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Overcoming the Tyranny of the Tangible by Activating People-Centered Transformation in your Organization

What would happen to your organization if all of your people suddenly vanished?

All that would remain is an agglomeration of impotent assets that sit idly by, awaiting an infusion of human agency. How ironic it is that our current accounting practices call things such as property and equipment “Assets” and people “Liabilities.” People are not liabilities. People are the life-force of every organization.

Want proof? Just ask any CEO how their organization is being impacted by the “Great Resignation.”

It is through the ingenuity and energy of people that organizations see and seize new opportunities for growth. It is also through the intractability and apathy of people that organizations develop toxic work environments and crippling orthodoxies that can grind the organization to a screeching halt. In short, it is people that ultimately determine the fate of any organization because only they can make it stop or go.

Changing organizations is hard. Research shows that organization transformation efforts fail more than 70% of the time. That is a lot of wasted time and effort that ultimately yields very little value for the organization and a huge amount of frustration for its people.

Organizations cannot change unless their people change. Research shows that people do not resist change, they resist being changed. Most transformation efforts fail because leadership over-emphasizes the tangible side of change and under-emphasizes the emotional one. Successful organization transformation requires an empathic, people centered approach to change that nurtures a culture of aspiration, alignment, autonomy and accountability.

>> Learn more at the webinar: People-Centered Transformation: Overcoming the Tyranny of the Tangible to Create Lasting Organization Change

During this webinar, we will explore the ten key elements of People-Centered Transformation (PCT) and identify the three key leadership shifts required to activate each element. The ten PCT elements requiring activation in every organization seeking to navigate the permanent whitewater of change today are:

  • Create a Compelling Change Narrative
  • Act to Think Differently
  • Embrace Situational Humility
  • Focus Attention on What Matters
  • Motivate Discretionary Effort
  • Give Others Agency
  • Decentralize Decision Making
  • Catalyze the Network
  • Lead the System
  • Nudge the Culture


Leave this session with a clear understanding of the priority PCT element requiring activation within your own organization and a focused plan to make the three specific leadership shifts required to activate it. Register here.

Written by Dr. Tony O’Driscoll

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