Have you read the parable of Henry Mintzberg on change & transformation?
The essence? Everyone deeply involved can think constructively about change & transformation. From top executive management across all layers of the organization. Sometimes the best thinking even comes from unexpected sources, from co-workers sparking the seeds of an awesome new process, product, purpose, vision…
Just think for a minute about the best practice business model innovation of IKEA. Instead of selling finished products, it's all about selling furniture unassembled, so that customers can take it home in their cars, saving money for them and the company. This transformed IKEA's business model as well as a larger part of the furniture business. Where did it emerge? With a worker. "Exploration of flat packaging begins when one of the first IKEA co-workers removes the legs of the LÖVET table so that it will fit into a car and avoid damage during transit" (from IKEA.com).
How to enable this? Bottom-up transformation.
The basic concepts? Here you go:
- Effective organizations are communities of engaged human beings, not collections of passive human resources.
- Anyone can come up with a great idea for change
- Communication is open, so that ideas get shared easily
- Strategies, whether as overall visions or market positions, emerge gradually from grounded learning; they are not immaculately conceived
How to bring this to life? At Venture Spirit we use blended learning, inspiration & gamification techniques to mobilize entire organizations, gradually forming the change & transformation.
Credits to Henry Mintzberg for this inspiring insight.