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Value through Alignment

Value through Alignment

The influence of over 300 years of traditional thinking patterns is being swept out faster than we think. It’s happening right now, step-by-step…Our blog The Ensemble Enabler aspires to explore this shift in thinking and what its means for all of us – both in the world of business and our daily lives. Each blog post of the The Ensemble Enabler will explore the “shifting sands” of our challenging and complex world by sharing stories and insights about systemic alignment, how it can be achieved and how it creates value. Our aim is to have each of our blog posts [...]

Companies are utilizing novel approaches to deal with complex issues:  such as an energy company aspiring to improve internal communications, an organization dealing with an aging workforce or a pharmaceutical company targeting to create a learning environment within its marketing department. All of the above mentioned issues are multifacetted. Communication within a company includes top-down and cross-functional communication, bottom-up and inter-departmental communication, performance reviews and feedback, etc. – not to mention the myriad of instruments available to support this communication. Most attempts to deal with such issues revolve around tried and true methods of analysis. A team is given the [...]

Push vs. Pull: the key characteristic of digital maturity It is becoming increasingly clear that mastering digital disruption is primarily an organizational culture issue not a technology issue.  The results of a 4 year study by the Massachussetts Institute of Technology and Deloitte clearly spells this out. Digital maturity is the new paradigm which will increasingly be the focus of organizations' efforts to master digital disruption.  Digital maturity is defined as "an organization's ability to compete effectively by taking advantage of opportunities enabled by technological infrastructure, both inside and outside the organization." Digital maturity is all about organizational culture.  One [...]

A unique process to foster individual, team and organizational learning Coaching Ourselves is a peer-to-peer learning process which enables employees to learn from and with each other. It provides a framework through which employees are able increase both their knowledge and skills in specific business areas on-site at their business location. By expanding their skill-set and know-how, employees are empowered to personally contribute to creating a more agile organization. (Take a look at the following introduction for a detailed overview to Enable Enabler's approach to peer-to-peer learning: The Value of Peer-to-Peer Learning for your Organization Recognizing the power of providing [...]

Peer-2-Peer Learning is a novel approach to employee development The use of Peer-2-Peer Learning (P2P) can enhance a company’s development programs in a myriad of ways. At the same time it serves to improves an organizational effectiveness. Any business or organization can achieve the following goals through the use of Peer-to-Peer Learning:  1. Providing development opportunities where none (or few) existed before, 2. Enhancing existing development programs, 3. Supporting the effectiveness of existing competency models, 4. Promoting inter-organizational networking, 5. Bolstering change initiatives and 6. Turbo-charging internal communications Peer-to-Peer Learning is not only a way to develop people, but it [...]

The essence of our collaboration with a family-owned business over the past four years has been to develop unique ways to maximize the innovative potential of their meetings. The resulting new meeting strategy captures the knowledge and experience of clients and employees as a means to further develop their business. The following case study illustrates how the power of adopting a 21st century approach for the design of participatory meetings provides concrete and usable results for businesses.  The meeting in question took place over the course of a full day.  In this instance, 60 participants representing key stakeholders in the [...]

Lifelong learning Knowledge is accumulating at an ever increasing pace in today's world. As a result, fostering lifelong learning is regarded as essential for a company's on-going success. Individuals continue to learn throughout the course of their working lives. Companies support their employees' learning journey by offering a broad spectrum of courses and trainings as part of their management development programs. Normally such formal courses and trainings are based on an established template and carried out again and again. Often external experts with specific know-how present this knowledge to the participants. This may provide the most effective way to promote learning centered [...]

In today’s world, just about everyone has a smart phone and therefore the possibility of connecting with others in a myriad of creative ways. Tech companies offer all kinds of collaborative software including real time messaging, file sharing, video meetings, etc. Without a doubt, all of these features have an impact on the culture of an organization. However, most of these software offerings are targeted for individual or team use. What is needed to support an organization’s culture is a digital offering which inhabits the same dimension where culture lives, one which is a systemic digital offering. This was the [...]

Global Ignorance

Global Ignorance

Last week I had the privilege to facilitate a portion of the DGUV International Strategy Conference on Safety and Health at Work held in Dresden . I would like to comment on some of the food for thought I got from that conference and compare that to a survey that came out today, the 29 th of March in the Handelsblatt. It appears to me that we are living in a world of a surprising and very disturbing paradox. From a global perspective, the state of human well-being has never been so good as it is now AND not since [...]

We have encountered the enemy and the enemy is us A four year research project conducted by the MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte has just come to an end.  For a period of over four years, more than 16.000 people were surveyed about their experience with digital disruption and the adequacy of their organization's response. The results are in. The true challenge of mastering digital disruption (and a major part of the solution) is enabling people.   Companies can effectively navigate the challenges of digital disruption by undertaking initiatives which are far more organizational and managerial than technical. Source: [...]

Getting started with Peer-to-Peer Learning

Getting started with Peer-to-Peer Learning

The peer-to-peer learning process combines state of the art management content with the benefits of social learning. This approach provides a cost effective way to develop people and is easy to implement.  Your business can take the following three steps to introduce this process into your organization: 1. Test it with a team   If you are intrigued by the concept of the Coaching Ourselves approach by Henry Mintzberg - try it out.  Select a team for a 90 minute practice session.  The team consists of four people  (which is an optimal group size for a learning experience) who are accompanied by one of our experienced Ensemble [...]

In today’s digital world there is an increasing spectrum of ways to connect with each other digitally: virtual groups and teams, communities of practice, webinar meetings to name just a few. As a result, it is difficult to imagine work getting done without harnessing the power of networks in our organizations. However, when it comes to organizational culture, companies have a tendency to under utilize the power of their networks. The abstract nature of culture may be one reason why this dynamic component of culture is underestimated. Renewing a culture is a difficult enough challenge for CEOs and leaders in [...]

Understanding Emotions

Understanding Emotions

Emotions and Leadership As we prepare tomorrow's business leaders, not enough is being invested in teaching them the basics of what it means to be human.  Their preparation typically consists of an on-going accumulation of factual knowledge combined with the acquisition of a spectrum of business skills.  It is apparent when looking at this kind of work preparation, that the focus is on the content and the process of the work to be done. Much less is invested in the ability to relate to whom they are actually leading: human beings.  Learning to work with and lead people is for the most part often left to be learned on the [...]

What can business learn about silos from octopus traps?

What can business learn about silos from octopus traps?

In the wheat growing areas of the world, grain is stored in large towers known as silos. Each silo rises high into the sky, independent of the other silos. Multiple silos are usually required. This colorful metaphor that has become commonplace to describe separation and lack of coordination in organizations and in society which is not necessarily understood across the entire world. Silos are not to be found in rice based economies. When in 2005 the newly appointed CEO to Sony – Howard Stringer (an Englishman who had led Sony’s North American operations) – made his first strategy speech in [...]

Circa 100 different topics offered through the CoachingOurselves module library Ensemble Enabler is proud to be a certified provider for CoachingOurselves© – the company which was inspired by Professor Henry Mintzberg of McGill University in Montreal. This Peer2Peer Learning concept was launched in 2007. Over the years, CoachingOurselves© has developed an extensive library of content for use in Peer2Peer Learning sessions in conjunction with world renowned experts and business leaders in their fields. For instance, Professor Philip Kotler – a distinguished Professor of Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago – has written modules on [...]