New Kinds of Hidden Insights – facilitating strategic choices for Astia

Astia was founded in Silicon Valley in 1999 as a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and promoting best-in-class women high-growth entrepreneurs.  It is transforming the way businesses are funded in the here and now, providing capital, connections, and guidance that fuel the growth of highly innovative, women-led ventures around the globe.  They have recently had a number of investment successes and want to build on them to further their charitable objectives and build the number of successful women entrepreneurs. Continue reading

Emergent OD and the Buurtzorg model – reducing costs and satisfying demand

At the moment the pressure is on for HR and OD professionals to create flexible and responsive organisations, making the most of the trends and technologies available.  In the current economic climate, with productivity only just starting to improve, people have limited time for change projects and organisations are getting flatter, putting a greater load on managers.  So how can this be achieved? Continue reading

Minimising the down-sides of change – Jane Lewis featured on HR Magazine

Anyone who’s ever tried to create change will have – at some point – reached for the headache tablets.  The truth is, creating change in any organisation can be difficult and trying at times.  Staff may be reluctant, people can feel insecure and exposed, and, let’s face it, change can never happen overnight, so insecurity and uncertainty stretch on and on.  From the point of view of someone looking up from the front-line – it’s a case of “look out, here it comes again”, especially where change seems to be done in compartments – process change, structural change, culture change.

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Indian businesses take note of positive deviance!

Arvind Singhal presented new concepts including positive deviance and liberating structures, to students and business people at Ahmedabad University.  See this article in the Times of India .  Previously Paul Tolchinsky, of the European Organisational Design Forum, found an interested and welcoming audience for positive deviance in India.  Using Jane Lewis’ slides in several presentations to Indian organisation design specialists, Paul facilitated them to work on some case studies and in his words, “they loved it!”

Workshops in Cambridge and at NHS Institute

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks with workshops.  Sue Ritchie, of MutualGain, and Jane Lewis ran an introduction to using positive deviance for behaviour change for a group of officers and members in Cambridgeshire.  This was provided under the auspices of the NESTA Creative Councils initiative, and Involve, the leading community engagement consultancy.

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Positive reactions to positive deviance in Frankfurt

Jane Lewis had a really enjoyable weekend in Frankfurt at the inaugural meeting of the European Organisational Design Forum.  Presenting a new approach to other consultants and change specialists can be a challenge, but the multi- national group were interested and challenging in a really positive way.

Jane’s presentation covered how Positive Deviance has been used in organisations to uncover hidden solutions and hidden wisdom.  Problems can be solved within existing resources.  The question was posed – “how can we design organisations that allow this kind of empowerment to happen?”  There was a lot of knowledge and expertise in the room and this led to many stimulating discussions,  and ideas about potential applications, both in organisations and communities.

Jane with Stuart Wigham (Aston University and Birmingham City Council), Professor Andrew Campbell (Ashridge Strategic Management Centre) and Wulf Schoenberg (Deutsche Telekom AG)