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Understanding human dynamics is critical to accelerating change in the company. Last edition, we talked about organizational patterns, and Dave Snowden did a masterful job of that. Today we talk about a taboo topic for many companies.
Do you know what a narcissist or psychopath is and how it affects your organization’s flexibility and adaptability? Unless you’re a healthcare professional, you probably can’t diagnose one, but you may have encountered a few while supporting your organization through change.
The question of whether there's a narcissist or psychopath in an organization has profound implications for how the organization functions and what structures and safeguards should be in place to ensure a high level of organizational health Erich R. Bühler, 2019
Let me tell you some of my personal stories and give you some context. In 2007, I was working in London as a Scrum Coach. I was called in by a well-known company to help them with one of their teams because there was no healthy dynamic there. Something that in principle could be a normal day for any consultant in an organization. But what happened there changed my career, my perspective on change, and got me working on new models focused on organizational health.
Organizational health is psychological safety and the creation of sustainable business value over time Leading Exponential Change (Erich R. Bühler), 2018
In a world of accelerated markets (or what we call exponential change), you need 3 things to stay in the game:
If the organization isn’t in sustained health, the impact of market disruptions will increase internal conflict and power dynamics within the organization, and eventually, people will consciously or unconsciously turn away from the strategy.
This can be a major challenge for any leader who wants to be at the helm of a company that needs to create exceptional products and services, but it’s also a challenge for employees.
Psychopaths, for example, have a high level of empathy and feelings for themselves but not for others. As such, they play a crucial role in how social dynamics and power relationships develop. And it’s here that we must begin to understand where the unhealthy dynamics arise in an organization and why.
In this issue, we’ve converted a 2019 article to audio that contains some of the keys for change consultants to understand the psyche of a narcissist or psychopath and the potential implications for someone trying to influence change.
For many of you, the beginning of the year is planning for the next few months in terms of careers and courses.
We’re pleased to announce that in January we’ll continue our Certified Change Consultant courses in various parts of the world. If you’re in a time zone near the Trainers, we invite you to connect with them and give your career in organizational change a boost with the coming remote Trainings.
Agustin Varela (Perú), Spanish
Greg Pitcher (New Zealand), English
Sandip Rananavare (Australia), English
Walter Shraiber (Argentina, Practia), Spanish
From Enterprise Agility University, we hope you found our scientific newsletter useful, and we’ll see you next week.