Module 3

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In module three of leading for the future we cover:

  • Pre-reading and reflection for Module 3
  • Supplementary material to building on themes explored in Module 3
  • Module Materials
Pre-reading and reflection for Module 3

As for the two previous modules, please come along prepared for Module 3 - having read the pre-reading (outlined below) and ready with questions and comments about the reading.

  1. Short article on the “Shadow Side of Organisation Culture" prepared by Malcolm Young.
  2. Creating Breakthrough: The Leadership of Transformational Change - Bakens by Malcolm Young - an article specially written for the Leading for the Future programme which provides a theoretical overview.

We hope that you are enjoying the programme so far.  As you are now two-thirds of the way through the core elements of Leading for the Future, we hope that you are already experiencing tangible benefits from the learning and development in which you have been involved so far.

Supplementary material to building on themes explored in Module 3
  1. "Bakens" and Action Planning

    As you focus on creating vision and momentum for change on the "wicked" or complex issues you may be facing, it is helpful to consider the use of action planning tools. These tools can be helpful in focusing on how to make the change happen. In the programme, we will continue to explore the use of the "Bakens" (reference: the Netherlands Pedagogical Institute) model for this purpose. The best starting point for developing your understanding of the "Bakens" model is the article by Malcolm Young pre reading article.

    You may also want to reflect on using the "Bakens" model alongside other guidance around action planning. To help you in doing this, have a look at some of the resources in - especially around Decision Making and Problem Solving. As an alternative approach to finding and taking action on solutions, you might find the items on "Appreciative Inquiry" of particular interest.

  2. Systems Thinking

    The Bakens model is incredibly helpful in supporting your thinking about your wicked issue. If you are interested in reading more about "systems thinking", then you might find the following resources useful:

    • Articles and resources around systems theory and systems thinking on The Systems Thinker
    • Information on the "causal model for organisational performance" by W. Warner Burke and George H. Litwin. (Journal of Management. Sep92, Vol. 18 Issue 3, p523. 23p.)
    • Presence: Exploring Profound Change in People, Organizations and Society (2005) by Peter Senge, C Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworskii & Betty-Sue Flowers. Chapter 5 ("The Wedding") which builds on some of the concepts we have explored around application of the "U process" may be of particular interest.
    • John Seddon, Systems Thinking in the Public Sector: The Failure of the Reform Regime and a Manifesto for a Better Way (2008)
  3. Shadow Side

    Working the Shadow Side: A Guide to Positive Behind-the-Scenes Management (1994) by Gerard Egan.
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