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How to manage change for sustainability in agriculture

Written By Kristen Sukalac Posted in culture & change

How to manage change for sustainability in agriculture

How can change management help achieve sustainability in agriculture?

Sustainability is like a kaleidoscope – many different pieces need to shift, sometimes a lot, sometimes incrementally – so that a new picture can emerge. To achieve sustainability, you need to know which pieces to add, which to take away and how to move them around relative to one other to achieve the right picture.  

When you say "change management", many people think of employee-focused programs, usually associated with a change in working procedures, such as the introduction of new IT systems, but change management can – and should – be applied at three levels:

1. Internally to mobilize people and processes to achieve outcomes that are critical for organizational success;

2. At the level of the operating framework to identify institutional legacies that will slow down or prevent change if not addressed;

3. To the wider stakeholder ecosystem where many complementary changes may be needed for your change to endure. 

How to hold communicators accountable for outcomes

Written By Kristen Sukalac Posted in strategy & sustainability

How to hold communicators accountable for outcomes

How to hold communicators accountable for outcomes

Analytics and pruning are critical for effective and resource-efficient communications.

Managers don’t always have the luxury of mastering the tactical details of every job they oversee. But they do need to have a thorough enough mastery to be able to hold their staff members accountable. This can be particularly challenging for managers who come from other fields than the people in their teams.In this article, Kristen Sukalac, Consulting Partner at Prospero, explains how you can evaluate whether your communication program actually makes a difference to what you are trying to accomplish.

It's complicated. Get used to it.

Written By Sarah Cayrafourcq Posted in culture & change, leadership & engagement

It's complicated. Get used to it.

It's complicated. Get used to it.

Complexity is an emotional business you can’t afford to ignore. Sarah Cayrafourcq explains.

Most organizations today, including yours, are subject to complex, chaotic changes beyond their control. Whether you’re seeking to foster growth in new markets, capitalize on interdependent networks, achieve operational dexterity, or simply survive restructuring, a capacity to manage complexity is imperative. It’s also a psychological skill that’s vital to sustainable leadership in these “post-normal” times.

In praise of redundancy: how fractal structures create adaptability and flexibility

Written By Kristen Sukalac Posted in culture & change, leadership & engagement

In praise of redundancy: how fractal structures create adaptability and flexibility

In praise of redundancy: how fractal structures create adaptability and flexibility

This is the second article in a series looking at biomimicry as a management approach.

The combination of the economic crisis, a growing awareness of the need to improve the sustainability of human activities, and the rise of social media, among other factors, call into question whether traditional hierarchical organizations -- with task specialization -- are best-suited for today's imperatives. Fractals may provide a better alternative.

From cog in the wheel to superorganism

Written By Kristen Sukalac Posted in strategy & sustainability

From cog in the wheel to superorganism

From cog in the wheel to superorganism

This is the first article in a series looking at biomimicry as a management approach.

Human organizations are increasingly loose networks of actors surrounded by constellations of stakeholders, and researchers are discovering that human organizations actually are living organisms. But in many cases, we have actually been impeding their natural functioning with our linear, hierarchical procedures. Managers need to learn how to facilitate the interactions that will foster "swarm intelligence".

Tension between watertight scientific research & affordable research. Is Fleming's penicillin discovery publishable? https://t.co/aEuUaMUwhY

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