Penguins, Tribes, Resistance and Death. Understanding Change.

In this talk we'll review and merge several transformational models and patterns to help us better understand how our ecosystem behaves when confronted to change.

For 10+ years now I have been collaborating with organisations and teams with a high level of complexity in themselves. Either because of its size, its industry or its processes full of bureaucracy.

Mainly we almost always find different levels of Resistance: active, passive, visible or hidden, that confront different levels of need or urgency, or specifically the perception of that need or urgency.

This reality means that the adoption of certain agile techniques is far from achieving quantitative or qualitative improvements. In these cases, the work must be carried out at another level and the objective is oriented towards the transformation of the entire organisation.

These professional challenges have made me engage in investigating and experimenting to address these needs from different perspectives, both from a holistic approach and at personal level and, if you allow me, also physiological and neurological.

My intention with this talk is not to offer master recipes but to share a combined approach modelled from studying and applying the work of various experts in different domains. From Professor John P. Kotter, author of Leading Change and Our Iceberg is melting, to psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, through consultant David Logan, author of Tribal Leadership, among others.

Once we have a whole picture of how these models can be combined, we'll offer several strategies to support our people to transition through different stages.

And above all, I would love to generate the conversation and share the cases and experiences of those who choose to attend this talk.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

The structure of the session will start with a brief summary of recommendations to change agents based on own experience:

  • Tips about working with models and patterns (5')
  • Advice for change agents (5')

The main section of this talk will be a sequence of explaining & adding different models to link all aspects of a transformation:

  • Organisational change journey vs Individual change journey (10')
  • Key aspects of Individual change journey (10')
  • Crisis Management and Support approach (10')
  • Summary and Take-aways (5')

Session will conclude with Q&As and potentially an open discussion about the meta-model presented.

Learning Outcome

This session will provide:

  • understanding of key change models: Kotter, Kubler-Ross, Tuckman, Avery, etc
  • a combined meta-model that can be used as a tool to understand how individuals and organisations interact with change.
  • examples of how this tool can be useful when navigating organisational change.

Target Audience

Everyone interested in understanding how organisations and humans behave when confronted with change

Prerequisites for Attendees

All models will be explained during the talk so no prep homework is required for attendees.

However, could be beneficial with participants to be familiar with them in advance (see Links section)



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