Your ideas for a change intelligent approach?

May 20, 2016Inspiration

Change Intelligence

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.

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6 Comments

  1. Mary on May 20, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    This is great! I love the ‘responsive and adaptive’ description of CQ in the diagram – this certainly rings true in my work and personal life in order to thrive! Thank You Blue Seed.

  2. Andrew Butow on May 23, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    In this day and age, with complex projects/programmes being delivered faster, smarter and quicker, delivering simple outcomes, I find being stringent and focussed on a specific Change Methodology does not unlock the magic of Change Intelligence. As an agnostic, I have been exposed to countless approaches that all have something fantastic to offer, but I make a conscious choice not to limit myself to them and rather see them as a toolbox of building blocks which I can chose, combine, refine or even lose. Real, sustainable outcomes for the people I work is what it is about for me, so I reject any approach that is rigid and open myself up to a world of flexible, co-creative processes where everybody on the team is encouraged to collaborate, experiment and learn as we move through the change curve.

    For me, it is about heads and hearts and striking that magical balance between the “art” and “science” of change as I once heard Chantal Patruno speak about. That is what attracted me to Blue Seed and there is something in this that is what being Change Intelligent is all about.

    This has made me explore two major trends outside of the traditional dogma of change management. One is “data visualisation” which appeals to the scientists/logics in all of us by telling a logical story through easy to digest imagery. The other is “human centred design” which is using facilitation tools traditionally used in the creative design world and applying it to business problems, opening up a world of possibility and giving the power to the collective and not the few key decision makers at the top.

    Both mean that as a professional change manager, I have to challenge myself out of my traditional comfort zone and embrace an approach that puts the change audience as part of the process, rather than the receivers of the change.

    • Chantal on May 26, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Great insights Andrew Butow, wonderfully open and collective approaches and one awesome set of tools to draw from. Change intelligence magic!

  3. Kurt on May 24, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I love change and whilst cliché, I’m not just saying it. I enjoy learning and applying ‘change management’ and love supporting those in organisations become change intelligent but oddly I have build my deepest understanding and capability through personal change. Those who know me well will attest to me having lived many different lives. The sheer joy I feel, the sense of wonder and the excitement of the challenge of changing is as fun for me today as it was in my childhood. Children relish in the art of exploration and learning. I see that joy and excitement in children when they are learning walk , to talk, to write, to read etc., all of which leads to fundamental changes that then become the everyday, the status quo. To put it simply, if we are comfortable with our ability to change, and if we are comfortable with our ability to fail along the way then we enjoy it. I guess it’s our fear of failure, our fear of disappointing others that limits us as we age. If we can address, or learn to contextualise the fears then we can overcome them. With this CQ we can all relish in the coming to know, embrace the journey to mastery and love testing our potential for making change happen and changing the status quo. In so doing, we may find ourselves yearning for more and more 😉

    • Chantal on May 26, 2016 at 9:59 am

      I love this learning perspective on change intelligence Kurt Hunziker. Peter Senge’s learning organisation philosophies are gaining traction in the fast changing business arena.
      Learning is the new value driver. And it’s adaptive, expansive and heaps of fun !

  4. Paul Vittles on May 26, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I concur with the Blue Seed Change Intelligence philosophy around “the ability to adapt to change with curiosity and wisdom”. Change requires intelligent adaptation. Most change is evolution rather than revolution, although we should never shy away from the latter when it is necessary.

    When I was appointed into my first change management role, I loved it so much that I became a bit of a change evangelist. I found myself moving in circles with other change evangelists, listening to them speak at conferences, and then becoming a motivational speaker in that same style myself. I would regularly hear leaders talking about “embracing change”, “learning to love change”, “change is the only constant” and “we live in a world of constant change”.

    I then calmed down a bit and matured enough to realise that in my practice, reality was somewhat different. Most of those I worked with did not embrace change, and many feared it. In most organisations, some things were changing but much stayed the same. When new leaders told staff “everything is going to change”, they would often be terrified and resist the change.

    I realised that declaring “everything is going to change” was a pretty dumb thing to say when, in reality, you want people to focus on a small number of specific things to change whilst other things are not changing. I learnt that it is human nature for many people to want a safe place from which they can innovate. Others will shoot out in front and live on the edge but many will want to first establish what is not going to change before they will commit to those things that are going to change.

    So, I agree with the emphasis on adaptation, curiosity and wisdom. I channel my curiosity into listening and deeply understanding the current situation, the desired state, the gap between the two and how to bridge it. I use my wisdom to gauge the pace at which to travel, who is pushing, who is pulling, which direction they are pushing and pulling in, and how to get collective commitment to the change that is needed. And I focus on how stakeholders can adapt to the change, adapting my own approach along the way.

    We have of course adapted from a world where intelligence was narrowly defined as IQ to the multiple intelligences we acknowledge today. Change Intelligence is a valuable addition to our understanding of the world, and our wisdom around the why, what, who, when and how of appropriate and effective adaptation.

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