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Designing Ditches Is Not Digging Ditches: The Map is Not the Territory

The map is not the territory means that the description of something is not the reality of that something. The model is not reality, or in the context of this Thursday Thought, when a group of consultants who know very little about your organization design a strategy, it does not mean that strategy will succeed. In fact, because they do not know the inner workings of not only your industry, or the realities of the territory of your organization, coupled with the reality that they often do not include key people in designing the map, many consultants design bum maps. Is it any wonder that 75% of transformational efforts fail? (I always believe it is more because some organizations will not admit such failure)

The PenPals of Innovation: No Facts only Interpretations

When a group collaborates, empathy is often assumed to be present, but it is rarely the case. I believe it is a good idea for the group to highlight the need for empathy so that all voices are heard and the room is not dominated by the extraverts or the HiPPO: Highest Paid Person’s Opinion. In addition, when we consider where each person is “coming from” (empathy) and when we agree on ways of working, we are less likely to hold back on our suggestions or withhold beneficial critique.

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Divided We Fall: Inner Conflict, Outer Disruption

In my work as a consultant in reinvention and organizational change, I see this trend all the time. We are often so embroiled in inner conflict, with internal one-upmanship, with competing with the person down the hall that we have no energy left to deal with real threats or to identify magnificent opportunities.

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Inoculating Stasis: Why We Need Multiple Doses!

As we certainly know by now (whether we want to or not), medical inoculation refers to a set of methods of artificially inducing immunity against infectious diseases. While our immune systems are extremely adept at fighting viruses, they sometimes need a helping hand. In this Thursday Thought, I draw the analogy of inoculation methodologies and organisational (and even individual) transformation journeys. In particular, I focus on the multi-dose approach, as we are experiencing today with the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

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