Transformation with blindfold and earplugs – really?

January 18, 2018

We hear and talk a lot about organisational transformation or moving to be a more agile organisation. I am left wondering however if we really know what we are intending to transform from and to and how we will know when we get there?

The problem with transformation is that everyone is into it and needing to do it, whatever it is. But let’s be clear as with any journey, you need to know:

Where are you starting from?

Where do you want to get to?

How you are you going to get there?

How will you know that you have arrived?

That means doing some homework or diagnosis ahead of the journey. The problem is that most organisations get straight into doing stuff and fixing things without knowing whether it is the stuff that needs done or fixed or not. It’s a bit like setting off an a journey blindfolded and with earplugs in!

So why not transform your transformation and start with diagnosis. Get a fuller understanding of where your organisation is at with strategy, structure, process, people and culture and then have a much clearer understanding of where you are starting from, where you want to get to, how you will get there and how you will know when you have arrived!

The Institute for Organisational Development developed its Organisational Development diagnostic workshop with Harvard University in 2006 and have been using it extensively ever since to help organisations get ready for transformation and go on and transform the right stuff at the right time and in the right order!

It would be great to hear more about your experiences with transformation.

Ian Andrew

Governance & Partnerships – Director (Deputy CEO)

The Institute for Organisational Development for People, Performance and Organisational Development

 

 

 

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