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I’m not the first (and won’t be the last) person to point out that we’ve just been through a dramatic if not seismic period of disruption across pretty much every sector of society and the economy.

 

We are undergoing regular and repeated ‘shocks’ caused by global pandemic, climate emergency, extreme weather events, protest and political fracture. This has been particularly acute over the last 12 months and it seems any notion of ‘normal’ will be a pipe dream for some time to come.

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If the transition to a more remote way of working feels like a seismic shift, you are not alone. Before the pandemic, only around 50% of companies allowed employees to work from home – now it is more than 99%, according to a Josh Bersin Academy report.

 

In conversations with our client network, we heard about both success stories and hardship. However, the common challenge is the complexity of navigating a situation that never happened before.

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Every merger starts with strategic intent.

 

If you are involved in supporting a merger or acquisition, how well do you understand the strategic intent of the transaction? Any well-planned press release will mention the strategic benefits of the merger.

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Finding a qualified consultant can be challenging. When you need professional consulting support for an important project, are you scrambling to find the right fit?

 

Maybe you trust your gut feeling, rely on word of mouth recommendations, review their website, or invite them to pitch in a “beauty contest”.

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Recently at the Mannheim Drucker Forum I listened to a talk from Jos de Blok, Founder of neighbourhood nursing group Buurtzorg. Maybe you’ve heard of Buurtzorg, a Dutch company that is leading the way in transforming healthcare with an organization model based on purpose and self-management principles?

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I’m always on the lookout for ways to embed changes into organization processes so that behaviour changes by design, rather than trying to influence individuals to change.

 

Here are some valuable resources for you about creating diverse organizations with practical tips and solutions that you can really implement.

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I’ve just been to the Atlassian Open in Vienna. Atlassian is a company that provides software tools to help teams “unleash their full potential”. To me, they are a fascinating company because they have developed and openly share people practices that enable great teamwork and drive their values.

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My work focuses on building trust into the system to create a trust-based way of working. I will help you to apply design criteria to elements of the organization such as structure, processes and policies. If the criteria include trust, for example, then a trust-based culture is likely to be one outcome of the organization design process.

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If you want to redesign how you work in your team, I will introduce you to a variety of techniques that make teamwork surprisingly more effective. I can share many examples of how other companies changed the way they organize and work. You will try different approaches and then decide what and how to integrate into your daily work by creating your own prototypes.

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Surprising news! The 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer found that people trust their own employers more than any other institution, 75% of respondents said they trust "my employer", that's more than those who expressed trust in government, business in general, NGOs or the media.