Here are a few of the characters from our latest course in organisational change.
Our AMOC participants are all on their way to the graduation ceremony next Spring; it will be a fantastic moment for all of us...
But what we all understand is that real change requires more than a snazzy grad certificate.
Over the last two years, these folk have put themselves through the mill. By now they will know quite a lot about the psychological, social and, even, philosophical aspects of organisations and change. But much more than that, they have worked hard in support of each other as they too have changed. This is something that is key to the Ashridge philosophy of relational consulting and intervention; that change is mutual; we change together - rather than as distant individuals who have been subject to a compelling PowerPoint show.
Organisations can be notoriously resilient towards any efforts to change them (of course... they're made of ...wait for it...you and me!) and it takes a special individual to come alongside us and offer the kind of credibility and authority that we can trust. In my view, this kind of presence has little to do with any form of technical skill but is the result of practitioners seriously putting themselves on the line as they inquire into their own 'stuff' in a sustained and disciplined way. Only then, when you and the group you are part of, have grown and changed, does it make sense to consider an intervention into a complex, tricky, resistant client organisation.
My work with AMOC is a favourite part of my 'portfolio' and, if you are a change practitioner, or have the ambition to be one, it could be for you. We are busy recruiting our next cohort so, if this kind of thing appeals, drop me a line or apply on the website.
There is, however, a health warning.
AMOC is about changing lives as well as changing minds.