In a recent video interview, Philippa Hale of AWA delves into the challenges faced by organizations when introducing new ways of working. While there’s often a focus on presenting grand visions and strategies, Hale emphasizes the critical role of effective communication and learning in making these changes palpable for individuals, especially at the managerial level.
The disconnect arises when lofty plans and proposed futures are communicated to managers and their teams in a way that feels distant and abstract. It’s not about the words on paper or official announcements; it’s about the tangible impact on individuals’ daily lives. Managers and team members want to know how these changes will affect them physically and practically—what they’ll have to do differently, or perhaps, what they’ll need to stop doing.
Philippa’s role in these projects revolves around communication and learning, steering away from the traditional approach of simply telling people what to do. Instead, she advocates for inviting individuals to be active participants in the conversation. This involves organizing focus groups throughout the transformation process, from gathering information about current space utilization to envisioning the future.
The key to success lies in creating an inclusive environment where team members feel heard and valued. Philippa’s approach involves asking the right questions that encourage individuals to share their concerns and aspirations. Through these conversations, team members not only express their thoughts but also gain insights from their colleagues’ perspectives.
A conversation-centric methodology is what Philippa relies on. The focus is not just on relaying information but on fostering a sense of trust and inclusivity. It’s a departure from the traditional top-down approach of instructing teams to follow organizational changes. Instead, it acknowledges that each voice matters and contributes to the collective evolution of the organization.
This approach to organizational change is more than just a shift in rhetoric; it’s a fundamental change in mindset. It recognizes that people are at the heart of any transformation and that their engagement is crucial for success. By actively involving individuals in the process, organizations can navigate change more smoothly, ensuring that the proposed future isn’t just words on paper but a lived reality for everyone involved.
Work Made Easy
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