Systems thinking for transformative change

Culture of an organization often gets blamed for lack of transformation success. This session takes a systems view to organization transformation. In organization systems, points of leverage are powerful because a small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything. Consequently the higher the leverage point the more the system will resist changing it. Direct attempts at changing organizational culture do not work, they lead to many haphazard attempts at behavior change but do not result in lasting transformation within organization. Many leaders attempt to shift organizational behavior and neglect underlying structures that give rise to dysfunctional behavior. We compare and contrast different systems leverage points, to draw distinction between leaders actions and more importantly mindset towards organizational transformation. Introduction to various systems thinking models with colorful examples from real world coaching situations will help you to think through your transformation challenges and learn why culture change is free, when you replace willpower with knowledge.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

In this talk, we will cover following topics:

  1. What can nature teach us about transformations?
  2. Culture vulture, strange loop, and Shu-Ha-Ri trap
  3. Systems 12 points of leverage
  4. Compare & contrast: "constants, parameters, & numbers" vs. "structure of information flows
    1. "Dysfunctional measurement systems & compelling feedback loops
  5. Compare & contrast: "Rules of System" vs. "power to self-organize system structure"
    1. Fear & blame & psychological safety
  6. Compare & contrast: "goals of system" vs "mindset out of which system arises"
    1. Paradox of progress & choice
    2. Results pyramid
    3. Kantor's team context model & gardner's mindset
    4. importance of dialogue in learning together - Dialogic leadership model
    5. Visioning strategies - Peter Senge

During this talk there are many audience engagement polls. Additionally there are par-share activities as we proceed through different sections of this talk.

Learning Outcome

  1. Learning about systems structure can help in predicting future behavior, and events.
  2. Attempts to directly change culture are futile: Culture follows structure
  3. Systems understanding of common Agile transformation pitfalls
  4. Introduction to various systems thinking models

Target Audience

Senior Management and leadership influencers who are going through transformation or thinking of starting on journey

Prerequisites for Attendees

No pre-requisite

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