December 20, 2011
In this series, I’m discussing what I’ve learned about fostering synergy during major transformational initiatives.
If people have the willingness to forge their diverse perspectives into a synergistic alliance, a sequence can be used to describe how they can work together to realize change. The first phase of the sequence involves learning to interact with each other using effective communication.
December 13, 2011
Before people can create and maintain synergistic relationships, they must be willing, and they must have the ability to engage.
In this post, I will describe what “willingness” really means, and outline four skill sets (that I will describe in greater detail in subsequent posts) necessary for engagement.
December 6, 2011
A synergistic working relationship is a powerful phenomenon to witness in action. People work together to consume the fewest resources possible to get the job done, while achieving a higher quantity and quality output than if they worked independently. Many change facilitators, however, do not have an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of synergy. They hope synergy exists within their client populations, and leverage it when it does, but they are often uncertain about what specific actions can be employed to foster it.
In this series, I will describe a process for building organizational synergy that includes ways to:
Use communication and diversity to build synergy,
Merge diverse viewpoints, and
Harness the momentum of synergy to realize the goals of the change
November 29, 2011
In this series, I’ve been discussing the use of ethical ploys by practitioners to add value where it is needed, but not solicited. (An ethical ploy is a “noble ruse” that guides someone toward seeing a point of view he or she might not have otherwise been open to.)
In this post, I present two examples of ethical ploys that highlight the concept of enticing people, in an honorable way, to see more than they asked for or expected from a situation. As you will see, the results of either can have benefits far beyond the realization of the change goals.
November 22, 2011
This series addresses ethical ploys—noble ruses that help people handle issues or information they wouldn’t otherwise see, understand, or consider relevant. In this post, I name five things to remember when using an ethical ploy.
November 8, 2011
In this series, I’ve been discussing the importance of having tough conversations with clients when warranted. In this last post, I describe seven ways to stay confident and centered during a tough conversation.