Facilitating Change

A new kind of organisation based on purpose and principle

Are you change ready?

Learn how to Facilitate Change through the Chaordic Design Process

Chaordic Organisations

A process of moving from Chaos to Order 

Chaordic organisations are self-organizing and self-governing. They operate not through hierarchies of authority, but through networks of equals. It isn’t power or coercion that makes them effective, rather it’s clear-shared purpose, a shared vision, ethical operating principles, and responsibility distributed through every node.

Learning the 6 Dimensions, starting with Purpose and finishing with Practices!

Step 1 - Develop a Statement of Purpose

The first step is to learn how to define with absolute clarity and conviction an effective purpose statement that will be commonly understood by all stakeholders including customers. When correctly done it can be expressed in a single sentence.

Step 2 - Define a set of Principles

With the same clarity and conviction and common understanding, the principles by which those involved we be guided in pursuit of that purpose need to be created. Principles typically have high ethical and moral content and developing them requires engaging the whole person, not just the intellect.The best will be descriptive, not prescriptive, and each principle will illuminate the others.

Step 3 - Identify all participants

Identify all relevant and affected parties - the participants whose needs, interests and perspectives must be considered in conceiving (or reconceiving) the organisation. As team members pursue their work, their perceptions of who constitutes a stakeholder will typically expand. They now have an opportunity to ensure that all concerned individuals and groups are considered when a new organisational concept is sought.

Step 4 - Create a new organisational concept

When all relevant and affected parties have been identified, team members creatively search for and develop a general concept for the organisation. In the light of purpose and principles, they seek innovative organisational structures that can be trusted to be just, equitable and effective with respect to all participants, in relation to all practices in which they may engage. They often discover that no existing form of organisation can do so and that something new must be conceived.

Step 5 - Create the road map to get there

Your organisational roadmap will need to have resources identified and allocated, budgets, tasks allocated to accountable persons, timeframes, workflow will need to be tested and modified. Your team will need training into the new workflow. It is also helpful to develop a new visual flowchart that clearly sets out the workflow.

Step 6 - Develop and implement innovative practices

With clarity of shared purpose and principles, the right participants, an effective concept and a clear direction, practices will naturally evolve in highly focused and effective ways. They will harmoniously blend cooperation and competition within a transcendent organisation trusted by all. Purpose is then realised far beyond original expectations, in a self-organising, self-governing system capable of constant learning and evolution.


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