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Turn on a dime, Viral Agile Change

Misunderstanding #1: We need a burning platform for change!

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I attended the first of the series of webinars by Dr. Leandro Herrero. I am a keen practitioner of his “Viral Change” method in context with my other practices including Systems Thinking, Complexity Science (Cynefin), LeSS for organizational descaling.

The first misunderstanding that Dr. Herrero talked about is that change requires a burning platform. Yes, history has shown that for intrinsic change to happen you do need to have some kind of crisis – so either an external crisis or a proactively created internal crisis is helpful to draw people towards aligned change. But, it is not a pre-requisite. If you are proactive and want to set up mechanisms to change ahead of the curve, you could really start a revolution and having mechanisms to bringing together people to create cultural change. No preconditions are required, and it is a better place to start than in a crisis – a situation in which you are already at a disadvantage and therefore you dont have the ability to work from a position of strength.

Tomorrow, we shall talk about the another misunderstanding..

Srikanth Ramanujam is a Coach and teacher focusing on helping organizations with new ways of work. He draws from the best of ideas, frameworks, methods and practices and his work and offerings include:

  • Application of Complexity practices, Design Thinking and Systems thinking to Organizational design
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  • Product Management and Product Development – customer centered agility using LeSS works – a Product Development and R&D technique that focuses on high forms of Agility and technical practices
  • Application of creating sustainable change in culture of an organization through practice of organic and network theory practices – driving change though Viral Change – to create social movement of beneficial behaviours that scale quickly.

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