Silos and Octopus Traps

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In the wheat growing areas of the world, grain is stored in large towers known as silos. Multiple silos are usually required. Each silo rises high into the sky, independent of the other silos. However, this colorful metaphor that has become commonplace to describe separation and lack of coordination in organizations and in society is not necessarily understood across the entire world. Silos are not to be found in rice based economies.

Making the Whole Elephant Visible

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elephant. Strategy Mapping.

An “inside-out” approach is characterized by acknowledging that the experiences and input of individual stakeholders (ie. employee, customer, supplier, shareholder, etc.) offer an essential part of the solution. From their position within the system, these stakeholders know better than anyone else what is working and not working for them (and the company). Key components to be changed and/or improved can be determined if this information can be made visible. The process of making this kind of information visible is what Ensemble Enabler describe as “strategy mapping”.

Let’s look at a concrete example of this approach.

Organizational Culture and Networks

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In today’s digitalized world, it is difficult to conceive of work getting done without harnessing the power of networks.  There are virtual groups and teams, communities of practice, webinar meetings, etc.

Keystone Habits

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Beaver. Keystone Habits.

I recently read a story which merits retelling. It is a powerful story about how an unwavering focus on a specific value can help to turn a company around.

Global Ignorance

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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 29th of March in the Handelsblatt.