A Danish consulting company ran a one-day workshop for its client as part of a larger development program for middle management. Leveraging REAL, the consultants maximized the impact of the client organization’s time together and generated true ‘wow’ effects during the workshop day.
With mergers and acquisitions, what starts as a legal and financial transaction quickly becomes a company cultural exercise. How to turn previously separate organizations into one coherent entity that has shared goals, values and ways of working? Our case company leveraged REAL to conduct a values project involving nearly 5,000 employees in 6 countries – over 3 weeks.
The development of social media has created a lot of expectations of digitalizing our work. Indeed, many organizations have already started to digitalize their work. So far they’ve already got some experiments of online discussion and digitally mediated communication and how do these serve the organizational development and change. In my current job, I’ve seen organizations that have achieved some unexpected successes, but also the ones that have had some big disappointments in relation to the expectations.
Am I allowed to enjoy working and getting inspired and excited of it? May I fall madly in love with work, so that I forget the pass of time? It often feels that you shouldn’t. It is prohibited, or at least frowned upon. The work is supposed to be hard. That’s why people have to be protected by decrees and instructions from the dangerous phenomenon known as work.
Many public organizations have roots that go back decades, even centuries. With digitalization, the role of these bureaus typically has not disappeared, yet their daily work has changed dramatically. Our case organization wanted to transform itself from a network of isolated local bureaus into a modern and transparent entity. Knowing the old habits and traditions would be sitting tight, the leadership wanted to encourage the necessary change in an engaging and positive fashion.
Take a public organization and its traditional annual Development Day. Pack 700 people in one auditorium and task them with work-related development goals to agree on for the next year. The obvious challenge for the consultant facilitating the show is to keep the audience engaged throughout the workshop. REAL helped make the Development Day an interactive and inspiring experience for all participants.