This tool is not a traditional organizational climate survey but a dynamic real-time diagnosis of a group's current thinking around change, the need for change and change readiness. Experienced problems and needs are identified and become the basis for group and organizational dialog and the creation of specific action plans. The tool can be used to measure the climate for change, create a common language within your organization and identify key issues and as part of a 'Real Time Strategic Change' intervention since all those affected are involved in the process.
The Lean Management Barometer is not simply a tool designed to support the implementation of lean manufacturing or production systems. Instead it is a dynamic real-time diagnosis of how people experience lean thinking and behaviour in any organization as well as their thinking around change and the need for change. The barometer can be used across a range of sectors; including manufacturing, government, healthcare, banking and education.
This tool helps any group of people working together to learn more about themselves and how they behave in groups. The tool combines the Organization Barometer with Wilfred Bion's theory of groups and group process. Bion observed that groups tended to demonstrate two distinct forms of behaviour; workgroup behaviours where the group collaborates constructively to achieve team goals and 'as if’ behaviours where the group is concerned with basic emotional needs or 'assumptions’. Bion specifically identified three 'as if' behaviours - dependency, fight-flight and pairing - that a group may adopt which can interfere with the task the group is attempting to accomplish.
Personal Dialectics with the Outsider Scale
The Outsider Scale was the very first diagnostic tool that Swedish psychologist, Claes Janssen developed as part of his groundbreaking research on individual and collective self-censorship and defense mechanisms in the 60s and early 70s with the Swedish Film Institute. The research showed that there are two very distinct perspectives or views of reality and that people on either end of the spectrum have either a willingness or unwillingness to censor reality. The Outsider Scale captures the individual’s experience of reality and their willingness or unwillingness to censor reality for the sake of belonging.
Life Contentment Index
Many people who start to explore their own Four Rooms of Change recognize that of all of the four states of mind it is often achieving contentment that remains their greatest challenge. High achievers, in particular, can spend extended periods of time in renewal and inspiration and ultimately suffer from burnout. While the Outsider Scale was designed by Claes Janssen to capture how we as individuals tend to adjust to society, the Life Contentment Index can be said to capture how we tend to adjust to life itself.