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Questions to ask yourself


Tese ten tips, posed as questions, are taken from years of experience as an Organisation Development (OD ) con- sultant, and feature snippets of wisdom from talented colleagues and clients. Too often, senior leaders fail to look


externally and leave transformation initiatives until it’s almost too late. Ten they want to rush forward and don’t give sufficient time to identify the real issue and to have clear scope-setting conver- sations; they ignore the human dynam- ics of participation and engagement and their visible endorsement often disappears once things have started.


Have you dug deep enough to get to the real root cause?


Many change initiatives fail because not enough time and attention is given to identifying the real issue.


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Transformation – a radical departure from the current ways of doing things, and creating something new


Often the root cause of issues is systemic, so it can be valuable to spend time seeing the interconnectivity within the organisation and testing internally held assumptions about the external market, your strategy, culture and the quality of leadership. Getting clear about the real issue facing the business can prevent you from solving the wrong problem. A working session attended by more than the ‘usual suspects’


facilitated by an external consultant will stimulate thinking. Invest in someone who can provoke and amplify difference, disrupt normal patterns of thinking, bring the reality of the out- side world into the organisation, and assist you with collective sense-making, insight and clarity about framing the issue you are trying to solve. Tis may end up being framed as a series of questions you want answered.


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