How Performance Works

The biggest myth I hear bandied about is that it takes a long time for an organization to change. Yet when companies have hit a crisis they either fail or rally their initiative and creativity to come  up with a game changing initiative. Toyota applied cybernetics. Herman Miller invented an unusual chair and bet the farm on it – they won. So we know it can be done. How can companies change before crisis? People inspired change works off of networks not hierarchies. And that changes everything!

The easiest way is to apply change processes that work for a socially networked system. After all, that’s what produces performance – people working together toward a common goal.

I explain why.

Video produced by Red Shoe Savvy and Patricia Lambert. Much thanks!

Consequently when the self-organizing nature of networks is ignored, change takes longer because the assumption is that change is a matter of will over meaning or inspired action.

Think back to why and how you last accomplished a goal with your team.

Who did you talk to?

Who would you remove from the network and what would be lost?




The global and business issues we face today require full employee engagement and a different thinking. Dawna loves to work collaboratively to evolve and transform workplaces to be more ‘fit’, agile and inspiring. By shifting perspective to expose the invisible elements creating routine results, clients gain the strength and clarity needed to remove barriers to growth. Intelligent and intuitive insights strengthen leadership capacity to use complexity fluently and grow beyond the limitations of profit to achieve greater prosperity and value. To activate a quantum leap in leadership, Dawna started the Evolutionary Provocateur podcast in 2008. Author of Decision Making for Dummies, a speaker and a tad nomadic, Dawna is currently working on using Virtual and Augmented Reality to accelerate business culture change and human potential. An original thinker, she brings personal experience with resilience and transformation to her leadership.


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