossary reflects my beliefs, values and life experience. I am well-aware that some of the definitions here may reflect neither those to be found in standard references nor common usage. This is conscious, as common usage is frequently inaccurate, superficial or even deliberately misleading, in that it may follow a hidden Read More

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Purpose, Motivation, Engagement

Purpose, Motivation, Engagement We so often hear business leaders talking about the challenge of motivating people. They don’t understand. We can’t positively motivate anyone. Motivation is intrinsic. However, where there is a clear business need, we can invite people to engage in any change process by genuinely appealing to their emotions … purpose drives us. Read More

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Change and Transformation

Change and Transformation We frequently experience the terms “Change” and “Transformation” being used interchangeably, especially in the organisation development sector and the wanna-be-sexy-start-up world. They are not at all the same. Change is pervasive. It accompanies us through life. We grow, we evolve, we develop. It may be biological, such as how our body and Read More

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(Mis-)Representing the Fundamentals of Change … An Ethical Question?

(Mis-)Representing the Fundamentals of Change … An Ethical Question? I attended an interesting international conference earlier this month which, not unusually, had a programme over-subscribed with keynote speeches. One of these keynotes concerned itself with managing change. The abstract referred to “some of the fundamental reasons why transformational change is difficult”. The speaker is a Read More

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The Power of “I don’t know”

The Power of “I don’t know” During the past three months, I’ve been confronted with the following challenges from colleagues and clients … “This approach would not work with Indians.” (from a colleague who has never been to India and never worked with Indians) “I think in terms of the ‘average client’.” (from a colleague) Read More