In trying to improve organizational performance we often find ourselves overwhelmed by the intricacies of human behavior, societal dynamics, and the myriad of emotions and cognitive processes that drive our actions. The human system, with its vast web of interconnections, is a classic example of a "complex adaptive system" (CAS). But what if we could … Continue reading Inherent Simplicity: A New Lens to Understand the Human System
In the world of business models and strategies, we often come across words that are used interchangeably. 'Customer', 'Client' and 'Consumer' – each of these terms carries a unique meaning and relevance depending on the context. As we dive into the nuances of The 3Cs Model, an important question arises: which term should we use? … Continue reading Decoding the 3Cs: Customer, Client or Consumer?
“We are in the middle of one of the most profound shifts in human history, where the primary work of mankind is moving from the Industrial Age of “control” to the Knowledge Worker Age of “release.” – Stephen R Covey For centuries people have organised themselves into collective groups. We all know that when we … Continue reading What is High Performance through Engagement?
In the context of sustainable high performance in an organization, the three-legged stool metaphor represents the three necessary conditions for achieving that goal: Commercial Responsibility, Customer Value, and Culture. The first leg of the stool is Commercial responsibility, which refers to an organization's ability to manage its finances, resources, and operations to ensure its long-term … Continue reading Unlocking Sustainable High Performance: The Power of the Three-Legged Stool
Interest-Based Problem-Solving, an approach rooted in addressing the underlying needs, interests, and concerns of all parties involved, has gained prominence as an effective method for conflict resolution and collaboration in the workplace. In addition to fostering stronger working relationships, this method can also accelerate personal growth and development. By incorporating elements of Robert Kegan's Constructive … Continue reading Five Ways Interest-Based Problem-Solving Accelerates Personal Growth and Development at Work
Discover the Power of finding Synergy between Commercial Responsibility, Customer Value, and Culture Are you tired of the conflict, silos and inefficiency that stop your organisation from delivering on its potential? Do you want more collaboration, flow and throughput to drive performance and achieve more for your organisation? If so, then this webinar could be for you! … Continue reading How to evaporate Conflict, reduce Silos and stop inefficiency in your organisation
It is estimated that employees spend 42% of their time engaging in or attempting to resolve conflict and 20% of Managers' time is consumed with conflict-related issues. Masters and Albright (2002), in The Complete Guide to Conflict Resolution in the Workplace, point out that people thrive on conflict in most areas of their lives–football games, political debates, legal disputes–yet … Continue reading What is Interest-Based Problem-Solving?
This Is Marketing: You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to See by Seth Godin Seth Godin has taught and inspired millions of entrepreneurs, marketers, leaders, and fans from all walks of life, via his blog, online courses, lectures, and bestselling books. He is the inventor of countless ideas that have made their way into … Continue reading You can do work that matters for people who care.
"Ladies and gentleman. The financial performance is not enough. The real thing is the harmony within the company. If you have the harmony within the company the financial performance will arrive. If you don’t have the harmony inside the company the financial performance, even if you have them, will be lost. The real key is … Continue reading Ladies and gentlemen. The financial performance is not enough! A word from Goldratt.
Alex Rogo, the new executive vice president of UniCo, must turn around three newly acquired companies, knowing that if he succeeds, they will be sold off and the new owners will replace him, and if he fails, the companies will be closed--in either case, he will likely be fired. Using the unique business-novel format, It's Not … Continue reading There are three necessary conditions for sustainable high performance. Commercial Responsibility, Consumer Value AND Culture.
This article was first published on LinkedIn by Dr Kelvyn Youngman. It is re-published here with permission. Introduction Very few people understand subordination. No, it's true! In contrast, almost everyone understands exploitation. So, how can this be? Well, exploitation is instinctful and subordination is not. Subordination is thoughtful. We most easily understand exploitation, instinctfully, as a matter of … Continue reading Exploitation and Subordination Reframed as Productivity and Utility
"It would seem to be so self‑evident that maximum prosperity for the employer, coupled with maximum prosperity for the employé, ought to be the two leading objects of management, that even to state this fact should be unnecessary. And yet there is no question that, throughout the industrial world, a large part of the organization … Continue reading “Perhaps the majority on either side do not believe that it is possible so to arrange their mutual relations that their interests become identical.”
“We are in the middle of one of the most profound shifts in human history, where the primary work of mankind is moving from the Industrial Age of “control” to the Knowledge Worker Age of “release.”Stephen R Covey The quote above is from the foreword of "Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning … Continue reading ‘Command and Control’ or ‘Facilitate and Release’
“The largest continuing hemorrhaging cost in every organisation is the time that people are wasting basically protecting and looking out for themselves.”- Robert Kegan
Can we move the whole by focusing on just one part? I wonder what Archimedes would have said?
“The thing for me is recognising that, as a business leader, you have a responsibility to lead a company for the future, leaving it in a better place in five, 10, 15, or 20 years’ time. My job is to make sure that commercials are strong, the customer experience is great, the culture of the … Continue reading High Performance Engagement, Air New Zealand, and the 3C’s
There are fundamentally two approaches to dealing with resistance to change. First, we can see the power in it and utilise it in the same way as Dr. Kegan and Dr. Lahey suggest in my last post or, we can see it as harmful and try to eliminate it. In 2001 Prof. Victoria Mabin and … Continue reading Remove resistance or harness it?
"It's worth remembering that we lived in tribes for millennia, long before we learned how to speak. Emotional connection is our default. We only added words and symbolic logic much later. There are a few places where all that matters is the words. Where the force of logic is sufficient to change the moment. The rest … Continue reading Facilitating change – the real issues are …
What is culture?'Culture' is a term that has become an important part of any organisation's vocabulary and a defining characteristic when talking about the organisation to both employees and customers. However, what it really means, how it works, and the impact it has on performance are often misunderstood. At Human Synergistics International, they define "culture" in … Continue reading How Culture Works
The Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI) is one of the Human Synergistics International tools for individuals. It is actually two tools: The first is Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI 1). This tool provides participants with the answer to the question “How do I think I think?” The second is Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI 2). This tool provides participants … Continue reading Can the Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI) be used as a cultural diagnostic?