The pre-eminent recipe for building a container concept organisation:
Together we transform corporate jargon into clear and meaningful actions.
Discussions in most organisations contain too much conceptual talk.
They somewhat resemble the confusion of tongues in Babel.
Unfortunately, people assume that they give the same meaning to the same words. Let me show you what I mean with an example of a mission statement:
All around the table nod or keep silent, as if they are implying ‘yes, I know exactly what you mean, dear speaker’.
‘Customer delight’, ‘value creation’, ‘flexibility’: they remain vague container concepts in case we don’t give a shared meaning to these words.
This is the first step: creating a shared meaning to words.
Second step: what will we actually do with terms like mission, vision, goals that is both clear ànd meaningful enough to people?
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In the following weeks, I’ll talk about different ways to redirect your team(s) during and after COVID-19. My new approach ‘R.E.S.E.T.’ aims to increase well-being, strengthen relationships and strategise
I felt inspired by working together in 2020 with the Leadership Team from NGO ‘Smile and Olive’. As a ‘Culture First’ organisation they have embraced their mission statement and culture as a second nature. Remember: ‘A good team survives a bad product. But a good product doesn’t survive a bad team.’ (Michel Akkermans)
I hired Peter for the first time as a facilitator for an interactive session for the top 20 of our company (HQ Ghent, Belgium- April 2016). That was when he brought the attention to his “vision framework”: a practical tool and way of thinking and acting to assess the progress, stagnation and decline of organizations and teams. Later, he also did a good job guiding a session for a larger team of leaders and experts ( Cracow, Poland – October 2016 ).
During a number of engaging days with an international vision team in Ghent, Peter helped us crafting our mission, strategy and values in the course of 2017. The last step was his contribution in having these vision building blocks explained and further elaborated in plenary and in subgroups, again with the same Christeyns large group of leaders and experts ( Badalona, Spain – October 2017 ). What started out as a 1st session, has become a very solid partnership with great output and usefulness for our organization and Christeyns staff, and undoubtedly, our clients.