- Taschenbuch: 240 Seiten
- Verlag: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (4. April 2016)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1626567204
- ISBN-13: 978-1626567207
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“Humble Consulting is a fine blend of poetic writing and practical methodology. It is an intimate conversation about how service, in this case consulting, works in the real world. All who want a deeper understanding of the way to create relationships that produce outcomes will value this book. To simply recommend it is an understatement.”
—Peter Block, author of Flawless Consulting, The Answer to How Is Yes
“What is the most powerful force in consulting’s relational success—where you and the client move beyond the transactional to the deeper transformational? I used to think it was what our amazing OD founders Ed Schein and Warren Bennis saw as the core value of Organization Development: what they called that special “spirit of inquiry.” Now I see that it’s something far more foundational. In a word, its “humility” and Ed Schein, with this book is modelling it for all of us in the way he, the master, is yet the student, disclosing his innermost doubts and mistakes, revealing his subtle insights and brilliant successes, and up-ending almost all of our assumptions of what really matters most. This is the first book I now recommend to consultants young and old: for without humility—a stance wide-open, a state-of “not knowing” and totally vulnerable and present-- you cannot do this work. The message: make humility your greatest strength, and never lose it.”
- David L. Cooperrider, author of Appreciative Inquiry and Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
“Ed Schein takes the principles of Humble Inquiry and beautifully extends them to the consulting process in this book. He humbly and generously gives us a window into his own life and consulting process by sharing real stories from his years of consulting, including his own inner thoughts and unexpressed feelings. Every consultant should read this for insights into how we should deal with our doubts, questions, and anxieties. This is another major contribution to our work and our field from Dr. Schein.”
—Matt Minahan, Chair, Board of Trustees, OD Network
"In this book Ed Schein has looked back over his long and distinguished consulting experience and come up with an important book. Anyone who is called upon to give help or advice, be they boss, consultant, parent or friend, should start by reading this. I used it to hold up a mirror to my own experience of giving advice and resolved to modify my behavior in future, to be more humble, in the Schein way."
—Charles Handy, author of The Age of Unreason
“Chock-full of useful case examples, Humble Consulting is about establishing a relationship with the client that is collaborative, personal, and empathetic rather than prescriptive. Schein has once again contributed significantly and creatively to our field of organization change and development.”
—W. Warner Burke, PhD, E. L. Thorndike Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, and Editor, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science
“Ed Schein’s books on consulting have always been the most professionally useful things I read. And this book could once again reshape the consulting industry. It shifts the place from which effective consultants operate from the head to the heart and from the heart to the hand. Essential reading!”
—Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer, MIT, cofounder of the U.Lab and autbor of Theory U
“Ed Schein has done it again! This book is a must-read for anyone in the helping professions who wants to make meaningful progress on complex challenges. Drawing on his own experience as consultant, scholar, and author, Ed brilliantly makes the case that it is through real human connections that we have the best shot at making a difference in an increasingly interdependent world.”
—Diane Rawlins, InsideOut Consulting
“Humble Consulting pulls the curtain back on the pretense that the vast majority of consultants and consulting organizations put forward—that they have ‘the answer.’ I plan on keeping a copy in my office to hand out to consultants as they continue to show up and ask that I tell them what keeps me up at night and they respond with the solution that they uniquely have to address it.”
—James Hereford, Chief Operating Officer, Stanford Health Care
“Long a critic of OD’s overreliance on process, I’ve always admired Ed Schein’s insistence that process consultation be relevant. Now, in his new book, Humble Consulting, he shows us how. In his usual and clear style, he calls OD practitioners to account and to help in powerful and integrated ways.”
—Chris Worley, Professor and Strategy Director, NEOMA Business School Center for Leadership and Effective Organizations
“As someone who always strives to be a more effective consultant, I find Ed Schein’s reflections and insights hugely reassuring. In Humble Consulting, with great care and sensitivity, Ed Schein shares years of wisdom and encourages his readers to reflect on and experiment with their own practice. I believe anyone working in a helping role will benefit from reading this wonderful book.”
—Philip Mix, organization development consultant and member of the NTL Institute
“In Humble Consulting, master consultant Edgar Schein shows us how to escape the limitations of a traditional consulting practice to vastly improve both the impact and the meaning of our work. This book is at once brilliant and incredibly practical.”
—Anthony L. Suchman, MD, MA, consultant, Relationship Centered Health Care
“Humble Consulting is a book every leader and every consultant should read. Using numerous cases from his own experience, Schein describes the specific components of a true helping relationship and shows the powerful impact when consulting rests on curious questioning that honors and unlocks the knowledge held by the other.”
—David L. Bradford, PhD, Eugene D. O’Kelly Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Emeritus, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and coauthor of the bestselling books Influence without Authority and Power Up
“Finally, a consulting process that demonstrates and emulates the type of culture toward which organizations and their leaders aspire.”
—Robert Cooke, author of Human Synergistics’ Organizational Culture Inventory
“Ed Schein once again moves the needle in refining the essence of consulting. Schein invokes a shift from considering clients as objects to considering clients as living, dynamic beings. The artistry of balancing formality and intimacy, dancing with the dynamic client system, paying attention to the environment, and engaging in endless reflective learning makes for a potent model and process. Read the wisdom and be open to transformation.”
—Sarita Chawla, President, Metalens Consulting; Senior Faculty, New Ventures West; and Diamond Approach teacher
“In Humble Consulting, Ed Schein weaves the cultural and process consulting threads of his life’s work into a masterpiece of emotional, cultural, and methodological insight. Read this book and be prepared to change your mind, heart, and practice.”
—David E. Goldberg, author of The Design of Innovation and coauthor of A Whole New Engineer
“This senior icon in the field continues to make meaningful and significant contributions which could only be realized through years of experience and reflection. I have been reading Edgar Schein's work for almost 50 years now, and I have learned from each of his works. But somehow, this his latest, is special.”
—Peter F. Sorensen, PhD, director,Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior program, Benedictine University
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Edgar H. Schein is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is the author of numerous bestselling books including the recent Humble Inquiry.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The leader who is humble in this sense, is more likely to get more input from staff in their areas of expertise than the arrogant leader. Arrogance, in this context, is the belief that position confers an overarching expertise that none below this position possesses. When faced with this arrogance, staff learn fast that their opinions are not valued or even wanted, and so they refrain from ever offering them. This inevitably hurts the organization, and limits the effectiveness of the leader. Knowing how to talk so that staff listen, and how to listen so that staff talk, is a necessary leadership skill.
In this book, which is best read in conjunction with Humble Inquiry, Professor Shein turns his attention to consulting, and the necessity of humility in this context. It is not only professional consultants who consult, but leaders play the consultant role to their colleagues and staff, more often than many are aware. As such, this book has wide application.
Consulting today is significantly different from what it was in years past. The primary reason is that problems today are “messier”, Shein explains. Consider that technical fields have become more complex, and groups that interact are occupationally and culturally more diverse. Everything is faster and more urgent than it was a decade ago (or certainly appears to be!), making the environment in which we operate, more unstable. Add to this that an intervention produces unknown effects, requiring new skills to manage. As such, business problems do not have a technical solution.
Consider coaching an executive and it will be apparent “that what worries her has implications for others in the organization, so that the problem formulation has to be systemic,” Shein explains. “Whatever adaptive moves are considered have to take into account the systemic consequences which, paradoxically, may be unknown.”
In this changed context, Humble Consulting provides a very different way of relating to those who seek your counsel. It is predicated on the belief that you are committed to being helpful, that you have an honest curiosity about the client’s issue, and have a genuinely caring attitude. All three are necessary throughout the intervention, but never more so than at the beginning when finding out what is really on the client’s mind. Humble Consulting provides a better helping relationship for dealing with a complex, messy problem.
Parenthetically, if your primary motivation is earning a fee or scoring political advantage, there is some serious introspection required before the benefits of Humble Consulting are possible.
Since requesting help is perceived by many as being in a needy position relative to another, the quality of the relationship will either help or hinder the value you can provide.
For a relationship to work, there must be a feeling of comfort with the other person, best based on knowing that both of you are working toward common goal. A staff member who believes her manager sees her requests for help as a normal part of their common aspiration, will be open to assistance. The alternative is risking failing at her work, in the attempt to protect her self-respect.
‘Relationship’ is an interactive concept, and the consultant can adopt one of these postures.
A Level One relationship, Shein explains, traditionally connotes helping in the role of the expert (such as a doctor,) who provides his expert diagnosis and prescription for the remedy while, above all, keeping a professional distance. “What rarely works, is the recommendation that the consultant has worked out on her own after a period of so-called data gathering,” Shein explains. This is why clients so often have the overwhelming sense that the ‘expert’s’ suggestion is so clearly flawed that someone who claims expertise, should know that.
This type of expert prescription worked well, and probably still does in stable situations, with clear problems and clear solutions. “The first real help is my enabling them to see the true complexity and messiness of the problem situation, and help them to abandon quick fixes and/or knee-jerk reactions,” says Shein.
A Level Two relationship is one that is more personal, more trusting and more open. With this presumption on the part of the consultant, his task is to help work things out together, not to take over the problem and run with it. “I call it Humble Consulting, because I am in awe of the complexity of the problems and of the difficulties that clients face, in trying to move forward,” Shein explains.
The client and the consultant need to engage in a dialogue to identify a feasible move, knowing that this may not solve the problem, but will provide some comfort. This will also reveal new information on the basis of which they are able to identify next move. It is a joint effort in an iterative process.
This requires two levels of empathy. The first is listening curiously to identify the actual situation or problem that the client is describing. The second level of empathy is listening curiously to what is bothering the client.
The example Shein uses is a client who says: “I am concerned about the level of engagement of my employees. Could you help me build a culture of engagement?” Empathy at level one, must explore what he means by “engagement” and “culture” by asking for examples. Empathy at level two is to ask, “What is it that is concerning you; why are you worried about this?”
Humble Consulting is the appreciation that you can only know what you know, and do not know what you do not know. ‘Arrogant consulting’ in contrast is believing that you know all, and you understand the subtle but powerful nuances of the culture within which the client operates. You also understand what is troubling the client after only a cursory explanation.
This humble position starts and ends with constant questions and prompts for clarification. So often these questions point to the answer the client requires. To be really helpful, is to do something for your clients that they cannot do by themselves.
Both books on humility are essential reading for all managers and management consultants.
Readability Light --+-- Serious
Insights High -+--- Low
Practical High -+--- Low
Ian Mann of Gateways consults internationally on leadership and strategy
One recent example involves a conversation with our client about next steps. We established a trusting relationship earlier. During the conversation we suggested a “test improvement sprint”. Because of the trusting relationship, the client immediately adopted the adaptive move.
Humble Consulting resonates with two of Slalom’s core values “stay humble and curious” and “celebrate authenticity.” I recommend this book because it contains insights for applying these values to professional and personal helping.
I preferred this book to "Humble Inquiry".