Nik Beeson spent half of his life on the road. He has been an environmental activist, a conservationist, a spiritual chaplain, a caretaker for the excluded, a musician, a philosopher, a poet and much more. He is now leading the field of curiosity as an important aptitude in times of disruption. In this episode we talk about his extraordinary life and how we can cultivate curiosity as a skill for organisational change. And we listen to Nik's experimental music.
Dana calls herself a Badass Business Performance Coach and she worked as a dominatrix for 14 years. In this show, we revisit her extraordinary life. After we have explored the connection between the work of a dominatrix and that of a coach, we discuss various issues such as power, control and vulnerability. We also go deeper into coaching skills such as listening and speaking the truth. As this episode is labelled as explicit, you might not find it on all podcast apps.
Change is complex. Even with good intentions, our rational senses are often rather blocking us from building effective collaboration patterns in teams and organisations. The application of art in change processes can help. Jouke Kruijer is both - a gifted painter and a management consultant. In this episode, we talk about what the intimacy between the artist and his model can teach us about trust and how challenges in teams can be overcome when people allow their unconscious mind to play. Jouke also claims that sometimes - in a world of uncertainty - not knowing wins over assuming and not doing sometimes is superior to doing.
Treat yourself with one hour of wisdom! Daryl Conner has a legacy and he spent more than 40 years in exploring and explaining what change is about and how change can be facilitated. In this episode, we talk about the history of the change management discipline, about the conditions leaders need to provide for successful change and about the change facilitator's path to mastery. Packed full with deep insights, this is the episode that everybody involved in transformational processes should listen to.
Mary Alice Arthur is leading the field in two disciplines, or shall I say in two forms of art: The Art of Storytelling and the Art of Hosting. In our new episode, she talks about the legacy of the two approaches and how they can help to transform the stories that we tell ourselves, and ultimately the world. How to we bring innovation to societies and organisations and how to we work on our own practice? Mary Alice is a strong voice against indifference and for helping to design the future that we all dream of.
Sue Knight is the mastress of coaching with humour and she is a great teacher on personnel development and change. In this episode we chat about Frank Farrelly, the founder of provocative coaching and how Sue has integrated his teachings into her own work. Holger gets coached live and trips into several potholes. We reflect on the presuppositions of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and reflect on how a coach can support effective work teams. This is the episode with the most laughter so far but also with deep insights about how we can get better at what we do.
Julie Diamond is one of the world's best experts on the issue of power. Holger talks with her about whether power corrupts and how power can become a resource for better leadership. We debate whether women lead differently than men and whether political activists have an insight into their own changeability. Finally, we discuss what happens with power when organisations introduce flatter hierarchies.
With Daniel Sigrist, we talk about the future of organisations and we debunk some big concepts such as holacracy and sociocracy which propose a new form of governance beyond traditional hierarchies. What are the underlying principles that might change the way we think organisation? Daniel and Holger play around with some new ways of fast and decentralised decision making. And we hear some music of a Swiss singer songwriter.
What an episode! Belina Raffy is the Queen of Applied Improv. We talk about the power of metaphors in organisational development, how intentional choice of language makes a huge difference to personal relationships and collaboration in teams, and how a positive attitude and kindness can make a huge difference to the world. Belina and Holger play some applied improv games and have a lot of fun! And you will also hear about the experiences of an agent of joy in Iran.
What’s organisational culture? What happens to the company culture in times of crisis? Who is actually driving change? Can (and should) HR departments have a a leading role in transformation processes or did they loose their momentum? And if so, how does HR need to change? Sandeep Aujla, a change management expert from Toronto, has answers to these questions and summarises what’s important in change processes. Plus a reflection on how we can tame our anger.