A More Holistic View of Organizational Change
- It causes a temporary loss of identity;
- It changes our social status within our peer group; and
- It creates a shift in power relationships.
We believe one of the major reasons that orchestrating successful organizational change is so difficult is that most practitioners approach the problem from a perspective of psychological acceptance, or, worst yet, rational economic behavior. What's missing is attention to the spiritual dimension of our lives.He addresses some key topics, starting with identity - for those whose identity is rooted in their work, organizational change can strike deeper than may be commonly acknowledged. He also looks at status in relation to self-worth, and power, which is interesting as this is definitely inherent in the Agile paradigm shift.
What can be done to interject a spiritual dimension, say even a practice, into organizational change activities? Grantham suggests several books and websites to help facilitators think about this.
Maintaining that all organizational change is really about personal change and growth, Grantham encourages organizations to recognise that change provokes fear, uncertainty, and doubt, and to confront it explicitly, not ignore it or dismiss its importance to people. Rather than provide a one-size-fits-all solutions, the author suggests areas where support may be sought, to help facilitators help others find balance in times of change.
Ben Linders May 28, 2015