Had a superb visit with Dick and Emily Axelrod this weekend. We got to hang out, as well as host a brilliant one day seminar with them in our home city of Dundee.
The group of clients and friends that gathered to explore ‘Engagement is the New Change Management’ and ‘Leading with an Engagement Edge’ had a very interesting and stimulating day @ Figure 8 Venues.
The diversity and willingness of the group to engage lead to a very stimulating day – where we explored core concepts of engagement, change (‘old’ change management as well as the ‘new’ change management), and leadership.
Just to give a short ‘flavour’ of the day, I’ll share some of what we explored.
Old Change Management
Dick spoke about the ‘Old Change Management’. The leaders decide the change, appoint a group or groups to plan and implement the change. If you get a consultant on board and you involve some staff, this is the ‘gold standard’ of change management. It’s still alive and well in organisational life! Dick showed how it’s actually very mechanistic, can significantly reduce engagement, with knock on consequences. This short video summarises the Old Change Management.
The New Change Management
We also looked at the ‘New Change Management’ and from my illustration you can see the emphasis is on something organic. We worked through these core principles and Dick and Emily showed how simple things can have a significant impact: like getting people to share what’s important to them at work and why. These ‘care conversations’ are all part of the
The video below summarises the key models and impact of the ‘New Change Management.’
We also learned how meetings are often such a missed engagement opportunity & how we can run more ‘engaging’ meetings using a simple model – the meeting canoe.
The Leadership Diamond
In the afternoon, we got the opportunity to look at ‘Leadership with an Engagement Edge,’ in particular doing a deeper exploration of our friend Peter Koestenbaum’s ‘Leadership Diamond.’
We learned through this inspirational and mind expanding material, about the importance of paying attention to all points of the Diamond, and how the diamond is a ‘lens’ to look at the individual as well as the system.
One person said on the day that… ‘It was great to get world class speakers here in Dundee – bring it on!’
Thanks to Dick and Emily & everyone who made it a significant day of learning which we can apply to our work immediately!
Now… off to have some care conversations and ride a few meeting canoes…