The U Journey: Retreat and Reflect

It is paradoxical, but true, that even the most deeply systemic changes start because an individual wills such a change into being. This is not to say that the individual alone can make the change happen. Nor is it only the individual leader who has to go through a personal transformation. Everyone on the team


The U Journey: Wisdom from outside your domain

My previous article, The U Journey: Stepping into Design, introduced a key part of the Design phase—the Learning Journey. This includes developing and testing hypotheses, soliciting innovative ideas from wherever they might arise, exploring the psychological and cultural frontiers of your people and organisation, and trying on new ways of working. The principle purpose of


The U Journey: Stepping into Design

The ‘Explore’ phase of the U Journey ends when you know where your vision is pointing and you start to consider what means will help you get there. A crucial first step of ‘Design’, the next phase, is the Learning Journey. You’ve finished the Foundation Workshop and there’s a real sense of accomplishment. Order has


mediumThe U Journey: Running the Foundation Workshop

This is Part Three of our series on the ‘Explore’ phase of The U Journey to guide an organisation through a transformation. This is Part 3 of our series on The U Journey: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part


The U Journey: Preparing for the Foundation Workshop

How do you mobilise a leadership team around a new way of thinking that will take the organisation to its goal? The process is the U Journey and the springboard is the Foundation Workshop. This article within a series on Theory U looks in more detail at what’s involved in the Explore phase. It all


How to change: Introducing Theory U

Bringing about deep change in an organisation is hard. Legendary management consultant W Edwards Deming claimed that transformation was simply not possible without profound knowledge: appreciation for a system, knowledge of variation, theory of knowledge and the psychology of people society and change. With my engineering background, I appreciate the systems view, understand variation, and


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