Participation - History long
Modernism, which dates from the late 19th century, is associated with mass production, uniformity and predictability; post-modernism with flexibility, choice and personal responsibility.” Michael Prowse, “Post Modern Test for Government.” Financial Times, April 21, 1992.
The sub-title of the book, The Age of Participation, is "New Governance for the Workplace and the World."
Participation is about governance. However, what is governance?
The age of Participation and its Facilitation
Participation and its Facilitation
In today's fast-paced world of constant change and pressure for responsiveness, all organizations must dance to new rhythms.
And so the Giants are finally waking up and learning to dance.One of the most important dance steps they are learning is to
involve their people in problem-solving and planning..Rosabeth Moss Kanter (foreword to Winning Through Participation)
Managing and Facilitative Leadership
"Modernism, which dates from the late 19th century, is associated with mass production, uniformity, and predictability;
post-modernism with flexibility, choice and personal responsibility." Michael Prowse, "Post Modern Test for Government"
Financial Times, April 21, 1992.
The Facilitator's Task
The leader knows how to have a profound influence without making things happen. For example, facilitating what is happening
is more potent than pushing for what you wish were happening. Demonstrating or modeling behaviors is more potent than
imposing morality. Unbiased positions are stronger than prejudice…John Heider in The Tao of Leadership.
Part One: What is going on?
"Change management used to be taught separately from 'regular management'. Those were the days when you could look at
organisations and distinguish between periods of relative calm and shorter bursts of rapid change. This is no longer true.
It is now a cliché to say that the only constant is change itself"… Jean-François Manzoni in The Financial Times, 15 October
Part Two: Leadership in Managing Organisational Change
“The leader must put the organisation into a position where the highest level of performance is necessary in order to succeed.
There is no escape from commitment.”…Sun Tzu quoted by Peter J Reed in Extraordinary Leadership, Creating Strategies for
Part Three: The People Factor in Managing Change
Just past the middle of the 20th century my brother went to work for one of the largest American corporations. After a few
years the courts decided that it was “too large” and broke it into a number of separate corporations. My brother found himself
working for one of these new corporations. A few years later when he was in his early fifties he was fired as the corporation
under went one of its periodic restructurings.
Part Four: Beyond Change Management
The acceleration of organisational change is captured in a recent study at the University of Oxford of top 50 UK companies
from early 1991 to 2000. In the early 1990s, about 20 per cent of these companies were undergoing major reorganisations
every year, yet by the end of the period the rate of reorganisation was well over 30 per cent. The average big business
today can expect major reorganisation every three years. Microsoft has gone through the process four times in the past
Dealing with Difficult Group Situations
15 typical situations and how to deal with them in a creative and enabling manner.