In this article I’m proud to present a new product for teambuilding and innovation: ‘An Aikido Theory for U, navigating big changes together’
Resistance to change is a fundamental organizational problem as all organisations have a degree of general inertia.
I think a big part of the answer lies in people in organisation learning to look at their beliefs, attitudes and values, and most of all their own resistances showing up in the choppy waters of current times. As opposed to the past, organisations – and therefore their people – can no longer depend on what they do today to be successful tomorrow.

Consider the role of habit and triggers

Many organisations act as inhibitors of innovation, without realising it. We are conditioned into ‘same as ever‘ responses by many things in the world of work
The problem is that habitual responses are not agile ones. One problem presents one solution, whilst an agile approach would ask for stopping first, sense and consider, then choose the most suitable action. A major risk in change processes is regressing into old habits.

How to get past organisational resistance?

For more than a year Aikido@Work and Aikido in Company have joined forces to develop a new series of workshops for teams to boost their innovation capacity.
We connected the best management philosophy for organisational development, the Theory U of Otto Scharmer, with the best martial art for getting beyond habitual responses and allowing creative response, Aikido.

Boosting your innovation capacity: the key enabler, embodying the change together

Experience is the domain of the body, not of the brain. Our somatic approach allows you and your team to not only gain insight through the theory, but most importantly, experience the principles of innovation together.
Are you ready for the next step for team agility and innovation? Get in touch.

Anita PaalvastAnita Paalvast is an international trainer, coach and consultant in change processes. She supports executives and teams in increasing their effectiveness in communication, leadership and cooperation.
She is passionate about letting people discover and develop their hidden capacities by applying embodied thinking, a rapidly growing dimension in behaviour and culture change.