How would you catalyze an organizational paradigm shift?


We can find myriads of examples of policy resistance against innovation and other change initiatives. Same with human centered design, which finally ends in being surrogate to the business. I assume that the main driver for this value destruction is the embodiment of a fear based paradigm in organizations - amd in society as well, I might say.
How would you think of ways of nudging organizations so that it might catalyze a hope and love based paradigm?

#organizational development
#systems thinking
Fabian Szulanski
27 days ago

3 answers


I am not sure if I understand your question correctly. Nevertheless, I would suggest that to catalyze any paradigm shift, one has to show how new paradigm will be better else why to change. Yes, hope is is great thing but one has to prepared to have hope, I guess. Actions make one more hopeful than those are inactive in organizations.

Hassan Qudrat-Ullah
24 days ago

Build a core team of fellow believers and let them preach the gospel to the rest of the business.

David Cottrell
23 days ago
It's enough for the diffusion alone for leveraging the shift? - Fabian 23 days ago
The lever starts things moving. Hopefully momentum builds. - David 23 days ago
How about enacting new paradigm related behavior to leverage - Fabian 23 days ago
  1. Develop a new mission and vision [new paradigm].
  2. Show the gaps of current state to the new mission and vision.
    1. This includes people [talent and capabilities], partnerships, platforms [strategies], processes, programs [tactics] and performance [execution and expected results] - my 6Ps.
  3. Identify the steps, business processes and timeline to move the organization towards the new paradigm.
  4. Create scorecards, track performance and communicate.

This is exactly what I did four years ago to move a 110 year old privately owned, regional dairy to a national small food niche private label and contract manufacturing business.

Vic Clesceri
21 days ago
Great example. However, what were the catalytic trimtabs you used at that time? - Fabian 21 days ago
Define trimtabs. Are you referring to reasons needed for the paradigm shift? - Vic 21 days ago
Read this piece by Buckminster Fuller - Fabian 21 days ago
1. Conventional dairy declining single digits for more than seven years – pivot [trimtab] to non-dairy based products. 2. Highly capitalized asset base focusing on shrinking independent retail channel – pivot into national accounts and distributors. 3. Commodity-based categories with low margin – pivot to pioneering innovation in private label for relevancy and profit. - Vic 21 days ago
Well, trimtabs are what catalyzes, or nudge the pivots. In order to catalyze a transformation, you need to curate the conditions conducive to the pivots. Did you have thqt approach at that time? - Fabian 21 days ago
No. Financial, consumer and business analytics supported the business case and paradigm shift. Multiple year CAGR growth in volume, EBITDA and market share and the effective execution of strategy delivered the ROI. Theory and application need to be balanced.. - Vic 20 days ago

Have some input?