PositiveInquiry.com

Building the organization of your dreams

No business plan, strategy, vision, or team formation can stand the test of time. Conditions change constantly, forcing organizations to adapt.

In organisms, cells proliferate, by passing on DNA to a next generation of cells with random variations, some of which will dramatically increase the chances of survival of the whole organism.

In a similar way, organizations need to regenerate to remain fit. Some change will be beneficial, others will have little effect. To know what to change and what to leave unchanged (the assets and strengths that give life to the organization) is key to its adaptive capacity.

To transition from one seemingly stable state to the next requires organizational change. Not just of human behavior (habits) but also of the organizational aspects of the system, such as processes, systems, structures, and procedures. 

While conventional change methods focus on overcoming deficiencies, our focus is on exploring, aligning, and leveraging core strengths. 

By inquiring into the root causes of success ─high moments when the organization is/was most alive and active─ we build a positive core, providing a strong and exciting foundation for people to imagine what could (strength-driven) and should (value-driven) happen.

Forbes: “No number of management coaches and consultants can help achieve positive results if we lack awareness of the questions that premise our behavior. The implications are clear: The questions we ask become our tasks. Our directions are shaped by our inquiries.”

"The task of leadership is to create an alignment of strengths in ways that make a system's weaknesses irrelevant."

Peter Drucker, Best-selling Author on Organization Development & Change

Whole System Model of Business + Change

Whole System Model of Business™

The late Russell Ackoff argued: It makes no sense doing the wrong thing better. Yet, this may be what happens when we apply conventional change methodologies without considering the purpose of the whole system.

To consider the whole system, we need a wider perspective. We can resort to what Peter Senge called the ‘fifth discipline’, Systems Thinking, or simply deploy ROUNDMAP™.

ROUNDMAP is a proprietary whole system model of business, created from the ground up; connecting the frontline activities to the cornerstones of the organization (vision, strategy, purpose, and mission). 

Among others, we use ROUNDMAP to make a snapshot of the current situation, acting as a point of reference to make the change to the desired state.

Whole System Model of Change™

Our approach to organizational change is based on a scientifically proven method that we refer to as Positive Inquiry. Instead of analyzing (diagnose) what is wrong, we use dialogue (inquiry) to explore what is right.

Our whole system approach engages everyone in the organization in a joined exploration what gives life to the organization when at its best.

This process of exploration helps to identify the core strengths of the organization, creating a positive core, that inspires, excited, and encourages people to dream bigger, leading to new possibilities and opportunities for individual and organizational growth.

Through a process of co-design and co-creation, these new opportunities for growth are then turned into positive action, leading to a positive culture.

ROUNDMAP™ Whole System Model Topview