“Leadership Consciousness and Organisational Transformation” Whiria te Taura Tangata #16

Kia ora koutou!  Our first Blue CLUES for 2019 was held on 4 April, with around 100 people attended.

It was centered around Leadership Consciousness and Organisational Transformation.

Shaun McCarthy (Chairman, Human Synergistics New Zealand & Australia and Director Human Synergistics International) presented research undertaken by Human Synergistics in collaboration with Professor Dexter Dunphy (Professor Emeritus UTS and co-author of several textbooks and articles about organisational culture) which examined various stages of organisational transformation and levels of consciousness among leaders within these organisations.

They developed a hypothetical model to help illustrate these stages and levels and the impact of leaders own thinking on how organisations approach culture change.

The organisational transformation model has 6 stages:

  1. Denial;
  2. Non responsive;
  3. Compliance;
  4. Efficiency;
  5. Strategic proactivity; and
  6. Sustaining.

The stages of Leadership Consciousness also has 6 levels:

  1. Myopic Visioning;
  2. Blinkered Visioning;
  3. Conventional Visioning;
  4. Strategic Visioning;
  5. Proactive Visioning; and
  6. Total Visioning.

Change is often viewed as a threat. But what happens to the organisational culture outcomes (as shown in the Human Synergistics “How Culture Works Model“) if we do change?

The organisations operating above the line experience an increase in Individual, Group and Organisational outcomes, e.g. higher job satisfaction, role clarity, greater adaptability along with higher quality and service as opposed those organisations who are below the line. These organisations report outcomes with higher stress and job insecurity, and low intention to stay.

Shaun talked about moving through the stages and about transformational change in a short space of time being unlikely (not impossible) particularly for a large organisation. Typically for large organisations movement through each stage would take deliberate and supported effort over 18 months to 2 years.

View the video You can view the video of Shaun’s session and see the slides on the Organisational Development Blue CLUES website.

Admin Plus Professional Development Day
Karen Mather had the privilege of talking about culture with a group of about 45 attendees at the recent Admin Plus day on campus. It was an excellent conference-style day. HR is a proud sponsor of Admin Plus, which is a very active professional learning community.

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Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes),

Karen Mather and Rachel Dillon
Organisational Development