Archive for February, 2018

Embellishing Common Place Transformation

February 19, 2018

Below is a great article but it misses my essential ingredients for transformation.

My strong beliefs:

1.  I believe the  executive team must transform themselves individually and as a team.  They need to become “one brain, one heart”.  This alignment strengthens the power, influence, and connectivity of the top leaders naturally – in a way that encourages their people to freely follow and support their direction. The relationship between the CEO and his or her team is key. Here is a new notion from Ed Schein: The CEO is the culture.

2. An internal change agent (ICA) must be extensively trained to sustain the transformation journey. This will break the dependence on the outside  consultants.

3. Utilization of design teams that represent the entire system to create a transformative experience over three days in large groups from 300 to 1000.  Cascading does not work. The traditional top-down goals set by upper management for every single person in the organization is no longer relevant in today’s reality of rapid change. Goals are no longer periodic measures but real time current measures of what’s relevant to the employees and organization. Therefore, the executive team needs to lead and be very present in these large meetings. They become aligned with all the people.

4. The establishment of a strategic transformation office that reports directly to the CEO and is led by the internal change agent.

5. Kotter says commitment for a sense of urgency and priority for  transformation from the executive leaders is essential. The Change, Learning & Transformation process becomes integrated into the day-to-day business and is repeated year after year.

For some of you, I am a broken record. Well, how are  you doing moving toward my essentials? I believe you can do it.

Just my two cents.

Great article on Transformation

I welcome your reaction, thoughts and wisdom.

P.S.  My futuristic radar says that the music business has transformed. One can purchase millions of downloadable songs for around $10.00USD only. Money is  still being made by the music industry by those organizations that transformed. The traditional record companies are essentially dead.

The car industry as well as e-commerce and publishing are  transforming as I write.

My most debilitating experience in my professional career occurred a few years ago with our publisher, Wiley. We had a commitment to  go online with e-chapters and videos to support our 4th edition of “Practicing Organization Development.” We  were verbally promised cooperation. After 100s of hours of work, my editor of 25 years and almost 25 books suddenly  pulled the plug out from our venture. We did publish a traditional text successfully and it is doing well yet opportunities were lost.  Yes, I understand. He lost his job along with another 250 employees. I doubt Wiley will excel in the future. They have their head stuck in the sand.  They simply are not transforming!!! Being the largest industrial publisher in the world, Wiley success has simply blinded them to the need for dramatic change.

Insurance, banking and government are in the next wave of transformative shifting followed by the military, health, and energy.

We will not recognize any of the industries above in 5-10 years. They all will be dealing with exponential change. Whole System Transformation (WST) modality addresses such complex rapid exponential change and learning as well as any intervention out there. Most transformation efforts today are none other than linear change on the fast track. With WST, a fundamental identity-shift occurs to adjust to the new world of technology.

What role are you playing as Artificial Intelligence sweeps into our shifting world? How will you change what you do to stay relevant? Will you have a job in 5 years? I say, change now to take advantage of the shifting market dynamics!


Roland and Maja



Part 2 Peter Block: “Empowerment In Times of Disruption” — Keynote Address at the Asia OD Network Summit In Indonesia

February 12, 2018

I bet your life, if it is like mine, is more complex and pressured for time. Thus, I believe it is important to prioritize and spend quality time with our change gurus. Certainly, Peter Block is one of those sages.

I believe Peter coined the phrase empowerment.  Correct me if I am wrong.

Again, I apologize for the camera work in this viedo.  I was  volunteering and did not take the time to instruct the camera guys on what was best for you all.

Toward the end I was surprised that the camera guys filmed my passionate ( when one is passionate about a topic, excitement ensues) blurt on change today. It is what I believe. I find what I believe is not shared by the general change community. Without doubt, we are experiencing exponential change and transformative world.  So if I offend you,   have mercy on me, forgive me and forget as you move  on with your own belief system.
Hey! I am one  voice in the wilderness here in Minnesota, the land of water and fresh air.

Peter Block- Part II

Shocking insight from the best OD teacher in the world – Peter Block

February 2, 2018

We were fortunate to have Mr. Block keynote the third day at the phenomenal Asian Organization Development summit in BSD City, Indonesia.

In essence he says that the values of western OD no longer fit the world. The Western values are Me, Me, Me, or I, I, I!!!!!

We are seen as self-centered and selfish individuals just after the dollar for ourselves. I have witnessed the same values of Westerners in Africa. The African locals no longer want the western missionaries to come and transfer this self-centered biblical philosophy from the United States.

Instead, Peter says that the Western OD Craft people have a great deal to learn from the Eastern rising OD people. He says that the Buddhist philosophy and the Muslim philosophy of compassion, caring for others, and  relationships is more appropriate for the New World. Our new values should reflect unity in diversity. In my opinion, we need to establish new global standards and values for a true world order.

And he made some strong statements again commercialism. As those of you who know him, he talks about the importance of community and taking care of each other.

Peter Block, I apologize for the camera work. This was a volunteer situation. The camera people, surprised me by focusing on myself on the stage. Peter was talking and you could barely see his left or right eye on the corner of the screen. It’s a good thing that I was behaving. Usually I am not.

Part two will be coming up in a separate blog. Feel free to make some comments below. What he is saying here should upset your cart and way of being

Here’s the LINK

Peter Block: video of the greatest OD teacher ever to live!!

February 1, 2018

For those interested in the future of OD, Peter talks about the breakdown of our world economic model. He does not value the philosophy of the United States that is focused on I want to get Rich today. Instead he believes the mother of the future is in the East. The first verse says that we are important and the happiness of those people of those people around us are also our responsibility.

I truly can say that I experienced that in Asia.

Peter believes that the organization development people from the west can learn a great deal from the east. Here are some of his initial thinking.

I apologize for the Poor camera work

I had no idea that I was being videoed on stage while Peter was talking on the far little screens on the stage. It is unfortunate that the camera man  does not have a  focus on Peter’s screen.

Here is the LINK