Agile Transformation from within

  • Do you have to shift your company`s culture towards agile mindsets and behaviours?
  • Do you want your Top 100 act as role-models for a mindset of innovation and adaptability?
  • How to infect your organization with bottom-up explorative change?

More than every before adaptability and change are the preconditions for lasting success. But 70% of change initiatives fail. The classical transformation approach based on cascading change top-down is ineffective in a VUCA environment: deficit-focused on burning platform, hierarchy driven and linear, it is sluggish and activates resistance – open or tacit Below-the-Waterline. Why so? Mainly because successful culture change needs to build on fundamental aspects of human mindset and behaviour.

Culture change towards agile mindset and behaviour is only successful if it is itself based on agile principles: Growth Focus, People First, Exploration + Adaptation, Empowerment, Self-organisation. These are the key drivers of our effective culture change approach: Agile Transformation from within by Grassroots.

Grassroot Initiatives focus on small scale behaviour change (HOW) with immediate impact on the daily business (WHAT) – there is no trade-off between “Perform” and “Transform”. Thus, they are meaningful experiments self-defined by the people that address critical mindset and behaviour challenges – e.g. in leadership, decision-making, x-functional/ x-national collaboration, end-to-end ownership.

In these typical situations you ask us for support…

  • energize your executive team and Top 100 for agile transformation
  • anchor new behaviours in daily business practices
  • speed up agile transformation throughout your company.

Top-down culture change is ineffective in disruptive times.

In our culture change work, we address the mindset and behaviour challenge effectively by building on 5 agile principles:

Growth Focus. Bold ambition with clear direction and timing to create real momentum – instead of burning platform.

People First. Change by infection, driven by the people for the people – instead of massive cascading top-down.

Exploration + Adaptation. Highest freedom for meaningful experiments with zero tolerance for not experimenting – instead of implementing pre-defined actions.

Empowerment. Decentral multiple behaviour innovation cells – instead of one single huge change project with central steering.

Self-organisation. In the business, by the business, for the business – instead of stand-alone culture programme driven by designated “change agents”.

We support executive teams to initiate Agile Transformation.

In our change work, we focus on transformation by infection. We call it Grassroots. Culture change by Grassroots requires a clear purpose and direction, structured process design, strong master-minding and coaching as well as an effective communication support.

In our Grassroot approach to culture change, we support our clients to define a clear ambition in the HOW: which dysfunctional behaviour patterns do they have to get rid of (e.g. lack of customer centricity, siloism, risk aversion, avoidance of accountability, excessive meeting culture, process fundamentalism).

Based on the ambition, we help to design a thorough process while giving a high degree of freedom to the Grassroots. The 3-phase process is defined by:

  • an inspiring Ideation Event
  • effective coaching in the Experimentation Phase
  • an energizing Infection Event.

From the start, we ensure commitment of the senior team to take responsibility, support experimentation and act as mentors to the Grassroot teams.

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