Inspiration

Responsiveness to Change keeps you ahead of competitors

Three lessons we’ve learned about ‘change nimble’ and ‘change capable’ organisations “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change,” Charles Darwin famously said. Heck yeah!  The leading organisations of tomorrow will be nimble – for growth and competitive advantage. And will be able to act with urgency in response to threats.  Sadly, there will be many organisations that fall behind or fall away. These are the ones who will struggle to quickly and effectively implement even small and simple changes. History has given us this lesson already. Well-established, and seemingly untouchable, bastions of our times have crumbled before our eyes – like BlackBerry, Kodak and Blockbuster Video. They took the ‘we’re too big to fail’ attitude and didn’t innovate and adapt quickly enough to outlast the competition – Google, Apple and Netflix. They clung onto traditional operating…

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The Holy Trinity of the Digital Crusade

Are you embracing the digital crusade or just as confused as everybody else? Much like the children’s fable of the duckling and the swan, the digital crusade has spent many years as the ugly duckling, paddling about in the murky waters of obscure, somewhat awkward, business conversations. Sometimes avoided, often criticised, and generally laughed at. Suddenly, something miraculous has happened our ugly duckling has emerged from the waters as a beautiful swan, heralding the dawn of the digital crusade to win over our hands, hearts and minds in the mainstream. And we can’t help but love it in its mass appealing form and as change practitioners there is certainly so much to note, learn and apply. Some of us read this and think, “I told you so”, these are the prophets among us who have spent years speaking at conferences, trying to bridge the gap between work and play by preaching…

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Leveraging ancient wisdom for change success today

Change Intelligence includes the ability to adapt to change with curiosity and wisdom. Which begs the question: “What change wisdom can we glean from the knowledge of the past?” Lately there has been a great deal of focus placed on innovation. It’s been intense both within project delivery and transformation and more broadly across either grass root start-ups, established large and small organisations and even in the public sector.  Playing in this space has become the ‘new normal’, so much so that even Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently made innovation the central plank of his government’s 2016 re-election campaign.  Let’s see how that plays out! The term “innovation” can be defined as a “new idea, device, or method”. We believe there is no doubt that seeking new ideas, tools and methods are essential to ensuring relevance, progress and creating sustainability in the long term.  For change management this has meant adapting…

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3 creative ideas to help get cut-through for your business

Musings from Vivid Sydney 2016 Year on year I find myself excitedly caught up in the wonderful vibe and energy of Vivid Sydney. I love experiencing our gorgeous city and community through the lens of light, sound and all things creative – it really captivates me.  So naturally I was thrilled and deeply grateful to gather with other curious minds and listen to great speakers at two of Vivid Sydney’s recent Ideas events. From my musings (and scribbled notepad) I’ve summarised 3 creative ideas from these two events to help get cut-through for your business. 1. The alchemy of creativity – Have you got the right ingredients? First, the ‘Alchemy of Creative Commercialisation: Learnings from success stories‘ event featured engaging speakers Michelle Duval (developmental and transformational coach and researcher), Adam Ross from MindShare and Creel Price from Investable. The event promised to illuminate the core personal attitudes of creative individuals…

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Your ideas for a change intelligent approach?

At Blue Seed we refer to our approach as Change Intelligence, which includes the ability to adapt to change with curiosity and wisdom.  We all share the common purpose of enabling people to navigate the challenges of organisational change, so to us, it doesn’t matter what methodology you subscribe to. While what we do contributes to success, it’s who we are and how we behave that generates the most value. What are your favourite approaches for using Change Intelligence? How do you use Change Intelligence in your Change Management practice and everyday life? Here’s some great insights on the subject from Chris Savage. Comment below or on Facebook or LinkedIn and lets start a conversation   

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From zero to the 2015 BRW Fast 100 list in 5 quick years!

Our Blue Seed Directors reflect on their recipe for steering a fast growing small business to greatness. As we considered how we found ourselves standing in this unexpected moment, a small change management consulting business listed on the 2015 BRW Fast 100 list (!), we both thought about the invaluable lessons we have gleaned from our parents over the years.  We hope these, along with some notes on our philosophy and values, can inspire you: Eat your greens – get the basics rights … surround yourself with only the best talent, develop solid systems, be ‘entreperiskeal’ (we made this word up – it means being creative while taking calculated risks) … bringing the prefect blend of art and science. Do what you love – this old adage is the essence of Blue Seed. We know that leading, enabling and supporting Change (organisationally and personally) is a tough gig; so we must be…

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Emotional Intelligence

A contemporary ‘must have’ for changing times and change leaders This insight is co-authored by Certus3 and Blue Seed Consulting. In his first interview as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called out ‘emotional intelligence’ – also known as ‘Emotional Quotient’ (EQ) – as his defining characteristic.  Anyone embarking on large-scale transformation should heed his remarks. In isolation, good IQ (‘Intelligence Quotient’) and sound EQ are commonly accepted to be desirable capabilities.  But the right alchemy of both is fast becoming a requirement for contemporary change leaders. EQ is not the opposite of IQ.  We need to understand how they work together.  Deficiencies in either space can be detrimental to advancement.  That’s why Australia’s new Prime Minister has sought to supplement his high IQ credentials with EQ commitment before promoting his change agenda. Turnbull said: “The important thing is to have the emotional intelligence and the empathy and the imagination that…

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Responding to a changing landscape

Why trust, credibility and reputation matter more than ever. The world we live and work in has changed dramatically and will continue to do so at a staggering pace. We’re all seeing it. Significant technological advancements, economic needs, changing values and environmental considerations have created a breeding ground for what Rachel Botsman has termed a collaborative consumption economy[1] where traditional market behaviors such as renting, lending, swapping, sharing, bartering and gifting (enabled by technology and the internet) can now take place in ways and on scales never experienced before. The business impact of this cannot be understated. Concurrently, rapid digitisation has brought information to the finger tips and minds of business leaders everywhere – they’ve seen, read and know more than ever before. Google, LinkedIn and the internet in general are ‘their friend’. These advancements have had a profound effect on how companies approach change and what they want and…

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What is Change Intelligence?

Bold, Smart, Adaptable, Fit-for-Purpose, Strategic, Practical, Inclusive, Sustainable – What do you think of when you see these words? We think Change Intelligence. In the face of continuous discontinuous change, getting it done as a change practitioner is not the same as doing it well! If the complex and dynamic world we operate in means we’re unable to do tomorrows work with yesterdays thinking and doing the same things weve always done only gives us the same results, something has to change. The true sign of intelligence is not knowing, but imagining. Albert Einstein Facing into big challenges responsively requires bold and intelligent approaches. To us, being bold means the courage to refuse easy answers, such as one size fits all change approaches. As long as standard programs make no (or few) allowances for the strengths and limitations of business leaders or the environment and context the change is happening…

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