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Collective Mindset & the Dynamics of Social Systems

Collective Mindset & the Dynamics of Social Systems

Group dynamics are at the root of all work with social systems. There is a myriad of methods to use in trainings and workshops in order to cover these dynamics. They are effective as long as the issues at hand remain in the foreground and in everybody’s joint focus....

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Simply not good enough: The perpetual message of insufficiency

Simply not good enough: The perpetual message of insufficiency

When Arnold Gehlen described humans as insufficient creatures, he furnished this label with a positive interpretation. The human ability to design our life world grows out of the physical insufficiency of humankind, essentially establishing a dominance within it and...

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Mindset: Limits and Opportunities

Mindset: Limits and Opportunities

The concept of mindset and tenets has proved useful in the coaching context. It effectively supports cognitive flexibility and brings coachees into contact with a wider range of tools to actively meet the challenges delivered in their life and work settings. It is...

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Virtual OD by SYNNECTA – Go digital!

Virtual OD by SYNNECTA – Go digital!

The digital world is a great source of new potential for organizations to foster a cultural change that is more democratic and more tuned into the future in order to address the challenges of an increasingly complex and dynamic world. In future, culture will be even...

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TheQuestBySynnecta – What are we for?

TheQuestBySynnecta – What are we for?

People in organizations expect a credible answer to this question in order to be able to establish a context for their work that delivers a sense of both purpose and meaning. Reacting to such challenges, companies position themselves with a company purpose. Until now,...

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WE, the Company – the Dynamics of Shaping Identities

WE, the Company – the Dynamics of Shaping Identities

It is a well-known challenge: how can an organization gain and maintain a recognizable identity that gives direction to the conduct of its entire team? The history of large companies is usually shaped by mergers. Surprisingly, we often find deep-rooted and dominant...

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Some Thoughts about Mindset: a trending term

Some Thoughts about Mindset: a trending term

How we see the world, and what we know about it, is shaped by what has gone before: it is conditional. The notion that our perception and understanding creates an image of the world has long been doubted. At least since the time of Kant, we have known that perception...

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Spectrum of Balance – A cultural model for organizations

Spectrum of Balance – A cultural model for organizations

The cultural model »Spectrum of Balance« was developed by SYNNECTA in co-creation with partners at other companies. It gives culture a language and thus people in organizations a basis for reflection and discussion. The model is descriptive and not normative. It is...

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Empathy is a skill, not a potential

Empathy is a skill, not a potential

No empathy without scenic competence. We do not feel into another being nor is our feeling a kind of sense aimed to perceive the emotional situation of another being. Empathy is a skill; we learn it in our life. We understand another’s (persons or groups) feelings...

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Something is missing – Experiences with non-analogue workshops

Something is missing – Experiences with non-analogue workshops

Time brings us the chance to have increased experiences with non-analogue workshops using different digital tools. We see the value in this form of collaborative working whenever we have to exchange facts and figures, whenever we have to inform and to get feedback. It...

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The Return of the Crowd

The Return of the Crowd

The phenomenon of the crowd became the focus of theoretical thinking in the beginning of the last century. Beginning from Gustave Le Bon’s theories, Elias Canetti, Hermann Broch and Sigmund Freud were among those who addressed this new fact in politics and society....

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Why diversity is a driver of innovation

Why diversity is a driver of innovation

Use the variety of perspectives in your company to become more creative How do we become more innovative? This question is becoming increasingly urgent for many companies to keep up with the competition. Without innovation, time is running out for many companies. The...

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Crisis Communication III

Crisis Communication III

Few remarks on the announcement of the bad news It is an event that captures the attention of the managers involved. Although it is only one step in a longer process, it is the central event because it sets the tone for the whole following process: the official first...

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Crisis Communication II

Crisis Communication II

The dilemma of local leadership or A deep conflict of loyalties There's the decision. Costs have to be reduced, a reduction in staff is pending, perhaps the closure of a site or the sale of part of the company. The local management has the task of implementing the...

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Crisis Communication I

Crisis Communication I

Transparency makes credible - the need for honest leadership It is a classic starting situation: A general manager, a plant manager, a divisional manager is informed that significant redundancies are imminent in his area, that a site is to be closed or an entire...

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Mindset – our basic thesis

Mindset – our basic thesis

Basic Thesis Each person acts from an individual mindset [as part of the personality]. Human communities act from a collective mindset [as part of culture]. What is a Mindset? A mindset comprises personal or collective dominant attitudes and thought patterns, as well...

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Agile leadership: factors of success

Agile leadership: factors of success

The last years have seen radical change to the environment in which businesses have had to operate for success. The field is increasingly grasped by VUCA – volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Digitalization, globalization and growth of networking...

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Mental Change? Agile organizations need new »identities«

Mental Change? Agile organizations need new »identities«

On the agile triangle (methods, structure, culture), one of the most difficult aspect remains that of cultural change; that is neither new nor surprising. What we call culture is a combination of many factors that cannot be grasped by causal thought and are therefore...

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Agile organizations and their growing pains

Agile organizations and their growing pains

The group was silent. They stayed silent, even as the inviting manger tried to send an optimistic and constructive message. Questions were ignored or answered with vague and irrelevant responses. Although the conversation livened up a little in smaller groups, it...

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Five Stars

Five Stars

Together with the following endorsement of one of our trainings we were asked, what is the difference between a good leadership-training and a five-star training? The answer is relatively simply – don't elaborate on one of the uncountable leadership theories but give...

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Agile Teams & Collaboration/Conflicts

Agile Teams & Collaboration/Conflicts

Does »Agility« and »Controlling« fit together? On the ICV ControllingBlog Hans-Peter Sander, Head of the ICV Team PR/New Media, tells about his Agile Culture Coach training that he completed in five modules in 2017 at SYNNECTA. Today: »Agile Teams and Collaboration«...

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Agility needs Diversity

Agility needs Diversity

Agility is the answer enterprises have found to a changed world and to a changed context of doing business. Society, markets and the competitive landscape have changed to possess a greater degree of contingency - in the phrasing of companies today, this is known as...

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Agile Methods and Scrum

Agile Methods and Scrum

Does »Agility« and »Controlling« fit together? The big Munich »Controller Congress« had the title »Agile Controlling in the digital reality – managing upheavals successfully?«. I received a fantastic offer: Deep immersion into the subject during a professional...

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