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Workshop / Business Game

John Oliver, with partner consultants from offer an experiential workshop on the development and maintenance of autonomous team /democratic / agile organisation cultures.

Currently available in French; and based on the two steps of:
1Inspire: A tour of the stories and practices of the Case Study companies
2. Enquire: Inviting, hosting, framing a collective enquiry process in the company:


A tour of the stories and the practices of the Case Study companies


What's the problem - the REAL problem?

A great example from the film Moneyball of how the enquiry process can shift radically when framing the question in a new way:

YouTube Video


A fable on collective inspiration

(Used at Bang and Olufsen, quoted from "Flexible Firm" by Jakob Krause-Jensen)

Instilling hopes; a millennial parable

This story is about a monastic order going through hard times. Because of a growing secularisation and strife with neighbouring groups, the order had shrunk, the thick walls showed deep cracks, the herb garden was neglected, and only five monks remained in the old monastery: the Abbot John and four remaining monks who were all over 70.

In the forest in the vicinity of the monetary there was a stone cabin, which was used sometimes by a rabbi from the town not far from the monastery, when he wanted peace and solitude. Through a long life in spirituality, the monks had developed an intuition that told them when people from the village came to the monastery. Their intuition also told them with certainty when the rabbi was inhabiting his stone refuge. Once, the idea occurred to the Abbot to visit the rabbi, this representative of an alien religious community; so one day when the monks had a clear premonition that the rabbi was in his cabin, the Abbot crossed the drawbridge and went into the forest to see the rabbi.

The rabbi welcomed the Abbot, but when the Abbot explained the purpose of his visit, the rabbi could only share his worries: “I know how it is,” said the rabbi, “the spirit has left people, the same thing has happened in the village. Nobody visits the synagogue any more.”

The old Abbot and the rabbi fell silent and lapsed into a sombre mood, and after a while they started to discuss theological issues, and the time came for the Abbot to take his leave. They embraced each other: “It has been very nice to meet you after all these years,” said the Abbot. “But the purpose of my visit has not been accomplished. Is there no advice you can give me?”-“No, I am sorry,” said the rabbi, “I have no advice to offer - but I don’t quite understand why you worry so much, because one of you is the Messiah.”

Towards evening when the Abbot returned, the monks gathered around him to hear what the rabbi had said: “he couldn’t help us,” said the Abbot, “we just had a nice long talk, but come to think of it-when I was about to leave, he said something odd: he said that we should keep in mind that one of us is the Messiah.” The Friars wondered: who could it be? Was it John, the Abbot who had been living in the monastery for more than 15 years? Was it Phillip with the profound understanding of the Scriptures? Was it Peter who looked after the herbarium? Or, no... It couldn’t be me?!”

The old monks started to treat each other with extraordinary respect in the unlikely event that one of them turned out to be Messiah. And they started to treat themselves respectfully. The herb garden and the small part that surrounded the monastery were carefully cultivated, and it became an attractive picnic spot the people from the surrounding villages. Soon people from the area started bringing their friends and relatives to show them the monastery and let them experience the special intensity and atmosphere that characterised the place. Often the young men who came with their families talked to the Friars. Some of these young men became so attracted to the life of the monks that eventually they became novices. In this way, in the course of a few years, the monastery was once again the beautiful setting for a religious order fall of vitality.