Written by Sarah Lewis, our founder. This short, lively book by seasoned Dialogic OD practitioner Sarah Lewis describes how the unfolding interactions with the change sponsor, internal change agent(s), and planning team lays the essential groundwork for successful large group Dialogic OD.
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Sarah provides detailed descriptions of the many issues and group dynamics you are likely to face and appropriate responses to each of them. Supporting you as you enter the organization, gain the support of a key sponsor, set up a design team, and then help that team let go of traditional, problem-solving approaches to planned change and instead embrace a generative change approach. We follow a case of an experienced Dialogic OD practitioner beginning a new assignment for a leader who says he wants to create an empowering, engaging approach to dealing with people issues identified in a staff survey but doesn’t really understand what it takes.
We watch her work with an internal change-agent partner who has trouble letting go of mechanistic, bureaucratic processes, and a design team who initially assume their job is to provide solutions for managers to implement. Over a few months, a developmental process takes place as they test, challenge, learn and eventually become the core from which the entire organization gets ready to engage in generative change.
PRAISE FOR CO-CREATING PLANNING TEAMS FOR DIALOGIC OD
In this book Sarah Lewis answers all the questions most organisations forget to ask when implementing change. Who should be involved? How should we engage them? And, what is the process by which an organisation can design its own future? Anyone who is weary of having to justify ineffective change strategies will find this book refreshing and practical. It offers a step-by-step guide to implementing truly effective, authentic and sustainable organisational change - Dr Roger Bretherton, Associate Professor, School of Psychology, University of Lincoln
With clear explanations and an illuminating case study, this book takes us by the hand on the hardest part of a journey of transformation: the vital first steps towards doing something different. In a reader-friendly way she shows us missteps to avoid as well as pointing out key moments to watch out for, while giving stage-by-stage guidance on how to create a dialogic change planning team. If you know you know you need a different approach to change, but don't know how to get started, this is the book for you. - David Lewis, programme director and guest lecturer at the London Business School; author of 'What philosophy can teach you about being a better leader'.
Had a read and... love it. Seriously, I am not prone to language like that unless I mean it. I work with many internals, and this is a practical, pragmatic and useful book. It does that rare thing of weaving a number of interconnected and related ideas e.g. wicked problems, the nature of change (and mess) in human systems, power and politics, working with anxiety, Dialogic OD etc, and succeeds in weaving a narrative that is grounded and, crucially, accessible. There is no colluding with 'the magic of OD', rather this is a book that helps consultants and practitioners by both explaining and offering suggestions, steps and approaches they can experiment with, whilst building a compelling case for why many of these are not to be skipped over. It takes some of the gnarliest challenges and offers suggestions that are eminently practical that you can play with, and in a way that does not discount the difficulties involved. - Steve Hearsum, Co-chair ODN Europe.
As always, Sarah Lewis is in the forefront of practice, focusing on getting it done in the real world in the best possible fashion. Her real strengths is responding to the industry needs using the most appropriate methodology and co-creating interventions. Dialogic OD takes the consulting field two steps up, enabling to address wicked and complex problems. A fascinating read! - Ilona Boniwell, Director at Positran