How can you do introduce culture change or new ways of working effectively?
Coercion no longer works – we need an invitation-based process to engage the whole workforce. The organisation or team should shift into a safe BetaLab mode to try new things out co-creatively, with multiple prototypes. And this can only be done at scale through thousands of conversations, across the organisation. How can we do this? How can we enable so many conversations at scale? Our solution is simple, but not conventional:
Open Smart Transformation
Because real organisational transformation starts with genuine human engagement
The solution involves simply asking all parties concerned for their input and getting them all freely engaged in co-creating change …………. using the efficient logistics of large group gathering Open Space Technology (Open Space) we invite everyone who will be affected by the implementation or change to co-create the new approach together in a playful spirit. Rather than impose from above, with leaders writing and telling the story, we invite everybody to write the story together, harnessing the intimate and often latent knowledge of what will work in detail and for customers.
Open Smart Transformation (OST) is a method (adapted from Daniel Mezick, in Open Agile Adoption) for introducing any procedural or cultural change and adoption of new systems into your organisation. It applies the power of invitation and the ability of teams to be more productive and innovative when they are actively engaged in co-creating the process. Open Smart Transformation combines the principles of Invitation, Open Space, games mechanics, storytelling, prototyping and passage rites in getting everyone fully engaged in the adoption or change process.
The central Caterfly process comprises an opening (Initiation Open Space event), a middle betalab gestation ‘cocoon’ lasting several months (experimentation, play and storytelling) and a closing (Maturation Open Space event). Each Open Space event lasts 1 – 3 days and embraces as many employees as can come together at the same time and place (typically 100 – 1,000 people depending on size of organisation / department). The clear and simple structure marked by the beginning and end, and the emphasis on manageable and incremental adjustments, iterating to what emerges, help to minimise anxiety and upheaval during the transformation.
Why would you want to do it this way? –> Why
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The question I get asked most often these days is: ‘How can I transform my existing organisation?’ The CEO who helped automotive supplier FAVI adopt self-management always replies to this question with the shortest of answers: ‘Demerdez-vous!‘ Frederic Laloux, Reinventing Organisations
Open Smart Transformation is a derivative of Prime/OS™. Find out more about the foundations of our work, in particular the work of Daniel Mezick and Harrison Owen, here.