Apr 23, 2018
Episode #8: Sheepdogs And Organizational Development
“Sheep dogs have a sense of personal responsibility to protect the herd by leading the sheep to safety and away from the wolves that want to feed off of them.” Phil Johnson
Organizational development begins with individual development. To change the culture within an organization a critical mass of sheepdogs is required. These are the individuals who have developed the authenticity and emotional intelligence needed to lead the sheep to safety and when necessary, battle the wolves. Critical mass usually occurs when approximately 20% of the organization have become sheep dogs.
Sheep dogs inspire the “sheep” to begin moving out of their comfort zone in the direction of the change initiative. As the number of sheep dogs within the organization continues to grow it becomes less risky for the sheep to follow their leadership. Sheep can often represent as much as 80% or more of the organization.
Unfortunately, there are always wolves in every organization. Wolves have the most difficulty embracing change. They sabot any attempt to reduce the number of sheep within their feeding ground. Wolves are cunning hunters that seek to capture, control and feed off of the sheep. By identifying and training sheepdogs to protect the sheep the wolves are forced to leave the herd in search of easier, more chaotic feeding grounds.
Business executives need to become sheepdogs. Organizational change requires the feeling of safety. Sheepdogs have your back. They would never sacrifice your safety for their own personal benefit. When your organization’s sheep feel safe so will the people they serve. This is how highly effective organizations are created.
Our special guest today is Ram Saridena (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rammohan-saridena-b41770a). Ram is a SAP team member of IT Enterprise Application Department at Hitachi High Technologies America. He is responsible for the finance and controlling modules.
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