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Activating the Corporate Soul

  • Ruediger Fox
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Abstract

Having transitioned from a locally confined endeavor to a complex nonlinear dynamic system, our global economic environment increasingly requires organizations to constantly transform. But more and more often traditional change projects fall short of expectations as huge amounts of energy are burned in fighting internal resistance or employees’ disconnect in the process. Transforming companies from inside instead of enforcing change from outside can lead to a much more lasting impact but requires a new evolutionary level of leadership that transcends our traditional mental models of management.

Soul-driven Leadership is able to activate the core elements of the Corporate Soul through an inclusive process, setting free the necessary self-stimulating inner drive for integral change to happen. It helps a collaborative culture to emerge and aligns the organization towards a common purpose, making transformation “exothermic” and sustainable. Through a process of “Merging the Souls,” it can even ensure that in acquisitions and merger processes, relationships are rapidly rebuilt “below the waterline” so that a new organization can instantly pick up momentum.

Keywords

Acquisition Agile Autonomy Corporate soul Merger Merging the souls Organizational transformation Soul-driven leadership Trust Values 

Notes

Acknowledgment

“Building a vision of Hope” and “Soul Driven Leadership” are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution­NoDerivatives 4.0 International License by Refresh Interactions B.V. (soul.com). Based on work at www.findingthesoul.org and www.soul.com

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Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.GCH-Institute (Hamburg/Zell am Moos)Zell am MoosAustria

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