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Is it a butterfly you’re looking for, or a caterpillar with an extra leg or two?

Published: 28 February 2021

The last two years have been a traumatic time for organisations and individuals. The aftermath of this period has left a landslide of questions at every level – as an organisation: are our current offerings relevant? Do we need to improve on our offering? Perhaps our business needs a complete overhaul? Perhaps we must transform the entire business or perhaps the changes we have made is all that was needed?

Written by Linda Hamman

Blog Post Banner Change or Transformation

Inform | Change | Transform – All three?

Perhaps it’s a hybrid - improve certain areas, transform others, keep what we’ve changed and just continue to operate and keep people informed of the changes?

As an Individual: what is my role and purpose life, is what I do for a living fulfilling? Should I being more to help my community What can I do differently? Should I study further? change direction and remake myself and rebuild my identity capital? This all goes on while we’re managing our mask of serenity and control and dealing with the highest levels of uncertainty in a century as well as layer upon layer of complexity, at a personal and organisational level. It truly is unprecedented times and there is truly a lack of know-how and skills at our disposal to deal with the situation and each other.

The number one thing to do is understand the difference between Improvement (Change) and Transformation (I think we’ve all got Inform?).

Then apply this thinking to our situation.

change transformation

This then informs what type of conversation we’re going to have because Change fixes the past. Transformation creates the future. Often transformational conversations are about opportunity and potential. Conversations about Change is usually about risk and failure non achievement is not an option.

There are two levels of competency available to everyone - these are inherently in our DNA and accessible to everyone. These are our ability to comprehend a situation and our emotions. (I’m assuming everyone consciously gives emotions headspace to activate action?)

Situational comprehension

Communication is the key. Our ability to research, comprehend our situation and share it with others using conversational practices such as storytelling, paraphrasing and appreciative enquiry determines the emotional discourse taking place in everyone’s mind, will help us reach conclusions.

Emotional Headspace

Emotions result in the action and the way in which we undertake these actions. Trying to ignore our emotions or those of others will without a doubt result in paralysis and entropy, neither of which is good for organisations, individuals nor the innovation and creative thinking we need to re-imagine our post COVID world.

If you’re uncertain as to whether you require a butterfly or just a caterpillar with an extra leg or two download our document on the difference between Change vs Transformation.

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