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Speaker Series: What do you mean Change? Unleashing collective learning with the Change Canvas

  • April 11, 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Grant Thornton Metro-DC Office. 1000 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1400 Arlington, VA 22209



Join us for the April edition of the ACMP DC speaker series:

What do you mean Change?

Unleashing collective learning with the Change Canvas, a shared language of analysis and action planning for your change initiative

presented by Adriano Pianesi

In your current work for change, do you struggle to communicate the big picture so that people understand how all the puzzle pieces fit together? When you engage with others in your work for change, are you unable to encourage others to really contribute to your vision? Do you spend more time developing/debating ideas rather than testing them in the real world?

The Change Canvas is a visual framework that frames strategic conversations about change with large groups. It turns the complexity of organizational change into the simplicity of a visual, step-by-step process of filling in 10 boxes.

The Change Canvas was created to address the issues above by drawing on the author’s consulting work in change initiatives, graduate teaching on change management at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, and lived experiences leading organizational change as a manager. Inspired by design thinking and powered by the practical wisdom and insights on change from the Adaptive Leadership framework, the Change Canvas embodies the stances of radical inclusion, large group methods, and the ongoing experiential learning of action research.

As a practical tool for change-makers, the Change Canvas facilitates sense-making for organizational change, learning, and innovation and can help in a variety of change initiatives. Join us in a fast-paced, hands-on session to learn:

  • How to deconstruct your organization change in to 10 key components
  • How to validate and de-risk you change analysis/strategy for consistency to avoid wasting time on efforts that are doomed to fail
  • How to focus your change strategy meetings and avoid misunderstandings by building psychological ownership that mobilizes a variety of stakeholders and enrolls them in your work. 
  • How to institutionalize a Change Canvas Huddle, an ongoing learning process that invites people to both find holes in and enrich your analysis/strategy for change.

Participants will receive two sample Change Canvases from “Jack” and “Lisa” (fictional names of real clients) to experience how the model increases success by forcing change-makers to:

  • Put in writing assumptions about how change will play out, simplifying the critical work of developing, sharing, and testing plans
  • Stay focused on both analysis AND action in their change initiatives, to avoid turning their work for change into a faith-based journey driven by righteousness;
  • Uphold a strong vision while keeping at the center facts, observed behaviors, or actual events—not just conviction in the quality of the initial thinking
  • Stress-test ideas about change before implementation to minimize personal and organizational risk, increase chances of success, and protect reputations.

For more information ahead of the session, check the website www.mychangecanvas.com

Adriano Pianesi is a passionate innovator, facilitator and design thinker with experience in a variety of settings ranging from technology, education, health care, non-profit, and international organizations. He holds an MBA from the University of Milan and certificates in design thinking from a variety of institutions, including, IDEO and LUMA Institute. He consults and teach about organizational change both in the US and abroad, and he is currently on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, where he teaches graduate students and executive education courses like "Designing Personal Change", "Leading Organizational Change” and “Leadership in Action”. His course “Experiential Design in the Class" is an award winner hands-on experiential practicum for trainers. 

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