Gervase Bushe is the Professor of Leadership and Organisational Development at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. His career spans over three decades of transforming organisational structures, cultures and processes, away from command and control and towards more collaborative work systems. Gervase is an award winning author of over one hundred papers and has three books on organisational change, leadership, teams and teamwork. His newest co-authored book, “Dialogic Organisation Development: The Theory and Practise of Transformational Change,” builds on his ground breaking research into how appreciative inquiry leads to transformational change, and is gathering international acclaim. He has consulted to blue chip corporations and start-ups, public sector and business corporations in a variety of sectors and, in 2016, HR Magazine in the UK added him to their list of the 30 Most Influential HR thinkers.
Today we’re talking with Gervase about how to create changes in workplaces that enable them to flourish. Gervase shares his award-winning insights on why we need to understand more about how living systems thrive, the role of leaders and the danger of big visions, and how to ask generative questions that shift people’s thinking and behavior.
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- [03:05] – Gervase explains why we need to understand more about how living systems thrive and complexity science if we want to help people to flourish.
- [05:15] – Gervase shares his research on why leadership visions can backfire, and why a generative mindset is needed instead
- [07:18] – Gervase shows how the natural inclination and power of self-organization can be used to create change in workplaces.
- [11:26] – Gervase explains the difference between a ‘positive’ and ‘generative’ approach to creating change.
- [16:27] – Gervase shares his four guidelines on asking more generative questions.
- [16:35] – Gervase talks about how to focus on developing positive traits, rather than trying to eliminate the negative.
- [26:59] – Lightning round with Gervase Bushe
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