Based on Dr. Kilmann’s four decades of organizational research, executive teaching, and extensive management consulting, the complex topics of conflict and change are intertwined through a carefully orchestrated sequence of eight tracks for quantum transformation: cultures, skills, teams, strategy-structures, reward systems… and the three process management (improvement) tracks.
As captured in this panoramic diagram, while the HUB of “The Quantum Wheel” is conflict management (illuminated by the renowned Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Model), the SPOKES of “The Quantum Wheel” are Dr. Kilmann’s eight tracks for achieving long-term organizational success and personal meaning.
The first three tracks represent the quantum infrastructure (the culture, skills, and teamwork) of a group, community, or organization. The next two tracks document the formal systems: Where are we headed (strategy)? How can we organize to get there (structure)? And what do we receive for helping out (rewards)? The last three tracks enable people to improve the quality and speed of their key processes (decisions and actions), as guided by their quantum infrastructure and formal systems.
What is the principle behind this elaborate sequence of quantum transformation? Each track establishes the foundation for achieving the full potential of each subsequent track. Indeed, learning how to make the best use of this carefully orchestrated sequence of eight tracks will give you the essential tools for effectively managing the interface of conflict and change within today’s fast-paced, interconnected, global village.
To highlight the value of seeing the big picture—as illustrated by “The Quantum Wheel”—and then transforming an outdated Newtonian organization into an adaptive quantum organization with the carefully orchestrated sequence of eight tracks, let me share with you what I learned from a three-day workshop that I conducted for the fifty senior executives of a large division of a Fortune 100 company. Before these top executives decided to proceed with quantum transformation, they wanted to explore the philosophy of a completely integrated program and thoroughly understand the particular change initiatives that were embedded in each track.
On the last day of this three-day workshop, after considerable time had already been spent on discussing why the integrated sequence of the eight tracks is fundamentally different from the prevalent cycle of ad-hoc, quick-fix approaches, the chief financial officer (CFO) of the firm raised his hand and proclaimed: “I now understand what you have done. When you get right down to it, your completely integrated program is a quick fix!”
I was shocked at this obvious lack of understanding, but I tried not to show it. Instead, I asked the CFO: “Please tell me more about what you have on your mind. I’m not sure I understand what you just said.”
The CFO proceeded to share his perspective: “Sure, I’ll be glad to explain what I mean. I’ve been working for this company for over twenty years now. I’ve seen every improvement program and change initiative come and go: quality circles, participative management, teaming, matrix management, empowerment, employee involvement, and organizational learning. You name it; we’ve done it!
“But hardly anything around here that really matters much has actually changed. Yes, we have new charts, job titles, buildings, products, people, and all kinds of fancy computers—but we still make decisions in the same old way. We still put one another down in the same old way. We still exclude certain people from key meetings because we don’t want to hear different points of view. And we continue to blacklist people if they didn’t support our pet projects.
“Yet now you’re telling us that by going through a sequence of eight tracks and doing first things first and getting it right before you go on—which includes explicitly facing our root dysfunctions at the start and gradually proceeding to change our invisible infrastructures and align our formal systems, month by month, before we try quality management and reengineering again—we can transform our organization in just a few years. Well, your program IS a quick fix compared to what we’ve been through for the past two decades!”
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