Transformation Distilled: A Journey and a Way of Being

This is not a traditional change management approach or a new change management approach.

This is not a theoretical or speculative approach to transformation.

This is an experientially derived and proven approach to transformation.

Enterprise

An enterprise is a meaningfully-purposeful collective of individuals who form an ecosystem.

They share an organizational structure, organizational processes, and culture bounded by meaning and purpose.

They express themselves through their language, relationships, and behaviors.

Value Discovery and Delivery

The enterprise (organization) is focused on value (results) via ongoing value discovery and delivery efforts. All efforts are bounded by an overarching strategic perspective (from which tactical and operational perspectives are derived).

A value discovery project (effort) is focused on discovering valued products/services/experiences (results).

A value delivery project (effort) is focused on delivering valued products/services/experiences (results).

Transformation

Transformation (also known as vitalization) involves fundamental change that fosters organizational health (performance and well-being).

Enterprise transformation involves the fundamental change of an enterprise, not merely causing the enterprise to change its structure or processes, but causing the enterprise to change its culture (expressed through language, relationships, and behaviors), which may in turn cause the enterprise to change its structure and processes.

Organizational health involves a high performing enterprise that thrives within its context.

A Journey and a Way of Being

Transformation coaches are catalysts who foster (via intervention) the enterprise’s journey towards a more healthy way of being.

Transformation Distilled

Transformation is enacted across three phases (Context, Foundation, and Evolution) and involves three core or essential elements (Nucleus, Dynamics, and Communities).

The phases are not merely sequential but general overlap (within a 3 to 6+ month timeframe for all three phases, which is further adapted to the needs/context of the enterprise).

Phase I: Context

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The first phase involves engaging and energizing the enterprise.

This phase focuses on sufficiently appreciating the enterprise to foster the creation of a “minimal” value discovery and delivery framework and transformation roadmap.

The framework expresses a value-centric way of being. The framework may leverage almost any Strategy, Leadership, Execution, Cultural, etc. model or approach (for example, [1], [2], [3], [4], etc.). The roadmap expresses a transformation journey.

  • Sufficiently understand (gain awareness of) the enterprise.
  • Establish a nucleus based on the constituencies of stakeholders.
    A nucleus is a group of people who are the initial agents of transformation.
  • Engage the nucleus and leverage the understanding of the enterprise, various bodies of knowledge (content), and various bodies of practice (experiences) to derive a “minimal” value discovery and delivery framework (initial draft).
  • Engage the nucleus to socialize (with the constituencies of stakeholders) and refine the “minimal” value discovery and delivery framework (metaphorically, a “skeleton”).
  • Introspection, reflection, appreciation, and greater awareness are essential!
  • Ensure the wholeness of the nucleus and enterprise. This is essential!

Phase II: Foundation

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The second phase involves fostering the enterprise experiencing and elaborating its new way of being.

This phase focuses on value discovery and delivery efforts progressively experiencing and elaborating the emerging framework.

  • Engage the nucleus to enact value discovery and delivery efforts to experience and elaborate the framework. Ensure people experience vital natural & instinctual human dynamics.
    • The nucleus must live the framework and practice & exhibit the language, relationships, and behaviors.
    • The nucleus must coach other people and engage & invite other people to live the framework.
    • Those engaged, invited, and impacted will in turn live the framework and coach other people, etc.
    • Introspection, reflection, appreciation, and greater awareness are essential!
    • From enactment, a more healthy framework (metaphorically, a “skeleton with muscles”) will emerge.
  • Ensure the enterprise recognizes the journey and way of being. (Commonly referred to as “the shift“).
  • Engage the nucleus to renew the enterprise’s value discovery and delivery capabilities (means, ends, and means-ends) derived from an overarching strategic perspective. Ensure people experience vital natural & instinctual human dynamics. Renewal is essential!

Phase III: Evolution


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The third phase involves fostering the enterprise evolving and embodying its new way of being.

This phase focuses on value discovery and delivery efforts progressively evolving and embodying the emerging framework.

  • Engage the nucleus to further enact value discovery and delivery efforts to evolve and embody the framework. Ensure people experience vital natural & instinctual human dynamics.
    • The nucleus must live the framework and practice & exhibit the language, relationships, and behaviors.
    • The nucleus must coach other people and engage & invite other people to live the framework.
    • Those engaged, invited, and impacted will in turn live the framework and coach other people, etc.
    • Introspection, reflection, appreciation, and greater awareness are essential!
    • From further enactment, a more healthy framework (metaphorically, a “skeleton with muscles”) will emerge.
  • Engage the nucleus to renew the enterprise’s oversight capability. Ensure people experience vital natural & instinctual human dynamicsRenewal is essential!
  • Engage the nucleus to foster communities of commitment around the value discovery and delivery framework (metaphorically, a “skeleton with muscles and skin”).
  • Ensure the wholeness of the communities of commitment and enterprise derived from an overarching strategic perspective. This is essential!

Does it Work? What are the Results?

This is an experientially derived and proven approach to transformation.

Does it work? It works! But, it (adopting, scaling, and sustaining the change) is constrained by the readiness of the enterprise to transform, the potency of the nucleus involved, and the potency of the coaches involved.

What are the results? Anecdotal evidence suggests a 3 to 5 times improvement in organizational health (performance and well-being)! See the recommendations for more information or contact me directly.

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