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Snookered again? ‘Game playing’ in Transformation and Change Consulting

Snookered again? ‘Game playing’ in Transformation and Change Consulting


In change processes, ‘gamesʼ are often played between issue holders who have some authority in the client system (‘clientsʼ), ‘helpersʼ (often internal or external consultants or staff representatives such as HR or Strategy) and those affected by changes.  Games can only be played out if all parties are complicit at some level. The upshot of game playing is that one or all parties find themselves set up to fail in their attempts to bring about a desired change. Games either come to a healthy, or somewhat healthy, resolution or end in an unhealthy manner. Snookered again....

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Strategy, Organisation Design and HR Leaders: Don’t get relegated to comms, culture and clearing up

Strategy, Organisation Design and HR Leaders: Don’t get relegated to comms, culture and clearing up


Beginning in June 2023, we ran a series of sessions to investigate the separation between ‘suits’ (strategy and organisation design) and ‘cardigans’ (organisation development and change). What are the implications of this separation for HR professionals? These leaders all too often get relegated to doing the three Cs: comms, culture and clearing up.

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Does team size matter?

Does team size matter?


Over the years we have been asked to coach leadership teams that are not performing or living up to their potential.  It’s not uncommon to find that the team is simply too large.  What is required is not (just) team coaching but team design. But …. how small is too small and how big is too big? Well, it depends! An annoying answer we know, but it happens to be true in this case. We thought it would be helpful in this post to say more than “it depends”, and to offer practitioners a way of thinking about a possible response

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