When I learned that organizational psychologist Andras Viscek’s father was researching pigeons and navigation I needed to learn more. Turns out there is a lot we can learn from pigeons. Armed with sensors and a desire to learn how homing pigeons communicated when returning home, Viscek’s father learned that the lead pigeon is not the one who knows all there is to know about navigation. On the contrary the lead pigeon drops back to ‘consult’ with the more knowledgable pigeon, then returns to the lead role. Wired magazine covered the details in the story
Migration or returning home from a foreign location to a home based is complex given wind, weather and other factors. Similar to a flock of homing pigeons returning home, human interactions are influenced by a variety of factors from trust, to psychological and emotional safety to purpose – why do we do what we do? for instance. Because I work with the hidden factors and dynamics in a company’s interactions, the work Andras was doing has real value for change agents inside companies in that you can ‘see’ the change agents along with the communication flows that help or hinder transformational change.
Other software products identify influencers but OrgMapper is based on physics and network principles. It got my attention. Listen to our podcast conversation. Then if it makes as much sense to you as it does to me, contact me to work out how to realize the value of knowing your network for the changes you seek to implement.
My guest for the EP38 episode of the Insight to Action podcast is Andras Viscek. Andras is the developer of OrgMapper, a web-based Organizational Network Analysis tool for internal and external change agents. He holds OrgMapper Organizational Network Analysis certification trainings for change management and OD practitioners from various regions of the World. Before founding Maven7 with his partners, he gained vast experience as the head of several HR-focus international research projects regarding work stress, motivation, loyalty and employer branding. His specialities include: change management, organizational development, business process improvement, knowledge management, team development, KOL mapping, social media analysis and network data mining.