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  • Behavioural DNA of Creativity Part 2

    The Organizational Zoo character cards were used to assess the which metaphorical “animals” (representing behaviours) supported or detracted from a creative environment at Creative Bangkok.  This activity was repeated at the HEC Creativity Summer School in Montreal in June 2015.  The Montreal group was larger (about 70 people broken up into 18 groups) and of a more mixed cultural background. Despite this there were strong similarities in the outputs of the activity. For example the strongest characters supporting a creative environment in both occasions were: Owl, Quercus, Eagle, Whale, Bee and Mouse. In Bangkok Eagle was selected as positive by 100% of the groups and all but one of the groups in Montreal selected it as positive, but this divergent group went for the entirely opposite category of not tolerated. Their logic was around the Eagle having strong vision of “their path” and this would overly influence others opinions, thereby diminishing idea generation.

    There was strong agreement on which animals were selected in the middle territories (more then 50% of groups selecting them as desired or tolerated) between Bangkok …



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.