How to change organizational and team paradigms
Paradigms are the assumptions, models or beliefs we hold, that affect how we understand ourselves and what is happening in the world around us.
Often we need to change the way we think to open our minds to new possibilities, opportunities or solutions.
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then you will have experienced the power of paradigms.
Change paradigms to get people to see the obvious.
I first came across the idea of paradigms over 30 years ago, when I watched a video by Joel Barker called “The Business of Paradigms.” He made a few points that have been with me all my working life:
We see the world through the framework of our paradigms.
The secret to all innovation, improvement or change, is the ability to see things in a new way.
As a leadership consultant practicing in many different cultures and industries, I found that whenever I needed to help a team or a company to develop, improve, innovate or change, I was more often than not, blocked by outdated paradigms.
But, whenever I began a session with an intervention around paradigms, the group would became more creative and more open to change.
I now use a paradigm intervention whenever I need to help a group to:
This means I use a paradigm intervention as part of any workshop on:
The types of interventions I use the most to change paradigms are those that help a team to:
When you help your team to experience the true power of changing paradigms, they become more open to change. More creative and motivated to contribute to an exciting future. A future they discovered for themselves through looking at their world, their problem, their organization or themselves in a fresh way.
Change paradigms when you need a group to innovate.