Trying to Achieve Forward Movement with your Company?

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Tuesday Ryan-Hart, Systems Change Strategy

Tuesday (she/her) leads large-scale systems to change with a deep understanding and practice of how equity, when put at the center of new movements, frees the path to better ideas that work. She helps diverse organizations and communities with shared interests reframe commonly-held assumptions and persistent issues.

Tim Merry, Systems Change Strategy

As an engagement specialist and systems change facilitator, Tim (he/him) helps businesses, government agencies, local communities, and regional collaboratives create the conditions for people to organize together and solve their own problems.

It’s common practice to bring in outside help when a business is stuck with a big problem. After all, it’s one matter to identify that an issue exists, and it’s another to address it. Feeling stuck can be demoralizing for workplace culture and organizational success. So what is the answer?

Using experts to provide training and advice specific to an issue can help organizations strategize to get unstuck. However, the trick is to make lessons resonate and have changes stick after the experts leave. Instead of getting caught in an endless cycle of action and feeling frustrated, engaging in Shared Work can result in forwarding movement.

Too often, when a company culture or process faces change, short-term, unsustainable solutions are implemented, resulting in the same issues recurring down the road. Lasting, systemic change can best be achieved by engaging teams to tackle the real-world issues they face every day in a safe environment that fosters communication and learning.

The Outside takes a holistic approach to help facilitate change; it involves immersing participants in solving their toughest challenges, allowing them to work past surface-level problems and address underlying issues.

Years of experience in developing this unique approach have shown that it results in real change.

Tim Merry and Tuesday Ryan-Hart, founders of The Outside, have relied on the technique of Shared Work to help the changes they implement take root in organizations. Shared Work is the idea that by putting work at the center of what you do, businesses and organizations can overcome challenges and make a concrete difference. When faced with a real-life challenge in the workplace, people are forced to collaborate and put their differences aside to overcome it. This benefits them on both an operational and personal level and focuses attention on a task, not participants’ potential differences.

To achieve organizational change, through Shared Work, it is imperative that companies follow a regimen of openness, honesty, and commitment to working across all levels of the organization in order to achieve their goals.

If an organization is too top-down focused it can miss what’s going on and shut off ideas from employees who face the core issues on a daily basis. By engaging participants at many levels in open and productive dialogue and activity, businesses can see their challenges with renewed clarity and address them with fresh insight.

Once the full scope of the problems within an organization is visible, participants can develop a plan of action – their Shared Work – that addresses the identified problems and acts as a roadmap to resolving them. Without a defined plan to follow through with actionable Shared Work, many organizations will struggle to achieve meaningful change.

The Outside’s revolutionary take on collaboration by immersing people in their Shared Work is causing a stir with organizations of all sizes in Canada, the US, and across the globe.

Tim, Tuesday, and their globally diverse team excel at creating meaningful change in challenging situations and have created a reliable, revolutionary methodology to accomplish it.

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