Celine Schillinger will keynote the Berlin Change Day 2018
What Are You Fighting For? At Work
What is corporate activism, why does it matter, how to stay safe?
Lessons learnt from an epic change journey
It’s astonishing what a small step into corporate activism can lead to. In my case, it happened 8 years ago. From there, a whole transformation process has unfolded, that changed me, many of my co-workers, and our enterprise for the better.
The activism journey brought us into the unchartered territories (so far, in the big pharma world…) of radical inclusion and the redistribution of power between those doing the change and those affected by it, of courageous leadership and passion-driven performance. A bigger diversity in imagination, decision-making, innovative action changes everything. Corporate activism is now a proven way to change relationships in organizations and make a positive difference for their people and their business.
Yet, these ideas not easy to implement and do involve significant changes in mindset and behaviors at all levels of the organization. Alongside successes and rewards, there have been push-back, disappointments, dashed hopes. All have been amazing learning opportunities. I am thrilled to share the essence of those with the Berlin Change Days folks.
This keynote is built upon some of my recent publications, events, and course of action:
Celine has been recognized multiple times for her innovative engagement initiatives in the pharma world. A global engagement influencer, Celine designs & implements new leadership strategies at a global scale that mobilize internal or external stakeholders, enable corporate transformation and boost business value. Celine was awarded the Medal of the National Order of Merit by the French government in 2017 for her efforts for diversity in the workplace. She blogs at WeNeedSocial.com and tweets at @CelineSchill
INTUITIVE ARCHERY AS A BLUEPRINT FOR COURAGE, MINDFULNESS AND TOGETHERNESS
Your attitude counts! Hit the target without targeting and set resilience anchors in body and mind.
Focus alone is not enough to trigger change. Fixation on your target can even stand in your way. Your attitude counts! Close your eyes and hit the target without targeting. Use your intuition, trust and courage. Set anchors of transformation in body and mind.
For a comprehensive changing journey a holistic approach is beneficial: What is your attitude, your standpoint, your perspective? How much do you trust in your abilities and your intuition? Do you stand truly to your decisions and actions? Is your resilience strong enough to deal with unforeseen challenges? How do you deal with your results or even “mistakes”? Are you courageous enough to let the arrows fly - blindly?
First Level – self-awareness
Dealing with bow and arrow individually helps you to reflect on your individual patterns. It will boost your self-awareness, self-esteem and strengthen your courage for and belief in change.
Second Level – mindfulness/togetherness
Collective team archery combines self-awareness with mindfulness. We need to open our horizon to be aware of what happens around ourselves in order to be able to connect with each other and jointly reach our transformation targets. The collective simultaneous shot - released out of a deep concentrated silence and connection - will symbolize its power in the one big "PLOP".
Combining both levels is the secret of successful change agents and changing teams dedicated to jointly move forward. You will discover how the preparing stations for a shot are a meaningful blue print for any courageous and sustainable actions for change.
Having worked as a systemic consultant and coach in Berlin and London Annette became more and more convinced that the most important skills in life and business cannot be trained for and that learning only happens through personal involvement and experience. She returned to Berlin without a single client but with an idea in her head. Her plan was to facilitate learning, leadership and change with two simple tools - bow and arrow. Against all odds she launched her own organization: the Archery Academy Berlin (www.bogenakademie.de). It took some courage, hundreds of clients and thousands of shots until she finally had developed a method that she is now teaching across Europe to organizations of all kinds: from non-profit to international corporates. She works at international change summits, global leadership retreats and leadership journeys as well as with individual clients, artist and performance companies. Sometimes she is still astonished that her own dream became true and she is convinced: What counts in the end is the belief in ones own idea and the courage, to go ahead with it and to share it.
HUMOUR TO BOOST COMPASSION, COURAGE AND CHANGE
Humour, if done well, gives us the ability to focus on and to understand difficult, complex situations which we would normally be inclined to avoid. It can give us courage to feel like we are all ‘in it together to create a better response. And it can help to reveal current dynamics in the situation which are ridiculous, silly, or genius - increasing our ability to hold ourselves and others accountable, and to adapt changes as needed.
In order for us to find humorous aspects, we must mentally temporarily ‘step out’ of the situation and of how we typically think of the situation. Just doing that reminds us that these are not fixed and can change.
In this highly interactive workshop, we will:
This workshop addresses a way of communicating which helps to engage others in co-created change using compassion and delight.
Belina is the founder of a global project called Sustainable Stand Up (www.sustainablestandup.com) through which she has worked with a NASA climate scientist, numerous sustainability professionals, change agents, social entrepreneurs, corporate social responsibility officers, humanitarian workers and others on Sustainable Stand Up courses and shows in Baltimore, Berlin, Canberra, Copenhagen, Ljubljana, London, and Melbourne. She is CEO of Maffick, www.maffick.com, a global applied improvisation consultancy which focuses on communication, co-creation and aligning organisations with nature. She is very smiley and loves what she does.
CHOOSING COURAGE OVER COMFORT
Bethan & Gareth Davies
Our workshop is based on ground breaking research of Brene Brown on courage and vulnerability. The main message is that vulnerability is courage, and to be brave we need to let go of what others may think, our need for perfection, and our fear of failure.
We will share the 4 myths of vulnerability and the key finding of the research, that vulnerability is our most accurate measure of courage. We will focus on developing greater resilience to let go of the things that stop us from being brave and start to practice behaviours that move towards a more courageous and wholehearted life. The workshop is aligned to the focus of the conference as it demonstrates first-hand how courage is contagious, shares practical tools for personal change, and is an inspirational session that motivates people to show up, be seen and live brave. Participants will gain a progressive view on courage backed up by research, that enables them to view bravery from a different perspective.
Bethan has over 10 years’ experience within the Finance and Hi-tech sectors in global leadership positions. She co-founded the Bravest Path to bring a different approach to developing individuals and organisational cultures, making workplaces more human and humane. As a transformational coach Bethan focuses on helping women be bolder, self- compassionate and authentic, and regularly partners with boards and senior teams designing and facilitating programs to deliver sustainable behavioural and cultural change.
Gareth previously led specialist units within the Met Police, and it is this experience and world class training that has honed his ability to see the unique and often hidden depths of his clients. His robust and direct style provides a safe and challenging space in which he encourages his clients to lean into discomfort and grow with confidence.
Bethan and Gareth are both trained coaches and licensed to deliver the research of Brene Brown as part of their development programmes.
A TUMBLING DOWN LEADERSHIP TURN FEAR TO COURAGE AND IMMOBILITY TO ACTION
This is a real life example of my professional work. What happens when your leader is dismissed and your world is breaking apart?
You don’t get any information of what’s going on. Nor do you know the effect this will have on you, your outcome and your contribution to the company. You come to a kind of standstill. All your previous goals are invalid till you know if they still fit into the overall strategy. But the fact is you do have to do some work to hit your targets.
This workshop is about the journey from fear and immobility when the news of a leaving leadership hit the staff and courage and responsibility it all takes to keep up business and to take care of its existence. Ice breaking for the team and the organization is that they have to understand that they are part of the problem and have to be courageous and been activated.
The benefit for the participants will be how to create mini moments of truth, bring people from passivity to activity and create a mixture of several touch points to embrace community thinking.
The overall learning is, deep dive on what is the real problem behind the façade and how can people be courageous and been activated to buy-in. This will combine several concepts around team dynamics, dynamic facilitation elements, preferred futuring and activity based learning. It will end up in an advanced development of “whole scale change 2.0”. Participants can reuse and adapt this piece of work for their own challenges.
Carsten is an organizational change practitioner with many years of experience. He is supporting transformational changes in a global healthcare company and acts for his customers as a reliable partner with hands on mentality, focusing on the individual and the business. His aim is to build up people in the organization, because the healthcare and medtech industry is becoming more and more volatile and stability is nowadays the exception in the markets. Therefore, he leads people to have the capability and resilience to actively manage and integrate constant change.
LEADING BETTER THROUGH CHANGE
Edoardo Binda Zane
Changing environments are tough for everybody, and tension in teams escalates under pressure.
In normal times, we want to stick together, to talk and exchange information, and everyone can manage some pressure, it’s part of the job.
When everything changes so fast around us, or the pressure of is too high, though, we get stressed – and that’s when problems happen: it becomes easy to be protective and focused on our personal gain, we want to be safe. When this happens, communication and exchange of information dies, and - because of the pressure we are already under - mistakes happen. Mistakes, under pressure, are more expensive: for us and for the whole team.
This workshop is focused on avoiding these mistakes and on making a better, more constructive use, of our dynamics under change.
In the workshop we will see not only how teams can work together, but how to make them want to stick together and be there for each other under pressure. We will explore how to make teams understand at a deeper level that taking care of each other, and not of only themselves, is what can bring them out of danger. Participants will leave this workshops with a much deeper understanding of teamwork, and the ability to show their own teams how a simple mental switch can make a world of a difference.
Edoardo has been working in and heading 7-figure business and policy projects for a large part of his career. He has also been improvising at a professional level for 5 years and has studied with several top-level schools. He exploits contact points between these realities and uses them to transfer skills between them. Edoardo works between Berlin and Milan with companies ranging from startups and social businesses to international corporations. He is the author of two books:
• “Effective Decision-Making: how to make better decisions under uncertainty and pressure”
• “Writing Proposals: A Handbook of What Makes Your Project Right For Funding”
THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE - A SERIOUS BOARD GAME
The climate challenge deals with the complex problem of climate change. Players face the crucial trade-off between long term sustainability and short term economic growth. It puts participants in the shoes of key decision makers. Each team is responsible for the expansion of a virtual economy on the game board. The growth process encompasses the issues that our world leaders are all too familiar with: growth spurts, limited resources, international negotiations, downturns and conflicts. Do you have the courage to invest in renewable energy? Do you play local or global? Can we prevent ourselves from disasters? What courage does it take to collaborate and what courage to lead or facilitate collaboration?
Can you deal with the complex problem of climate change?
Elien has experience for about twenty years in leading and facilitating development processes. She is dedicated to helping build sustainable organisations and societies, with a whole system approach towards collective impact. She has expertise in design and facilitation of participatory processes in complex settings, multi stakeholder dialogue and co-creation and uses methodologies such as future search, world café, open space technology and appreciative inquiry.
MIND THE GAP - HOW TO BE A CHANGE AGENT IN A NON LINEAR REALITY
In a fast changing reality, we often get paralyzed, anxious and shocked facing a unexpected and very complex future. The workshop will explore the gap between our linear ways of planning, thinking and acting and the non linear dynamics of the systemic reality we are trying to change. It will introduce two ways of bridging this gap - 1. acting inside a loop and 2. planning for multiple futures. It will give participants the experience of making a plan based on things they do not know yet.
Eitan has been an activists for social, political and organizational change for over 20 years, in the international aid sector, local civil society and the public and private sectors. A group facilitator by training and nature, Eitan holds an M.A in Educational Policy and Management from Tel-Aviv University and an M.Sc in Negotiation and Conflict-Resolution from Columbia University in the City of NY. In recent years Eitan devotes his time to develop new tools and processes which support teams and individuals to better manage change in complex contexts.
IS COURAGEOUS ACTIVISM THE LIGHT SIDE OF THE FORCE?
Nestlé’s Chairman did 2005 an act of courageous corporate activism when he declared that it was extremism to believe that access to water was a public right, and that it should be privatized. Like him in the corporate field, activists in many other fields – political, environmental, human rights, etc. – courageously promote their agenda, doing more harm than good. The reason is that they are incapable of:
But I believe that:
Eugenio is an OD-consultant since 1990. His specialty is to design and facilitate transformational processes in which success depends on the collaboration between parties with different perspectives, professions, cultures and even diverging interests. Apart from his consulting practice, he is the initiator of GAIT – “Guild of Agents for Intentional Transformation”, a network of people who commit themselves to support each other to increase the impact of their interventions, while at the same time diminishing the pain they cause to those that will be affected by the changes, and avoiding to put themselves in harm’s way. He has worked with national, multinational and global companies; with international, multilateral, national and local organizations; mainly in Sweden and Spain, but also in the rest of Europe, in Africa and in Latin America.
“It is my heart’s burning desire to experience organizations in which each person can shine with her own light at the same time that everybody else also does. All too often, the light is dimmed either through demands of obedience or through expectations of conformity. And with dimmed lights, down goes the organization’s performance.”
DEEP DEMOCRACY - INCORPORATING THE WISDOM OF THE MINORITY VOICE
Han Verhoeven & Monique Janmaat
Courage or cowardice are these really opposed concepts?
We explore these conflicting ideas with methods from Deep Democracy. In conflict there is wisdom. Experience the simple steps that will unleash the transformative potential of Deep Democracy methods.
Deep democracy enables all voices to be heard. The loud voice and the minority voice. How can we deal with subconscious (group) behaviour? How can we listen to all views? What can we learn from views we don't like? When we feel we must have the courage to transform, the minority voice must be incorporated in the majority decision. During this workshop you experience how this mindset helps to allow differences to be resolved and to gain wisdom that lies within the collective views.
Han's passion is to assist individuals, teams and organisations in expressing their dreams, interests and values while listening to others. "Being a contribution" in a world full of conflict is her challenge.
Han has twenty years of experience in organisational development and network building. She trained hundreds of professionals in the field of facilitation, learning and session design. She often works in intercultural settings and overseas. Han is an IAF certified Professional® Facilitator and Assessor. She is a Deep Democracy practitioner. More on www.perspectivity.org.
Monique facilitates learning and development of individuals, teams, organisations and systems to understand, embrace and deal with today's challenges and contribute to making the world a little bit better. Differences are interesting and enriching and through expressing and appreciating them we have more in common then we think. That is why she loves what she does....to find this common ground and building further on existing qualities and strengths of everyone involved. She is since 19 years based in Tanzania, has more then 25 years of experience and works in many countries and cultures. She uses a variety of approaches such as Future Search, Theory U and Appreciative Inquiry and is a Deep Democracy practitioner. More on www.perspectivity.org
TRUSTING THE INVISIBLE:
A FULL-BODY EXPERIENCE TO GIVE POWER TO YOUR DREAMS AND VISIONS
by Jutta Goldammer
In a materialistic world view in which only visible and touchable things are being valued, it is a challenging undertaking to trust the invisible and bring something new into the world. Dreams, visions and ideas as part of the unseen realms need a lot of reassurance before they can come into existence. They belong to the world of images, hopes and longing. Existence starts with dreaming and it needs trust in oneself to advocate the ideas that are not yet known to the world around us.
Arrow breaking, an initiation ritual from Fiji will help you gain confidence in your dreams and visions. With a focused mind and strong will you will not only manage to break an arrow with your throat. Along with it you will vanquish the obstacles that keep you from moving towards what you envision. In this workshop you will anchor the experience of your own power in your body: The confidence that nothing can stop you until your dream is manifest.
Jutta is founder and managing partner of the Visionautik Akademie, which helps social innovators, entrepreneurs and visionaries make their dreams come true. She has been a facilitator for over 15 years, specialising in the field of innovation processes with a particular focus on multisensual approaches that open up unconventional paths and unexpected solutions. Jutta studied education and art and subsequently trained as an organisational developer and firewalking instructor, all of which informs and supports her playful and empowering facilitation style. She has initiated several international projects aimed at furthering innovative educational approaches, including the European Learning Partnership “Hosting Transformation” and the Transformation Festival in Berlin.
WAYFINDING IN TIMES OF CHANGE
Many leaders find it increasingly difficult to navigate by outdated maps in a world where the traditional modus operandi is under heavy fire.You can’t win in today’s business world with yesterday’s tools, strategies and mindset. We live in a world of speed, transparency and constant change. The need to discover what is next is pushing us every day.
A vision of leadership in the 21st century is to grow an adaptive life perception. It is the ability to anticipate, sense, and analyse changing situations and respond with a timely action that actualises emerging futures. In order to adapt to a new reality, leaders and organisations must embrace a four dimensional shift if they are to fare well in the emerging culture: a mind shift, a skill shift, a behaviour shift and a system shift.
Questions raised during this presentation:
The final approach depends on the participants and is something that I wish to tailor with you as organisers. The aim is for the session to be highly interactive with inbuilt questions and reflections.
Kenneth Mikkelsen is a writer, speaker, leadership adviser and learning designer. He is an associate of the Drucker Society and Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies. Kenneth also sits on the international advisory board of the Oscar Foundation in India and has co-founded St. Martin’s School, an NGO that provides education for underprivileged children in Cameroon. He is co-author of The Neo-Generalist with Richard Martin. The book explores the value of multidisciplinarity, of living in more than one world. Kenneth is currently educating 70 change agents for a government in the Middle East, preparing them for a future that is less dependent on fossil fuels.
THE SURPRISING POWER OF LIBERATING STRUCTURES: SIMPLE RULES TO UNLEASH A CULTURE OF INNOVATION
Leslie Ruminski & Sylvia Taylor
Conventional structures used to organize how people routinely work together stifle inclusion and engagement. Conventional structures are either too inhibiting or too loose and disorganized to creatively engage people in shaping their own future. They frequently generate feelings of frustration and/or exclusion and fail to provide space for good ideas to emerge and germinate. This means that huge amounts of time and money are spent working the wrong way. More time and money are then spent trying to fix the unintended consequences.
Liberating Structures offers an alternative way to approach and design how people work together. It provides a menu of thirty-three tools to replace or complement conventional practices. Liberating Structures used routinely make it possible to build the kind of organization that everybody wants. They are designed to include everyone in shaping next steps.
Leslie is a seasoned professional with over 25 years experience in multiple industries. Leslie currently works with senior level healthcare leaders across five states in the USA for Providence Health & Services in Organizational Readiness. She guides healthcare leadership through the human side of organizational change initiatives. Leslie’s background includes involvement in social work, employee education, training and administration. Leslie’s experience is thanks to long tenures at the following organizations: Providence Health & Services, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Clackamas Community College and Multnomah County Health Department.
WHY! - BEING INITIATOR AND INNOVATOR FOR CHANGE AND TRANSFORMATION
Lisa Simon & Amira Gazawi-Triebke
In our Workshop we would like to discuss how to design Transformation with viral and purpose-oriented methods. We call it “WHYral Transformation”. The idea of “WHYral Transformation” is based on different theories, we would like to present and discuss with participants how to transfer into practice (some of the theories and methods: Diffusion of Innovation, Viral Change, Start with why, Theory U, X-Y-Theory, 70:20:10 learning, Swarm…).
One of the main questions for us is “WHY should an organization and each employee concentrate on culture, transformation, change management and how can a viral and employee-initiated transformation really take place?”. We will come up with general as well as really specific cases, ideas and questions to inspire and challenge and looking forward to discuss, think further and getting more into detail.
Lisa is part of an Innovator-Network within her company (Haufe Group). The network and therefore Lisa is concentrating on and thinking about the questions: “WHY and in which way should organizations transform and how can the employees become the driving force”. Lisa herself started as a consultant for project management and discovered thereby her love for change management. In the past 10 years she was involved in many Changes and Transformations as an employee, a change agent, a consultant, a responsible, a trainer and as an observer and always interested person.
Amira is like Lisa part of the innovator network within the Haufe Group as she implements what has been created. She has her roots in educational science and completed this view with an economic one. As a result she passionately supports companies in dealing with changes and loves to ask questions since 10 years.
CHANGE IN TOXIC ORGANISATIONS: THE COURAGE TO STOP
Having the courage to stop is as important as having the resilience to carry on with a change.
Participants will hear my stories of when I have chosen to stay in toxic organisations and when I have chosen to step away and the financial and well-being cost of both of those choices to me. They will learn questions to ask themselves and others to raise awareness about the likelihood of success of the change/the motivation to change/the immunity to change and so be able to make conscious choices about the future.
Maggie has over 25 years experience in organisational transformations in the private and public sector in the UK. She has seen the change from person to person ways of working, to telephone based, to online and now back to a demand for more relational ways of working. She believes just as there is a cycle of life there are cycles of change.
USING STORY ACTIVISM TO BUILD COURAGEOUS COMMUNITIES
Mary Alice Arthur
These are challenging times. It seems we are at the end of our familiar stories of culture, work, community and life. We are not sure what the future will bring and there is tension and fear as rival narratives clash. What can anyone do? The first thing to do is remember that story is the human operating system. We live in a story, and that means we can change it! When we become skilled at working with stories -- our own and others' -- we have a different kind of agency. In this workshop we will focus on 10 practices of Story Activism to develop both the toolkit and the courage to become Story Change Agents. In sharing our stories of courage and taking a look at where we are called to take action -- at work and in life -- we will practice community that can support us beyond the bounds of the conference to step up, step out and be initiators of change.
Mary Alice is a Story Activist, working with story in service of positive systemic shift and for focusing collective intelligence on critical issues. In plain speak, she creates spaces where the right story can take people into a flourishing future. Taking back the power of your own story is a foundation for your personal journey of transformation and a keystone in answering the question: “What is mine to do?”. She is an internationally recognised process host, building capacity for people to host and harvest the conversations that matter and the stories that surround them in the systems they live and work in. She has worked as a consultant all over the world and is now based in Columbus, Ohio, in the US. She is inspired to work with large and small systemic stories that hold keys for a more generative future. She hosts a Facebook page called The Story Dojo. Mary Alice is a sought after process host and teaches participatory process all over the world as an international steward of the Art of Hosting.
Minna Taylor & Simone Sloan
The objective of the workshop is to use improvisation via act of play, participants will explore self-expression, interpersonal relationships, and stress management as methods to empower their activism.
Participants will tap into their ability to empathize through active listening, understand their gradient to social responsibility, impulse control, and being flexible. Utilizing these emotional intelligence skills to gain the courage to become the activist for positive change.
Social, political, environmental, and business changes are evolving quickly. How society as a whole adapts, accepts, or rejects these changes are dynamic. Understanding ourselves first, is important. Through skills such as self-perception, self-expression, and interpersonal dynamics, these skills drive how we make decisions and handle various levels of stress being placed upon us. Thinking about change is the first step. Taking action and leading with our behaviors to realize positive change, is the second step. This workshop will explore and activate these concepts so that participants will have an increased awareness of themselves and their potential impact on society as a whole.
Simone Sloan is an Executive Strategist & Facilitator and founder of M ind B ody &You Professional Coach LLC. Her professional background includes Marketing,Communication, Medical Affairs, Promotional Regulatory/Compliance, andGlobal Business Strategy. She has successfully launched products/programs, developed and trained sales and medical teams and has managed business
cross functional teams and budgets. Simone partners with executives to develop high-level strategic planning objectives focused on identifying and aligning company programs with organizational goals, designed to create long term business results. Simone holds a B.S degree in Pharmacy and her MBA degree from Howard University. She is DISC and EQI certified, co-author of Achieving Results, and is an adjunct professor at Montclair State University, entrepreneur business program.
Founder and CEO of Energize Your Voice, Minna Taylor has been empowering individuals and professionals in the area of effective communication since 2006. Her approach is grounded in establishing and maintaining focus and intention through a foundation of effective breathing and physical engagement. She works with professionals to re-inspire curiosity and a sense of play, enhancing their investment and engagement in their work. Her main points of instruction for professional clients are Public Speaking, Presentation Skills, and Accent Reduction. She teaches improv based presentation and team building workshops to corporations. Minna has worked with CEOs of major corporations all over the world, educators, creatives, and entrepreneurs.
COURAGE EMBODIMENT: WHAT IS NEEDED TO START A MOVEMENT
Nadja Petranovskaja & Birgit Dierker
Is courage a skill? A mindset? A decision? Where to start, when you feel a desire to move things? In this workshop we will look for the embodiment of the participants' courage. “What looks courage like in our body language - what can our unconscious tell us?” is the question that is answered for each of the participants in this workshop. A photograph is taken of this embodiment, which is given to the participants as take away. In this way, this photo serves as an anchor that the participant can reuse or use at any time when he/she needs to evoke the energy needed to embody courage.
By applying the “picture U” method by Birgit Dierker and the questions from Byron Katie (“The Work”), participants will pose their unique personal courage. We ensure that the personal courage pose is doubly anchored because it is both an inner and a mental experience. At the end of the workshop, time will also be spent on transfer questions, in order to make room for investigating how the insights and experiences gained by the participants will be put into practice in the future. The underlying assumption that activism starts with one individual who has the courage to take action, is to start with a strong conviction that makes this workshop seamless with this year's theme. This workshop makes it possible for each person, in her or his own way, to give this courage a form and a look.
Nadja has more than 20 years of experience as a business psychologist. After finishing her studies in Hamburg, the native Russian gained international experience as a consultant, project manager and manager in a wide range of industries. As a specialist in change management and motivation, Ms. Petranovskaja feels secure in various roles. She found out what made all the difficult situations a success: courageous people who enjoy doing their work and look forward to every Monday.
Birgit acts as executive coach, facilitator and trainer. It is very important for her to create rooms for growth - in an atmosphere of vigorous contexts or in the inspiring environment of studio and coaching room. As a motivating, confident personality, Birgit accompanies leaders and teams in change processes with broad variety of methods taken from visual arts, neuropsychology and her experience in the corporate world. Birgit has gathered more than 20 years of leadership experience in multiple corporations. In addition to that, she is very creative as an artist in her own studio.
Birgit and Nadja call the own role at work a “BusinessMuse” and see their contribution to the more nuanced, radiant and peaceful world by relentlessly adding inspiration and verve to everything we need to carry out.
WHERE TO START? HOW CORPORATE ACTIVISTS CAN INCREASE THEIR IMPACT BY GAINING A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR CHANGE-LANDSCAPE
Pao Siermann & Susan Kirch
All corporate activists strive for change. Yet the nature of any change is specific. A few aspects and mechanisms might be similar, however the individual situation from where change starts and where it leads to is never the same. The challenge many corporate change-activists face, is the question: “How can I create a substantial and sustainable impact?”
Pao Siermann and Susan Kirch suggest an easy, fast and yet thorough way to understand your own complex preconditions – your specific landscape of change. By visualizing the most relevant factors and stakeholders in combination with their interconnectedness and mutual influences all in one sweep, you will be able to find the one most important person, section or aspect that will put you on the right track for your goal. Pao and Susan offer a playful experience of a powerful and easily cross-culturally adaptable method of dealing with complex change-landscapes inspired by classical Chinese approaches. The message of the workshop goes along with a Chinese saying: “You should know yourself as well as your enemy to be able to win your battle.” This means, that a successful start of any corporate change aspiration is nourished by exploring the specific nature of one’s own as well as the others’ system beforehand. Pao and Susan will demonstrate, how this can be achieved.
Pao is founder of the Wu De Academy in Berlin, in the context of which classical models and perspectives are applied to modern leadership- and organizational challenges. A key focus of his current work as a coach and consultant is the facilitation of complex change-processes in teams and organizations.
Susan works as an independent consultant and as part of the Wu-De facilitation team with a specialization in conscious and future-bound leadership topics as well as Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) challenges. She draws from her former experience in conceiving and managing many international world-music projects.
COMPASSIONATE CORPORATE ACTIVISM
Rudy van Damme
In this historical era the major challenge is to activate people to take responsibility for the whole in which they operate, live and work. For many change makers, this results in finding answers to the following questions:
As coach and team facilitator I’ve learned over the last twenty years of my career to combine compassion with an activist attitude. I want my clients to adopt an ecological and layered worldview that contrasts with the dominant success-oriented, individual and opportunist mind-set. At the same time, I also don’t want to lose my compassion and the chance to collaborate with my clients. In doing so I developed a set of questions which allowed me to become an inspirer and awakener for my clients (citizens, professionals, teams, organisations). I believe the courage needed as a change maker is rather easy if one knows what questions to ask. Transferring this practice and knowledge is based upon a model I developed to be used for individual conversations as well as upon a ritual to be used for team facilitation. This workshop will explore the mind-set and skills needed to redefine leadership, coaching, mentoring and teaching into the art of compassionate activism.
Attendees participating in my workshop will walk away with a set of questions that they can use to become more courageous as change makers while keeping rapport with the opponent person/situation at hand. They will also have gained insight in the model and ritual I’ve developed being the Fork Model® & Collaborative Circles®.
Rudy Vandamme is a Ph.D. in social psychology and NLP trainer. His main focus is creating new methodologies for communication, community building, team development, and social change; all are based on an ecological and holistic worldview. He is owner of a training institute (www.coachingforprofessionals.net) and wrote a bunch of books (www.coachingbooks.net).
CORPORATE CREDIBILITY & THE CHURCH OF CHANGE
Stephan Ummelen & Sander Ummelen
Ever since modern management theory was invented roughly 100 years ago, companies been building their brands around belief systems. Now, when the need for change is urgent, companies are trying to fill in the empty space that the church has all but left in our society. By trying to provide 'meaning' in a 'purpose economy', corporations are acting more and more like churches. But history has shown us that churches can only endure when their beliefs are perceived to be authentic. The brothers Sander & Stephan will change the way you think about change. By guiding you through their own experiences of brand-oriented change management and their statistical analysis of authenticity at large corporations.
Stephan & Sander led a Dutch branding agency for ten years until they sold their shares to focus on values in organizations. Waardengedreven (Values Driven) helps companies change based on their own philosophy on life, society and work. Together with a mathematician and a professor, they have also developed a way to statistically analyse the authenticity of beliefs at large companies. Clients include banks, international transportation giants and yes - even the Catholic Church.