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Your Organization Prepared to
Cross the Desert of Change?
like a desert. It is vast, it can seem endless and it is
easy to get lost.
Sands is a multimedia simulation of an actual expedition
across the Sahara Desert. This engaging experience was
developed in partnership with Steve Donahue, one of North
America's leading change management authorities. It is
based on Steve's real life odyssey across the Sahara, the
world's largest and most treacherous desert.
presents your organization with a powerful template for
crossing any desert of change. With this shared metaphor
as part of your corporate culture, employees will be
better prepared to help each other seize opportunities
while moving efficiently through any transition. This is
a modular program consisting of seven optional learning
modules that can be inserted into the four core story
modules. This story could unfold over time by applying
the learning from a session, then coming back for
Trainings approach draws from organizational
development, leadership training and experiential
learning to help individuals, teams, and organizations
maximize their performance during times of change. Our
team is passionate about delivering the highest quality
of facilitation, consulting and customer service. Our
presentation of Shifting Sands is a powerful and
transformative tool for any organization experiencing
- Organization Renewal
and Executive Development
- Defining processes to
transport the organization
- Finding balance
- Saying good-bye to
- Ensuring you keep
moving without getting stuck
- Recognizing the
importance or rest, rejuvenation, reconnecting
- Finding new ways to
- Examining the
appropriate speed to move through change
- Examining the
adaptability of the team
- Drawing opportunity
- Identifying the
benchmarks that indicate completion
The simulation parallels Steve
Donahues attempted crossing of the Sahara Desert.
Participants apply the highly effective parallels of
desert travel to the issues, challenges, emotions, and
strengths of themselves and their organization.
Shifting Sands is
available in half- and full-day versions depending on the
issues present in the organization. With guidance from
our experienced consultants, you will choose which of the
following eleven modules will bring the maximum
awareness, discussion, and action to your group.
of the Eleven Modules
1. Choose Your Vehicle
What processes will your organization use to transport
itself across that desert of change?
Define what processes or systems are needed to get the
company to the other side of the desert.
This explores the WHAT of the change process.
2. Choose Your Purpose
Is there alignment between the individual's, team's and
organization's reasons for crossing the desert of change?
Challenges teams and individuals within organizations to
find both personal and shared alignment - by defining
"what's in it for me."
This answers the WHY.
3. Load Your Vehicle
Do organizations come out stronger on the bottom line but
use people up in the process?
Finding the right balance while going through
organizational change. Addresses HOW to go through the
4. Saying Goodbye
What must the organization say goodbye to as it moves
into the desert of change and what rituals will help mark
these good-byes? Acknowledging aspects of the "old
ways" that will be missed by defining not only:
What must we say goodbye to? but also How will we say our
5. Keep Moving
What can be done to create emotional movement, when
people become emotionally stuck?
Experiencing organizational change on a personal level
often requires moving
through a range of emotional states rather than becoming
stuck in one state.
6. Stop at the Oases
Oasis I - Rest and Rejuvenation: Are we trying to cross
the desert without stopping at the oases?
Oasis II - Reflection and Change: Do we stop to reflect
on how we are working together and whether our purpose is
guiding our actions?
Oasis III - Reconnect and Deepen: Are we taking the time
to build relationships on a personal level?
7. Travel Light
What must be unloaded to move more quickly through the
remainder of the crossing? The methods, systems,
attitudes or actions that have carried a company part way
through a journey can become excessive weight in new
8. Becoming Nomadic
What does it take for our organization to become more
Adaptability and ease of alliance with diverse tribes and
people characterize the nomadic people of the Sahara.
How can we move quickly into new territory by forming
alliances? How do we attract nomads and retain their
9. Moving at the Right Speed
How does the organization know when to move quickly,
slowly and even when to back-up as change is implemented?
Address the issue of the disparity of how the people in
the organization, and the organization itself, will move
through change at different speeds.
10. Opportunity and Crisis
How can organizations help employees see the opportunity
in change rather than focusing on the crisis? Brainstorm
to uncover the opportunities in a crisis.
11. Hot Shower
How will organizations know when they are getting through
Establishing milestones, signs or symbols that will
indicate "We've crossed it!"
and Group Size
Shifting Sands is
available to teams of all sizes in half-day, full-day and
two-day formats, depending on group needs and depth of
change management sought.
The Shifting Sands experience
provided a wonderful vehicle for initiating change by
opening up a dialogue that helped us understand, confront
and facilitate our change process.
Steve Hicks, Kenan-Flagler Business School
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
Triangle Training Center • 1654 Hamlet Chapel Rd • Pittsboro, NC 27312
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