Improvement appetite: letting others create it so you don't have to

Over the last 3 months I have been exploring how to solve a significant barrier I've seen with improving an organizations way of working. The problem is related to a lack of clear improvement need or appetite, even when coaches are hired and money is being spent.

The symptoms: Teams and leaders that struggle to find time to take improvement action but when they do, they find it helpful. When you're gone improvement progress comes to a full halt, and even sometimes slips backwards.

I believe the root of this problem is actually in our approach as coaches and we are focused on solving the wrong things. We are actually making this much harder on ourselves than it needs to be. In this talk we will explore what drives improvement appetite in corporations and the psychology behind the human desire for improvement. I will explore some practical steps we can take to enhance improvement appetite that will allow change effectiveness to take hold even faster.

I view this as the key to unlocking the potential of organizations that we know is possible. The path to sustainable work-life, and thriving businesses.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  1. Introduction to the problem - lack of improvement appetite - what is it?
  2. The psychology behind creating improvement appetite
  3. Who best creates improvement appetite in the work place
  4. How can we create improvement awareness and desire?
  5. How does this impact our expectation of ourselves and our leaders in change initiatives?
  6. What does this mean for us, our community?
  7. What evidence do we have that this is a solution?
  8. Why this is bigger than just our leaders, teams, and our companies
  9. Call to action

Learning Outcome

  • The importance of assessing improvement appetite and a technique that can help
  • The impact certain roles and techniques have on creating improvement appetite
  • The psychology of human desire for improvement
  • The things we do that prevent improvement appetite from being created
  • How our values link directly to our improvement appetite
  • How enhancing our values link directly to improvement of practices
  • Why the maturity of the organization also links directly to improvement appetite

Target Audience

Coaches and Leaders going through or planning to go through change initatives

Prerequisites for Attendees

None, but basic agile exposure will be helpful.

schedule Submitted 2 years ago

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