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Define the organisation’s current state and paradigms

Phase 2


Task 1: Define the organisation’s current state and paradigms

Any change process begins with knowing where you are and why you want to leave. According to Noel Tichy and Eli Cohen, authors of The Leadership Engine, change occurs when:

D(dissatisfaction) + V(vision) + C(concrete first steps) > is greater than I (inertia)

Defining an organisation’s current state involves clearly defining both ends of this equation. In this sense, inertia represents the current situation including ways of thinking and operational paradigms that may be impacting the organisation’s efficacy. Dissatisfaction represents all of the issues and problems that must be identified before they can be addressed or solved.

During the workshop preparation phase, the facilitator used the information s/he collected to construct a series of PowerPoint slides that in his or her opinion describe the organisation’s current state and identify the issues and problems that seem to be keeping people awake at night. At the workshop, s/he uses the slides to stimulate a guided discussion that leads the group to consensus about the current situation, issues, and problems.

No final decisions need to be made at the workshop. The important thing is for people to know their ideas and opinions have been heard and that their ideas will be considered during the final decision making process.

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