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Stuck in organizational asymmetry? Find the tipping point for change

Is there little meaningful change despite serious efforts in your organization?

If the answer is yes, it could well be that you are suffering from asymmetry in the organization. That can be quite frustrating. In this blogpost we will briefly explain the principe and what you can do about it.

By asymmetry we mean that large efforts lead to small results. It almost seems as if the organization (unconsciously) manages to find a way to postpone or cancel the change every time.

The good news is that it also works the other way around. Small efforts can lead to big results. But to do so, you need to know how to recognize tipping points and how use them to your advantage.

A characteristic of a tipping point is that there is less structure in the organization at that moment. Because of this reduced structure, the organization can keep moving and can even feel chaotic. This makes it much easier to implement change.

To make use of a tipping point, you need to quickly re-stabilize after implementing the change by adding structure. Otherwise, the change will be lost in the same mobility again.

One of the most common ways to add structure is by clarifying tasks and responsibilities or by implementing processes.

Does this all sound very abstract? Then I have to agree with you. It is. But that is necessary to get an overview of the organization in order to tailor your intervention strategy to it!

Onwards to meaningful change!

Best of luck...


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