Transformational Change: An Ecosystem Approach - Lessons from Nature for Those Leading Change in Organizations
February 12, 2015 | David L. Dinwoodie, Corey Criswell, Rich Tallman, Phil Wilburn, Nick Petrie, Laura Quinn, John McGuire, Michael Campbell, and Larry McEvoy | Center for Creative Leadership
What if our organizational change agents interacted like the players in natural ecosystems so that transformational change was truly widespread, dominant, and self-sustaining?
Change in the natural world occurs similarly to the way change occurs within our organizations. The problem is we don’t always recognize the similarities.
In the natural world, change is a constant process of evolutionary and revolutionary shifts resulting from the interaction of ecosystem players, change agents, as they deal with disturbances across the system. Disturbances to the ecosystem are myriad and spark changes that take root, overcome barriers, and prosper, or shrivel and die depending on the adaptive ability of the change agents.
February 12, 2015 | David Dinwoodie, William Pasmore, Laura Quinn, and Ron Rabin | Center for Creative Leadership
The effects of change are felt up, down, and around our organizations. Change can be seen as positive or negative, exciting or demoralizing, vital or unnecessary, easy or difficult—often all of the above.