From DfDM, the Department for Dodgy Mnemonics, two for the same day, April 18th, 2017.
Mnemonic 1: DUL
Don’t blame Schein for the awful nmemonic, but do thank him for the process:
- Discomfirmation: coming to the (perhaps difficult) realisation that past assumptions, values, or solutions either don’t hold, cause as many problems as they solve, or must make way for else
- Unlearning (or unfreezing): working through the implications of that realisation, and becoming open to alternatives
- Learning: working with a new set of assumptions, values, and solutions
Source: Organizational Culture and Leadership, Edgar H. Schein. I can vouch for the audiobook also.
Mnemonic 2: POWT
I haven’t used the mnemonic in the new book, but there is a repeated pattern:
- Prompts (or prioritised goals): Prioritising assessment prompts (or similar descriptions of how we would like things to be) because we realise that they represent – in a positive way – something that isn’t working as it should. See also DUL.
- Obstacles: Things stopping those prompt from being realised as we would like. See also DUL.
- What would you like to have happen?: Identify outcomes hiding behind those obstacles.
- Then what happens?: More outcomes – the outcomes behind the outcomes.
Worst case, you get to discover what’s beyond your most immediate outcomes. Better (and quite likely) case: you agree on outcomes more interesting and achievable than the ones you started with.
- Grab the preview intro and first chapter of the forthcoming Agendashift book
- Contribute to the conversation in Slack and LinkedIn