Archive for the ‘Facilitation’ Category

5 Strategies to Lead Change Using Liberating Structures

Featured: Five key concepts and supporting research and tools will help you lead through adaptive change in a VUCA world, one that is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous, as presented in Mexico City for CPA firm leaders at the Russell Bedford International conference, yet applicable for any leader.   It’s been a year full of volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, or […]


Business Entrepreneur Storytelling at Entre-Slam with Deb

Entre-Slam is an entrepreneurial story telling competition held in Ann Arbor. Storytelling is powerful – and is a key leadership tool.  Telling my story was also a great way to illustrate storytelling as important to change and communicating complex ideas, including my history in organization development (OD).   Explaining OD to the uninitiated is like describing […]


Two Tried & True Change Models – Evergreen for Agile Change

“There isn’t anything so practical as” a good model to help leaders, change agents and advocates explain what is happening in change and transition, paraphrasing Kurt Lewin.  An informed change leader can head off the deadly effects of compliance and indifference and increase true, community commitment with a good set of tools, facilitation skills and change research, informed by timely […]


There’s No Such Thing as Leadership? Pull, Influence and “Open Space” vs. Power

How many times has the question been asked, “What is management vs. what is leadership?”   This question, which is actually about power and influence, seems as if it may never die.  A web search on the difference between the two delivers 176 million results. __________________ A web search on “what is management vs. leadership” […]


Agile Leader Learning for Sustainable Change: Steps through Sharp Rocks

You’ve probably experienced it, that uncomfortable feeling of letting go of something tried and formerly true without knowing what is coming next. Welcome to the Neutral Zone, coined by change writer William Bridges1 who helped us understand the human element in Change. I propose that prioritizing “unlearning” for what no longer meets the needs of your […]


Open Space on Speed: Social Business with the Coaches, Results! Video

We had 10 minutes, and it was plenty to grab ahold of Social Media concepts for business.  Using the theme of abundance, these professional coaches made it easy, using a new (to them) format of “Open Space Technology.”  I was the facilitator of a session named:  SOCIAL BUSINESS FOR CONNECTION, LIVELIHOOD and FUN  for the […]


Knowledge, Passion & Power: 3 Simple Change Principles to Release It

Leverage is a reason that leaders use when choosing to work in collaboration as well as hire consultants, who have the skills of helping leaders see multiple perspectives.  This is especially an asset when dealing with difficult, complex, even wicked problems.  This quote rings true in our experience with change projects:   “If knowledge is […]


Change Management, Daryl Conner, and Open Space Agility ~ ACMP (Updated)

We’ve been talking to some terrific change management consultants and leaders over the last few months. We’ve being doing Skype video interviews. And now, we’re talking with Daryl Conner keynoter at the Association for Change Management Conference 2011 in May. Just in time: ChangeManagementResources.com is getting Skype video interviews.


Co-Creation in Theory U: Leading from the Future as it Emerges & the Road to Commitment

Theory U features concepts intended to help leaders and managers in the public and private sector break through unproductive patterns of behavior. This includes not listening to their staff and clients’ and producing ineffective patterns of decision making. Otto Sharmer’s diagrams and practices include accessible illustration on paths in listening, for example, reinforced through the book, as a key focus on the left side of the U:


Synchronicity! Meaning Making, Sense Making & Change Video, The ODeXchange

What is the place of synchronicity in how we facilitate change and transition? This session explored how we help ourselves, and therefore help data from the field of existence emerge. We’ll present Theory U, a tool, method and way of seeing and facilitating change, which invites data to emerge through shared meaning making helping co-create and sustain the change process.