What does the word ‘transformation’ bring to mind for you?
We were sharing a cup of tea with Matthew Taylor, CEO of the RSA, discussing this. Is transformation simply a hyped up word for any sort of change? Or is something significant happening? Are there any discernable trends about the way we are reshaping organisations, and what they will look like and behave like in the future? What’s really going on?
We cooked up a plan… and on October 2nd 2013 twenty five highly experienced and senior leaders got together at the RSA to explore, hear and share. Matthew kindly did an intro then it was ‘get everyone on the pitch’. Doing our bit, people quickly connected to their experiences and to each other; candid, informed and lively conversations began to flow.
And what a flow there was; “Authentic” “Inspiring” “Reaffirming” “Structured” “Tantalising” “Playful” “Dynamic” “Goosebumps” “Enlightening” “Enriching””Energizing” “Buzzing” “Thought provoking” were some of the words people used to describe the evening.
We are now sifting through the huge amount of wise and experienced comments and thoughts generated from the event, and look to produce a thought-piece shortly. Here are some of the comments as a sneek-peek…
“We need awareness, collaboration and the need to do the right thing by the customer, this is required in the new global marketplace and to instill the desire to change within the organization” described Andy Jones of Fidelity Worldwide Investments.
“We have a real opportunity to re-connect and make a difference to ourselves, to our workplaces and to the planet” said David Kelly of Leadership Innovation.
“It’s about finding our true selves as leaders in whatever context you’re in” said Richard Tyrie of Good People.
“Transformational change for me is about leaders actually asking the people that are impacted by their organisation what it is they want that organisation to be transformed into” shared Karly Olsen-Haveland of Google.
The final words must go to Giles Hutchins, author, co-founder or BCI: Biomimicry for Creative Innovations and former Head of Sustainability Solitions for a major consultancy – “This meeting – lovely jubbly!”
Hope you like the thought-piece when we get it out and make it available to you on this site.