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Organizational Diagnosis

Are the people in your organization or team

  • Struggling with what feel like a bunch of old dynamics or problems that just won't go away?

  • Expressing very different views, experiences, or ideas about what "the problems" are or how to solve them?

  • Feeling frustrated and stuck?

Organizational diagnosis is the best approach I know for dealing with these dynamics.

am Kaner's Stages of the Assessment - Launch Mtg, Interviews, Data Analysis, Preview Mtg, Feedback mtg, Next Steps Planning Mtg
Image of Sam Kaner's Stages of the Assessment - Launch Mtg, Interviews, Data Analysis, Preview Mtg, Feedback mtg, Next Steps Planning Mtg

Organizational Diagnosis is an intensive, highly-structured approach developed by Sam Kaner at Community at Work focused on fostering intentional change in teams and organizations. It is intended to:

  • Increase the team's self awareness -- that is, to support the whole team in seeing, and understanding from multiple perspectives, the patterns, assumptions and other dynamics that are creating challenges for them as a group, as well as any externally generated dynamics that they might need to address.

  • Identify changes the team wants to foster, and strategies for creating that change.

  • Commit to specific actions needed to implement the first round of changes identified.

  • Provide support for those actions.

  • In the process, strengthen relationships between team members, and the group's capacity to make useful, effective, changes together.

"MDC Research had the pleasure of working with Tasha to help unpack corporate legacy issues that have held us back, and to create a strategic direction moving forward. Tasha is super engaged, brings valuable insights, and pushes us to think differently when needed. We greatly appreciate Tasha’s super powers, and have kept her on retainer to help us with future strategic, and tactical, initiatives."


~ Dima Sokolov, President

What Then?

 

When you've completed the process, you can move ahead to make changes, using an interative process. If you decide you need additional support to do some of that work, I can provide additional facilitation, as well as coaching, training, and other organizational development support. (See the related sections under "With  Organizations" in the menu.)

Two iterative process graphics. 1. "Forward the Action" with arrow to Deepen the Learning," with arrow back to the first, and "Stand in Curiosity" in the middle. 2. Series of arrows with dipped lines, moving through "Assessment," "1st Action," and "2nd Action" with "Evaluation and plan next action above each.

Two iterative process graphics. 1. "Forward the Action" with arrow to Deepen the Learning," with arrow back to the first, and "Stand in Curiosity" in the middle. 2. Series of arrows with dipped lines, moving through "Assessment," "1st Action," and "2nd Action" with "Evaluation and plan next action above each.

If you are curious about how this process might work in your group please reach out. I am happy to talk with you about what this could look like, and what other approaches we could use if this doesn't feel like the right fit. You can use the form below to contact me, or call me at 503-788-2333.

About Me: I completed the five-day Community At Work training on Organizational Diagnosis with Sam Kaner in 2014. You'll find more on my background and training under About.

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