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  • Start with Why

    You often hear people say they need to know all about an idea before they can decide to engage with it or not.
    A common approach is “the five W’s” to determine If and How…
    “Who, What, Where, When, Why and How” may be generically useful, but the order is far more important than many utters of this throw-away line realise.
    What, Where, When, and How are sub-servant to Who, which is completely determined by Why we need to act.

    If we start with WHY, we understand the desired outcomes.  In a well considered “Conversation that Matters” reflecting on WHY first defines the intangible and tangible REASONS for acting.  Reflecting on WHY we explore the value that comes from the decision and actions and we consider the relative priority of how we invest our time to deliver the most important outcomes. Without pausing to discuss relative priorities, we can quickly sink into the mire of “just doing” because we are focused on being seen to be active (an unfortunate approach to perception management in modern organisations… as …



About The Organizational Zoo

This well researched and developed set of metaphors will enable you and your organisation to enhance performance and reduce stress. Each animal or plant represents an intuitively recognisable behavioural style commonly encountered in organisations and social settings. By developing an understanding of the animals and how they interact, you will learn to interact in a way that secures the optimal outcomes for all parties.

Zoo Philosophy highlights that modern organisations are like zoos: they are unnatural environments where animals not naturally associated with each other are clustered into small cages and forced to interact, sometimes against their will. This unnatural environment causes stress that can lead to difficult situations and generate a negative and political culture.

The Organizational Zoo metaphor can relieve these stresses by providing a different perspective and a fun way to build relationships and generate positive change. Years of research and practice on these natural (animal and plant) metaphors, has shown that they can be used to enhance the performance of individuals, teams and organisations. The methods are simple and intuitive for workshop participants when delivered by a trained Organizational Zoo Ambassador.

NOTE: OZAN (Organizational Zoo Ambassadors Network) members have been trained to engage people with the OZAN methods for successful outcomes. Although it is possible for experienced facilitators not previously exposed to OZAN methods to use them (providing they create an ethical and “fail-safe” environment), we strongly recommend liaising with and accredited OZAN Ambassador before attempting any interventions. As with any developmental tool, it is critical they be used in an ethical and constructive manner where behaviours are discussed not individual people.