“70% of Organizational Change Initiatives Fail” – How the myth evolvedA timeline revealing the various sources of the widely-quoted 70% change failure rate.
Creative power: generative and degenerative manifestationsWhen creative power is deployed in a solo or group setting, it can manifest either in a generative form or a degenerative form, depending on people’s state of consciousness. The purpose of this article is to try and explain what I mean by these terms, with analogues from seven sources.
Five main ways for a manager to initiate a project: Tell, Sell, Test, Consult, and Co-createAn elaborated version of the Tell–Sell–Test–Consult–Co‑create model introduced by Bryan J. Smith in the Building Shared Vision section of The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook (1994).
Generative enterprise: how I think about purpose, value, vision, strategy, mission and collaborationThis is a long article covering a lot of ground. The content could easily fill an entire book. The sections form an indivisible whole and it would make no sense to devolve them into separate pages. I will create a downloadble pdf version during the coming weeks.
The Innovation Readiness ProcessThe Innovation Readiness Process enables innovation team members to prime themselves for the moment of conception—the showing up of a high potential concept—by fostering profound awareness of the requirements of the innovation project, the wider context, and the dynamics at play.
The story of the Organization Transformation symposiaThe OT Story, by John D. Adams in 1988, plus a complete list of every OT symposium from OT1 in 1985 to OT23 in 2005. Harrison Owen introduced Open Space (later renamed Open Space Technology) at OT3 in 1985.
Two forms of imaginationTruly original ideas having the potential to enrich the world come to us by means of creative imagination, and not through synthetic imagination, which produces derivative ideas and engenders mediocrity.
Value and anti-valueThere are three main types of value: economic, conceptual, and experienced. When value is destroyed, anti-value fills the void.
What is the maximum group size for a proper conversation?The answer is either four or five people, depending on whose research you trust the most. Three sources are cited.
Woodrow Wilson’s “You are here to enrich the world” speechFull transcript of an address given by Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, USA, on 25 October 1913.
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