Workshop: Micro Shifts for Change

This workshop is offered Monday, Nov. 4, the day before the regular conference.  Registration details here.


It may seem paradoxical that tiny shifts result in big changes. But that is the case. Many big problems cannot be tackled head on. They only way to make progress is to work obliquely, understanding what holds the current pattern in place, identifying what you can influence, and working in tiny steps. In this workshop, you will work on an issue that you want to change in your own organization. We’ll look at what is, what might be, and how you can create the conditions for a better pattern. I’ll share the methods and tools that I have used in many organizations to move in a better direction without engendering unnecessary “change resistance.” Each participant will receive a copy of my new book 7 Rules for Positive, Productive Change: Micro Shifts, Macro Results.


  • Introductions
  • Your experience with organizational change
  • Identifying the pattern you want to change in your organization
  • Finding influencing factors
  • Nudging the system with experiments
  • Creating a landing zone map
  • Wrap up: future actions


Lunch and Snacks will be included.


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About Esther Derby
Esther draws on four decades of experience leading, observing, and living organizational change. She work with a broad array of organizations from start ups to Fortune 500 companies. Based on experience and research, her approach blends attention to humans and deep knowledge of complex adaptive systems.

Esther started her career as a programmer. However, over the years she’s worn many hats, including business owner, internal consultant and manager. From all these perspectives, one thing stood out: individual, team, and even organizational success depends greatly on the work environment and organizational dynamics. As a result, she has spent the last twenty-five years helping companies shape their environment for optimum success.