On Tuesday 12 August I had the privilege of attending the pre-Conference workshop:
P3: SPACE: Five Steps for OD Workshop integrating the best of AI, Future Search, the World Café and OST with Kazu Katori and Max Watanabe
In this rapid changing and complicated business environment, traditional leadership and management practices no longer work effectively. New approaches to create vital and agile organization are needed. The answer to this challenge is Five Steps for OD Workshop to embrace the best of people and organizations, which is founded on a group of workshop metrics called the Whole Systems Approach including Appreciative Inquiry, Future Search, The World Cafe, and Open Space Technology. The five steps are:
The workshop was informative, engaging and gave me a lot to think about how I could use this approach in my work. It was evident Katori San and Watanabe San have a deep understanding of each discipline that makes up SPACE and that this approach they have developed is grounded in their significant knowledge and experience.
My favourite quote of the day:
‘Groups and organisations are not machines, they are living creatures’.
Here are my notes:
The common approach to OD: change management, deficit-based analytical organisational development approach, deficit-based human relationships building.
Often bring consultants in who come with pre-determined solution
Often a painful process for the people – it becomes a matter of endurance. The thinking being that given enough time if people endure, change will occur. But for how long? How effectively?
OD can change whole organisations, a whole system approach works better for changing cultures
VUCA: we live in an era of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity
No single person knows the right answer. It’s important for all the members of the system to share the dream
SPACE helps people suspend ordinary thinking and shift mental models
Set the context
How would you describe your current work environment?
Prepare for shift
Timeline activity – Global, Local, Personal. What stories did we find? What implications for the current situation of our organisational/team?
Story telling: telling our story to our table group about the organisations or teams we are working with. The rest of the group were tasked as listeners and took notes on post it notes (trying to find causes of success, one word per note) to give feedback to the storyteller– changing mental model from deficits to focussing on strengths. For me this was a very humbling experience
Aspiring for change
We did a team drawing to express our ideal future together
A critical part, without it nothing will happen
Make a list of actions for what you can do to make this happen
Decide as a team three main actions you will do
Where I think SPACE really shines is that it recognises that to take a group or organisation from the issue/problem/change they want to address to being able to enact that change needs different approaches at different stages of the journey.
In creating SPACE, Katori San and Watanabe San have created a whole systems approach, a framework, that enables facilitators to knowingly use the most appropriate facilitation technique for the stage that the group is at so they can get the best results for the organisation and it’s people.