Kick-start the process?
Nor sure whether to go full steam ahead. You have never experienced an open space event, and so are a bit reluctant to commit to such a big endeavour.
Well why not try one of our one-off Hackthons? These are 1 – 2 day Open Space events centred around a particular area of transformation. You can experience the electrifying inspirational effect that a 1-3 day Open Space event has on employee motivation, engagement and self-organisation. Currently we have three:
Many organisations are aware they need to reinvent themselves, and are familiar with terms like adaptable organic organisation, ‘self-organisation’, networked systesm, teams of teams, distributed leadership, wholeness and emergence. Not having worked in an environment supporting these attributes, however, many senior managers find it hard to imagine how this might look and feel like. Open Space Technology is based on the principles of high performance in a self-organised world enabling new (disruptive?) elements to emerge. Holding such a one-off event is thus an excellent way of experiencing self-organisation in action.
In the long run leaders need to be aware that it will not be possible to introduce organic forms of organising using the old command and control approach. Open Space Technology is an excellent way of introducing these new organic pluralistic modes. Holding an initial one-off Open Space event will give everyone affected an opportunity to experience a deeper more human forum. So if you’re still unsure how to try out, you can always start by registering your interest here.
However empowering a single event like that might be, it will not achieve much by itself in the long run, hence the need for a more integrated approach like Open Smart Transformation. Nevertheless it may kick-start the process, by putting people in the right mind-set, asking the right questions and preparing to immerse in an iterative cocoon
“A leader must lower himself like water and give credit to his subordinates. If he wants to take credit, they will leave him soon. If a leader frequently interferes with subordinates, they will protest. A leader’s job is to create an atmosphere in which they want to do (work) for themselves with enthusiasm and can fulfill their potential” Lao Tzu (604-531 BC), Tao Te Ching.