This is an engaging and highly readable book which guides facilitators of organisational change through the process of creating a shared vision of an organisation’s future activities, improvement strategy or plan for growth. The emphasis is on creating a truly shared vision in which all participants are involved and want to take forward.
Whilst it is not necessary for readers to have any prior knowledge of the field of creativity development, it is interesting for those who do to see how the authors have successfully combined a number of different approaches including deliberate creative problem solving, visioning and insight learning.
The way in which the authors take the reader through the process of facilitating the development of a genuinely shared vision is both powerful and effective. They offer step by step guidance and detailed exercises for the facilitator to use which increase the probability of successful outcomes. That this process works is evidenced by a series of brief real-life examples from the work they have carried out with a variety of organisations.
In sum, this is an easy to read, no-nonsense, practical book which should be in every facilitator’s and manager’s toolkit.
Marjorie Parker MSc is an organisational consultant with a 30-year track record in the field of creativity development. She has consulted with senior management in Norway’s leading corporations, healthcare institutions and government agencies and was a founding partner of the Norwegian Center for Leadership Development. She holds a national scholarship from the Norwegian Council for Leadership Development and has undertaken work in this field for the Norwegian Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. Marjorie’s publications include ‘Creating Shared Vision: The Story of a Pioneering Approach to Organizational Revitalization’, published in the United States, Poland, Norway and Saudi Arabia. Today her main focus is on mentoring organisational consultants in enabling their clients to develop more creative mindsets.
Anna Pool is President of Executive Savvy – a consulting firm headquartered in Durango, Colorado. As a business consultant and strategic thinker, she has facilitated leadership and organisational development across a broad range of industries and clients such as Michelin, Shell, Verizon, Citi, Bayer, Nike, Raytheon and Ford, as well as government agencies. She is a master-level certified coach with the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches and is former Director of Organizational Consulting for Lore International Institute. Amongst her other achievements, she holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from the Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara, California and is author of the Bronze Telly Award-winning video series, ‘Effective People Skills’.