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Naud van der Ven
happens when change managers in their urge to
change get entangled in their own rationality? The
The Shame of Reason in Organizational Change
by Naud van der Ven (English translation by David Bevan, published by Springer 2011) treats this question. The book now gets its supplement in the form of workshops.
thesis is that the belief in one’s own
change plans can cause a kind of blindness
that wrecks many change efforts. But quite
often managers become aware of that
blindness. For example when they are being
confronted with the resistance or the grief
of those who are subjected to their plans
and thereby fall victim to that blindness.
Such a theory asks for closer scrutiny on the basis of personal experiences. If those confrontations are so crucial and fertile indeed, what do they look like? That’s the question treated in the workshop Thinking for someone else which is presented on demand by Naud van der Ven.