With so much talk about “transformation” coming out of Washington DC, it begs the question, “How do you accomplish transformation? Simply by passing new legislation?” Our belief is that organizational transformation happens when the conversations central to the success of an organization are transformed (one conversation at a time). Without that fundamental transformation, you will get the same results as status quo wins over once again.
Transformation needs to be powered by a way to actually do it, a proven way to teach and sustain the new behavior. This is where Fierce Conversations fits in perfectly because what gets talked about and how it gets talked about determines what will or won’t happen in any organization (or country, company, team, relationship, life, etc.). That was the message that I carried with me to Washington. The stakes couldn’t be higher and the timing couldn’t be more right. I met with aides at the offices of the two US Senators from Washington State to get the ball rolling. They are now helping us navigate the path to the key influencers and decision-makers in Washington DC.
Last Friday we facilitated a one-day Fierce Conversations Session at a Washington DC based association. They invited their Board of Directors as well as allowed us to invite other guests who aren’t members of their association. There ended up being 40 participants from large government agencies, Fortune 500 companies and other DC based associations. The feedback that we received from the participants was very positive – the overarching theme was:
1. Where do we sign up to Fiercify our organization?
2. How can we help spread the word in the DC area?
Mission accomplished! The first wave of the DC push has been made. We plan to be in Washington DC several times over the next few months as we expand our network and work hard to bring about a conversational/results transformation to Washington DC, as the United States moves through incredible challenges and change. Toward that end, if you know of people who we should be connecting with in Washington DC – please let us know. Also, if you want to help support us in this mission, I encourage you to contact your US Senator, Representative and also submit your suggestions directly to the White House. This mission is far too big for us to undertake alone and too important to fail.