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#Video about Overcoming #Change #Resistance :: TOC.tv

November 22nd, 2012 Posted in Change Tags: , , , , ,

Someone (Franck V.)  sent me this nice cartoon about Overcoming Resistance :: TOC.tv. Check it out, it’s nice!

It’s the classical 4 elements of change:

  • what are the positive aspects of changing (need to have a lot)
  • what are the negative aspects of changing (as few as possible)
  • what are the positive aspects of staying the same (as few as possible)
  • and what are the negative aspects of staying the same (need to have a lot)

If all these variables are right, then people will most probably change.

Of course, this is the logical side of change, and it needs to be right.

But there are other aspects not evoked in this video that others (including myself) have found important for a change. Here’s an example why logic only isn’t enough of a motivation to change that I wrote some time ago about: Change or Die.

For instance, Self-Determination Theory explains that what’s motivating people ought to be intrinsic to them to be the most effective (surely, a motivation to change follows the same pattern). And intrinsic motivation mostly comes out of:

  • Autonomy: the decision has to be theirs
  • Competence: they need to feel competent to achieve the change
  • Relatedness: they need to feel being part of a group

I have other hints as to what needs to be true for the change to be accepted and done, and it has to do with the cybernetics of mental models (or that the mind needs the requisite variety to understand the change and its consequences). The less a mind is “adapted” to a change, the more it will find discrepancies between how it is now and how the change would have it then. And since that’s discrepancies against a (supposedly) good state, these are most probably seen as bad. And thus not wanted.

I have a paper in writing on this, so I’m not going to explain this in details here, I need to lay down my ideas properly first. Stay tuned!

 

#AppreciativeInquiry AI Summit – Démarche appréciative on Vimeo

October 29th, 2012 Posted in Appreciative Inquiry Tags: ,

Here’s a video of participants’ feedback on an AI summit. Can you spot a sad face? I couldn’t…

The video’s in french, but there are english subtitles. Congrats to Bernard and Claire for 1) facilitating this and 2) releasing the video!

Appreciative Inquiry AI Summit – Démarche appréciative on Vimeo.

Systems Thinking #howto #video from @systemswiki #stwg

SystemsWiki is a great web site for those that want to learn more about Systems Thinking. It relies heavily on the LinkedIn group Systems Thinking World (which I invite you to join if you’re so inclined). The group’s description is the following:

We believe a systemic perspective provides the best foundation for creating effective approaches for dealing with situations and shaping a better tomorrow. Our purpose is to create content which furthers understanding of the value of a systemic perspective and enables thinking and acting systemically.

Now, after some free webinars, SystemsWiki releases the training videos on Youtube. Check them out!

Short video presentation of #SolutionFocus by Mark McKergow

February 29th, 2012 Posted in Solution Focus Tags: , , ,

Please help yourself: quick (around 4 minutes) and right to the point!

Solution Focus introduction par Mark McKergow, co-author of “The solution focus” book.

Also, I can’t help but recommend the book Mark co-authored, as it is a real pleasure to read: Solution Focus in its most elegant and simple apparel: The Solution Focus.

Reblog: Noah Raford » Adapting Snowden’s #Cynefin Framework to Encompass Systemic Organisational Change

October 18th, 2011 Posted in Change, Systems Thinking Tags: , , , ,

Here’s a video I wanted to see from quite some time ago.

That’s very interesting and mixes the Cynefin framework (from Dave Snowden) with the Adaptive Change Cycle (Resilience Alliance) which I didn’t know about.

Noah Raford » Adapting Snowden’s Cynefin Framework to Encompass Systemic Organisational Change.

I don’t know what I’m going to do with this, but I’ll investigate the Resilience Alliance and their model of change a bit more, for sure!

 

Motion analysis and improvement predates #Lean: Gilbreth videos!

September 23rd, 2011 Posted in Lean Tags: , , ,

There’s a french-speaking Yahoo group on Lean discussions (here) where Michel Baudin (LinkedIn profile) posted two links to some archived videos of motion analysis and improvement by the Gilbreth (Wikipedia pages: Lillian and Frank):

Have a look at the Wikipedia pages above, there’s some material linked!

This is very interesting!

People don’t buy what you do, but why you do it (#TED talk by Simon #Sinek)

March 22nd, 2011 Posted in Change Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Go check this empowering video available here (and maybe the corresponding book also).

Simon greatly explains that people don’t buy what you do or how you do it, but why you do it.  He also explains that you need to have this in mind in order to cross the chasm to get the vast majority of your niche buy your product.

 

#Video About The #Book “Fry The Monkeys Create A Solution” (#Solutionfocus)

March 16th, 2011 Posted in Solution Focus Tags: , , ,

For those that like videos, here is a 6 minutes video about a very recent book regarding Solution Focus: About The Book “Fry The Monkeys Create A Solution“.

The video is a light introduction to the world of Solution Focus and answers the most common questions about it (whether it is about problem phobia for instance).

I have not read it (yet?). What I did read is “Solutions Focus: Making Coaching and Change S.I.M.P.L.E.” which is a great book targeted to a wide range of audiences, from consultants to managers and coaches in differing contexts (individual to small teams to bigger systems, though it is acknowledged that Appreciative Inquiry may be more suited for that purpose). The S.I.M.P.L.E. principles at the heart of Solution Focus are explained as well as the easy tools and the OSKAR coaching framework that can be used for, well, coaching using SF.

 

Donella Meadows: #vision is a necessity before any other #systemsthinking method (sort of #AppreciativeInquiry)

Reading through the Systems Thinking World LinkedIn Group, Gene Bellinger (SystemsWiki owner and group owner) posted the link below to a video of Donella Meadows talking about Vision.

Meadows is a renowned systems thinker whose main work is the “Limits to Growth” book about how our continuing use of non renewable resources will bring a brutal stop to our growth.

In the video posted (http://www.uvm.edu/giee/beyondenvironmentalism/Meadows.mov), Meadows talks about the very importance of always having a vision in mind before trying to do something and how this helped her discover things that she thought she wouldn’t have otherwise. Read more »

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