I tend to think that organizations won't change unless forced, but 'org designer' Kathryn Maloney reminds us that's actually not true. Managing and leading are more about steering change that instigating it.
Another striking thought below: living systems (including organizations) naturally differentiate themselves. What if that need to differentiate drives a lot of change that seems useless?
The Ready: Change as a Force of Nature, 2017-Feb-27 by Kathryn Maloney
Where change management may apply change to or attempt to manage change within a system, org designers are focused on unlocking capacity and potential within a system. We aim to leverage change as a natural, expected, and needed force. We believe in flow and emergence. We don’t actually believe in control and management....
According to modern science (biology, chemistry, evolutionary cosmology, quantum physics, etc.), living systems operate according to three basic principles:
- All living systems are interrelated and interdependent,
- All living systems have the capacity to self-organize, and without constraints, have the capacity to develop and evolve, and
- All living systems operate according to the principle of differentiation, in that to exist is to be different.