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Standing Like a Mountain: Finding Your Core Strength as a Leader leadership organization change social change visualization

 

Author: David Sibbet

 

As the sun rose over the south shoulder of Mt. Shasta on the fourth morning of my vision quest solo, I found myself doing the “Standing Like a Mountain” pose. The theme of constancy in the face of change emerged as a big takeaway from days of reflection, and I would like to share some of that thinking.

Shasta felt almost like a partner on this quest, as my purpose circle looked directly across a large meadow and up to the peak. On the last night...

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How Visionary Leaders Guide Their Organizations Through Change leadership organization change visual leadership

 

As the pandemic transforms into a new normal, organizations will rely on visionary leaders who are skillful at navigating change.

 

What is Visionary Leadership?

Visionary leaders' essential capability is being able to connect to their own north-star vision (a general direction or calling, if you will) and simultaneously being able to engage the larger organization in a change journey to find out what it will take to develop and realize a shared vision.

Because all change...

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Leading By Not Knowing in Times of Uncertainty leadership organization change
Photo by Katie Moum on Unsplash

 

Author: Bobby Pardini, President of The Grove

 

“I’m not sure what will happen next.”

With all of the uncertainty and disruption taking place in our lives, the above statement might seem a bit obvious. Yet, there is power in saying the words, especially in the context of leading teams and organizations. I have discovered this first-hand as my role at The Grove has forced me to reconcile the responsibilities of leading an...

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Dealing with Permanent In-betweenness leadership organization change

  

 

“In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between them, there are doors.”

― William Blake 

 

As we enter the third year of living with the pandemic, it seems that we are in a state of permanent liminality, caught in the space between "what was" and "what will become." Liminal comes from the Latin word limen, meaning threshold, like the sill of a doorway, or the point of entrance to a building. In change...

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How Forming Strategy Gives Assurance Amidst Our “Great Unknowing” organization change strategic visioning

 

 

Author: Trent Wakenight

 

When we are lost in the woods, the sight of a signpost is a great matter.

C. S. Lewis

 

The past 20 months have been like being dropped into a forest without a map. As darkness falls, panic sets in, and a pathway forward fades from view. Finding a clearing in the woods becomes the number one priority, as one literally can’t see the forest for the trees. 

As leaders are reluctant to aim for the outer edge of the forest,...

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Envisioning Organizational Change Online organization change

 

Authors: Gisela Wendling Ph.D. and David Sibbet

 

When COVID shutdowns came in March of 2020, Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Extended University, which had become peripheral to the main colleges, realized it was time to reinvent itself. The rapidly shifting landscape of a new, all virtual world, trends in lifelong professional development, and increasing demand meant the college needed to align internal and external stakeholders behind a powerful vision. The process was...

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A Year of Leading Change with The Metropolitan Council global learning organization change

 

Author: Gisela Wendling

 

Recently The Grove engaged in a yearlong project with the Metropolitan Council (Met Council or Council) in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, focused on building internal process leadership capability. The Metropolitan Council is a regional body that oversees all of Minneapolis-St. Paul’s wastewater, metropolitan transit, housing projects, and regional-planning efforts.

One of the Met Council’s major goals is to work more systemically and...

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Visual Consulting: Harvesting The Grove’s Change Leadership grove news organization change

 

From its inception to the present day, The Grove has helped design and lead large organizational- and community-change projects by successfully applying its visual facilitation, teaming, strategic-visioning, and process-leadership methods. Now Grove founder David Sibbet and Gisela Wendling, vice president for global learning, have written Visual Consulting: Designing and Leading Change, the fourth book in the Wiley & Sons Visual Facilitation Series. It includes several new...

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Creating a Culture of Collaboration and Change at Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Business Administration organization change storymapping strategic visioning

 

Recently the dean of The College of Business Administration at Cal Poly Pomona called The Grove for help. The college of six academic departments and more than 5,000 students needed to move beyond a culture of silos, update some of its administrative processes, and address what seemed to be a lack of opportunities for innovation. As the college was getting ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary and was shifting from a quarter-based to two-semester-based system, the timing was ripe...

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