Presented at the Transformation Leadership Event September 26th, 2012
TELUS Spark Science Centre, Calgary, Alberta.
Dr. Linda Miller of iMind Transformation talks about transformational leadership and the shifts in thinking required to successfully transform business.
Here are a set of slides that describe the metaphors posed by Gareth Morgan in 2006 in his book Images of Organisation to describe in more visual terms the types of organizations (culture, value system, and structure).
Open Slide DeckSlide Deck on Organization Metaphors - Morgan 2006
The central thesis of this book is that all theories of organisation and management are based on implicit metaphor, and that metaphors play a paradoxical role: they are vital to understanding and highlighting certain aspects of organisations, while at the same time they restrict understanding by backgrounding or ignoring others.
Around 500 BC the Greek philosopher Heraclitus noted that, you can not step into the same river , for other waters are continually flowing on.” ” Everything flows and nothing abides; everything gives way and nothing stays fixed…cool things become warm, the warm grows cool; the moist dries, the parched becomes moist….It is in changing that things find repose.
Gareth Morgan proposed 8 ‘metaphors’ to characterise the current state of organizations in 2006. Some speculation exists as to whether organizations evolve from one metaphor to another. The article at this link defines the Flux and Transformation metaphor clearly.