The angst of change is all around us. Today’s workplace requires that we do more with less and we must quickly adapt or risk becoming obsolete. When considering a change initiative, what do you, or your organization, focus your time and energy on?
Jim Pulliam, a retired college president, said it best. Reflecting upon his leadership role, he told me that so often conversations are centered around “things, buildings, materials, and resources. But, not much was said about what was most important – the collective WE.” That is what he identified as the importance of an Inquiry (or any intervention) – it is not necessarily about the outcomes, but about providing “VOICE” to all — collectively, what do WE want more of? Together how can WE make this happen? It is about us, all of us.
“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.” ~ Niccolo Machiavelli