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Change and the orb webs
Change and the orb webs
Change and the orb webs
Change and the orb webs
Change and the orb webs
Change and the orb webs
Change and the orb webs
Change and the orb webs
Change and the orb webs
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  • 1. Change and the Orb Webs
  • 2. Planning like a spider
    The small creature, the spider, creates a work of art using a fine thread
    This thread is like silk, yet feels strong like wire when you walk into it
    You can sense the fear of a small fly as you attempt to remove the web that seems to cling for ever, trapping you
    The spider has planned this change in circumstances
    It has waited patiently for the change
    It has built a strong tool for change
    What we can learn from the spider is diligence in preparing a solid foundation for the change
    Well lets look at how the web is built
  • 3. Building a spider’s web
    Most spiders spin webs wherever they live
    Orb webs are spun by garden spiders
    Like all other webs, orb webs are made of fine silk thread
    The thread comes from tiny openings in the spider’s body and trails out behind the spider as the web is built
    Orb webs are circular in shape and take about an hour to build
    The spider begins by making a four sided frame, stretching between two objects, such as gateposts or trees
    The spider then adds two diagonal lines from corner to corner to make the frame stronger
    Next, threads are built from the centre to the sides, almost like the spokes of a wheel.
  • 4. Building a spider’s web
    The centre of the web is now very strong
    The spider spins a spiral from the centre of the web out to the edges
    Finally, the spider works back on the spiral toward the centre, using stick silk so insects can be caught
    Orb webs are very strong and so can resist strong winds and objects, even large objects like humans accidently walking into them!
  • 5. The Orb Web
  • 6. The Change Web
    In change we think like the spider
    We choose a good place to start…that’s anywhere where we can anchor our position from a point of strength
    We build a frame work, an idea of the landscape in which we will work, the scope of our territory
    We strengthen our framework by undertaking supporting actions for the change..the spider builds diagonal lines
    The spokes of the web are then built and as change agents we reach out to the people effected by change and communicate an awareness of what will be happening
    Just like the spider we begin from the centre, the heart, and build desire for the change one person at a time
    As the web builds it draws you in and a desire for more knowledge grows
    The vision for a better situation is compelling as we weave our change version of the spider’s stick silk…our idea’s and vision are sticking!
  • 7. The Change Web
    Because of the foundational work that we have implemented our change is strong, like the spider’s web
    We can learn much from nature because the very essence of nature is change. Change is necessary to survive as we move from season to season… from financial year to financial year
    Nature just is and does not complain. It just does what it does.
    If I pull down the spider’s web, the spider builds another and then another and so on and so forth.
    The spider doesn’t stand high on back legs, hands on hips, pointing at me and bitching and whining at me…it just does what spiders do…build another web!
    Change Management is not a one size fits all solution…although there is a process that can be followed. Starting with a strong foundation is important
    Talking with people and building a strong web is critical…otherwise you won’t catch a fly!
  • 8. How do you think what you are doing in Change Management is like the Orb Spider’s web?
    How strong is your foundation?
    How are you making people stick with the change?
    Are you building a web?
    Are you on the fringes of the web or in the centre?
    Where do you think you should be?
    If someone knocks down your web, how do you react?
    What else in nature can help you implement change?
    What can you do today that will improve tomorrow?
    A Call To Action!
  • 9.
    change is the art of improvement