Transformational change starts with space

Fig I. Reading about change. Transformational change, in fact.

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WHY DO WE INSIST on ‘making space for uncertainty?’ here at DK? Because it’s important to give room for things to emerge… things like *transformational* change.

SN, whom we met a few years ago in Phnom Penh, said this of innovation: ‘Innovation is designing solutions to the right problems, solutions that users love to use.’

Then DM, whom we’ve gotten to know remotely over the last five years ’cause of our shared interest in design for innovation, filled us in on his observations from experience that tons of people in the upper echelons of management love to *talk* about innovation but don’t actually know how to implement ways to create space that lets it happen in a _real_ way. Or see the value.

But there is value.

Of course there is.

But what? How to articulate it?

This might help illuminate the ‘why’ of making space.

Just came across a 2014 article (link below), by two folks whose titles tell us they study and think a lot about management and innovation. They say: ‘The challenge lies in shifting the role of the executive from *change agent in chief* to *change enabler in chief*.’ (emphasis mine)… Leaders need to give more attention, they say, to ‘the creation of an environment where deep, proactive change can happen anywhere—and at any time.’

What if?

Could it work?

IF PEOPLE HAD LOTS of room to simply converse, confer, and discover their way towards some kind of ‘a-ha!’ What problems might be given voice to, then given potential ideas to help alleviate, if we could just listen more to one another? Make a space. Who was it, of our old strategy mentors, who called this ‘hallway wisdom?’ Or maybe it was our own AM. Yes, probably.

The coolest things can bubble up when you’re just giving yourself time and space to reflect, to not-think, but feel-think your way towards some kind of… a-ha. In personal leadership, as well as business decision-making, too.

Let me leave you with the link to the article that I found. Helps us all see that more time and space for things to *be let to emerge* would be a good way for *transformational* change, not just ‘let’s do this and force everyone to do it’ push agenda that makes everyone roll their eyes, or throw up, or quit. Your thoughts? Curious. Listening. Meet DK on facebook, to discuss…

The link: http://www.mckinsey.com/…/build-a-change-platform-not-a-cha…