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Transforming Organisations: from student to board

This project considers how our Higher Education Institutions can bring about authentic strategic and cultural change.

This project explored transforming organisations from the perspective of different stakeholder groups, and consider how our HEI’s can bring about authentic strategic and cultural change.

While we know that HE institutions are in different places strategically, the most common feedback we hear at the moment is the need to review, stress test or re-evaluate the strategy in the light of the disruption caused by the pandemic. Although on the whole HE leaders feel that their purpose remains extant, how the strategy is delivered might need to look and feel very different as the landscape continues to change. Engaging all stakeholders in visioning and owning the transformation required, and making them feel aligned with shared values, aids the holistic realisation of change and delivery of the strategy.

An Advance HE member benefit

The project is an Advance HE member benefit and is open to colleagues at Advance HE member institutions. 

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We will be considering three key ingredients in transforming organisations:

  • Co-creation, clarity and shared understanding of the vision
  • Authentic conversations and two-way communication, recognising the centrality of dialogue to support transformation, and
  • Joined up, inclusive and collaborative implementation in which everyone involved feels a part of and takes responsibility for making happen.

Transformative Conversations

We know that at challenging times emotions are heightened and conversations can become fractious. However, transforming conversations has been an ongoing theme in our culture reviews and leadership development at Advance HE. Having transformative conversations requires personal self-awareness and the ability to create authentic two way conversations and communication.  

At a system level, changing the narrative across HE is something that Advance HE has been consistently working on for some time as part of our Integrated Thinking and Reporting initative.

“Every good conversation starts with listening” – how conversations can support organisational transformation

Colleagues at Advance HE share insights, experiences and tips to frame and hold transformative conversations.

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Holding up a mirror on Transforming organisations from student to board – Media Guide

We created a report that reflects on the visioning activity, insights and some examples and tips to bring it to life. This will be a resource to help take forward transformation in your own organisation.

Download the report
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