For Groups and Organizations

For Groups and Organizations 2018-02-02T12:45:36+00:00

What might your organization look like if everything were going right?

Individuals coming together to work brings incredible possibilities, growing complexity, and plenty of ways to misstep together. The same principles that guide change with individuals are at play with teams, programs, and organizations. The difference is largely one of scale; implementation must be very different to enable participants to remain engaged and offering their best contributions.

Over the past couple decades’ work with countless teams, we’ve seen some simple truths emerge about when people do their best work: when given space and authority to self-organize around topics that matter to them; when they are trusted and supported to do their best work; when they are able to see ongoing progress. When these are true, thirst for learning becomes unquenchable; motivation unleashed.

The problem isn’t necessarily one of belief; many leaders agree with these statements. How they create the space is less clear. Can 50, 100, 1,000 or more people come together and be fully engaged for days on end creating solutions to the most complex, nuanced, and emotionally-charged topics? The short answer is “yes.”

Below are a few favorite techniques that enable self-organization, massive parallelization. They are able to succeed at generating desirable outcomes, even in seemingly intractable conflict.

Can 50, 100, 1,000 or more people come together and be fully engaged for days on end creating solutions to the most complex, nuanced, and emotionally-charged topics? The short answer is “yes.”

Immersive Sessions

We design and deliver to specified needs. Drawing on a wide range of theory, we work with teams to increase their effectiveness working together.

Specific possibilities include communication skills, productive conflict, building and maintaining trust, planning and executing in complex contexts, and measurement of deliveries.

All of our sessions are experiential; we believe strongly that sustained change is achieved through direct experience and practice. For the portions requiring presentation, we accommodate multiple learning styles.

Every session is unique; we define success with each group, and track progress against agreed priorities.

APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY

Adapt and respond at the scale of the whole; team to enterprise. Create a relentless focus on what outcome is desired, explore what the group already knows and is capable of. Envision a future built on the best of what is, construct a path to it, begin traveling.

Appreciative Inquiry is based on a cycle that can be practiced at any scale. Beginning with the Decision; respond to change by stating a powerful desired outcome. Discover through exploring what is already possible at our best. Dream what the future might be if achieved by amplifying our strengths. Design the change; reshape the present state through a series of shared agreements that will immediately begin bringing us toward the Dream. Destiny is the work, milestones, and steps starting tomorrow that will breathe life into the Design.

OPEN SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Bring an important idea, topic or question to a group. Create space for them to identify the most important ideas around it. Enable the emergence of actionable solutions and commitment to address them.

Open Space meets a group exactly where it is. They choose what to talk about; each individual opts in or out of whatever conversations inspires them. Actions are decided and committed to by the same people who care deeply about them.