Sustainability through Linking Language and Action
To sustain change we need a language to inhabit that change. New language – words and metaphors – opens up new possibilities for action. People acting in concert with one another always have common understandings arising in language to point the way.
Here are three actions we take to sustain organization learning and change.
Creating “Root Metaphors” – anchoring metaphors that open new ways of thinking and acting.
Consciously identifying and highlighting language-in-use within communities of practice, and questioning its suitability to desired practices.
Embedding new patterns of behavior (habits) through individual focused attention.