Thursday, April 16, 2009

Change Facilitators Need to Change

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IBM has just published a very interesting study about the enterprise of the future, based on interviews with 1000+ CEOs from around the world. It is only 6 pages of text and it has the potential of shaking our foundations.

Summary - the enterprise of the future is:
  • hungry for change
  • innovative beyond customer imagination
  • globally integrated
  • disruptive by nature
  • genuine, not just generous

I would like to open a discussion on what that means for us as Change Facilitators. Are we ready to guide our clients into that future? Do we have the skills, attitudes, knowledge, tools?

Do our consulting organizations work along these principles? Or are we repeating old patterns? Are we ready?

Join the discussion and let us shape the future, together. I have opened a discussion forum about that topic at

I believe we need to change. Do we want to? Or do hope that after the current economic crisis everything will go back to normal?
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  1. There are some other ways in which the world of tomorrow will (probably? possibly?) be different, and sometimes my clients and collaborators are brought in especially to help people remember this in their change conversations:
    * low-carbon economy
    * disrupted climate
    * no more cheap fossil fuels

    The enterprise of the future is:
    * existing in this context

    Are we colluding with our clients when they do not appear to be taking account of this future, and we do not challenge them to do so?


  2. In addition, the enterprise of the future is:
    * living / acting in a low-carbon economy
    * living / acting in an age after cheap fossil fuels
    * living / acting in a world of 9.5 billion people

    And a few other global megatrends...!

    What is our role as change facilitators, in ensuring our clients are aware of this emerging future, and taking account of it?

    What is our role in ensuring that our clients consider their role in co-creating a desirable future, rather than a worst-case-scenario one?

    Warm regards