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


The 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


mediumHow 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


Springboard: The One Thing

The latest in our series that uses the ‘book review’ format as a springboard into a wider conversation about the world of work—and how to do it better. The ONE Thing, Gary Keller with Jay Papasan ____________________________ In my last article, I quoted from the movie City Slickers in reference to how leaders should focus


Change up to a Critical Chain Operating System?

In the movie City Slickers, cowboy Jack Palance is riding with Billy Crystal who’s slowly shrugging off a midlife crisis. He asks if Crystal knows what the secret of life is. ‘No, what?’ The old-timer raises his index finger and, pausing for dramatic effect, says, ‘One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and


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