5 Reasons Why to Attend the 5 Deep Teal for Scotlanf Workshop on Self-Organising Teams

Reason 1 – Learn to identify the cultural gap.

Prior to the workshop, participants take our online survey, known as 5 Deep Vital Signs. In the workshop, participants identify the cultural gap between the current model of working and their desired model of working. They discover the importance of “minding the gap” when leading change.

Reason 2 – Discover what is required for successful change.

Change usually focuses above the water line, on the values and behaviours, the systems and structures, and has at least a 70% failure rate. For successful transformation to the new model we need to look deeper and understand how mindsets and the way of thinking drives behaviour.

Implementing the new model requires much more than adopting new practices. Real change happens when individuals and the collective are aligned around what is important. By creating healthy life conditions for change, employees can be inspired to change.

Reason 3 – We make the application of change theory easy.

In this one-day, highly participatory workshop, we take the group through a series of exercises 700x 400that enable them to identify the predominant way of thinking and culture that lurk below the water line, as well as the thinking needed to implement new ways of working. We make it easy to relate the theory of change to their project, and to make a plan of action.

Reason 4 – Our participants valued it!

I found the session inspiring, energising and extremely engaging. Fiona and Sheila created a safe and innovative space and took us through an amazing and creative journey of discovery: a deep dive into values, behaviours, mindset, organisations, collaboration, structures and worldviews.

The session was packed with examples, exercises, group conversation, insights and inspiring stories. Driven by curiosity at first, I left the session full of hope and optimism for the future of the world and my organisation. Thank you so much to Fiona and Sheila for a really valuable session, one of the best I ever attended!

— Giulia Lucchini, City of Edinburgh Council

Friday’s course led by Fiona Savage and Sheila Cooke was exceptional and gave real substance around the “how” for organisations to work towards achieving flatter structures, increase effectiveness and improve productivity all through self-organising teams. Each of the participants shared their enthusiasm for getting back into their workplaces to start work on making this a reality.

As well as the great tools that were made available to us, it was also inspiring to hear from Sheila about the work of other experts in this field. It has to be said that Christopher and Sheila Cooke are themselves experts developing a very workable system linked to the work of Frederic Laloux, Ken Wilber, Don Beck and Professor Clare Graves. This has to be the way forwards for so many organisations who are currently struggling with change and complexity.

— Ian Robertson, City of Edinburgh Council

What was really encouraging to see, was that despite coming from different organisations, all the participants believe there is a better, more ethical way of running organisations. A way that nurtures and gets the most from the individuals within the organisation while at the same time being aware and taking responsibility for the impact the organisation has on the external environment. The nature of how we work is changing and this workshop gives great insight into how we can embrace this change.

— Valerie Jackman, Edinburgh College

Reason 5 – Efficient and effective change that is aligned with where organisation are next naturally going to evolve to.

When organisations engage us in the change process, our first step is to conduct an organisational scan. Through this approach, we are able to support the organisation to adopt the self- organising model in a way that is compatible with where the organisation is next naturally going. For example, we are able to identify potential early adopters, where the way of thinking is already in alignment with the new way of working. Such departments are safe environments in which to pilot change. We are also able to identify where barriers are likely to arise and can advise on the best way to handle them. Such information enables the organisation to develop a road map for efficiently and effectively transitioning from the current model to the desired model of working. We are also able to weave-in the key practices at an optimal time in the road map, to increase the likelihood of adoption.

We will be running another course in Edinburgh in September please contact me if your interested in attending

Free-Up Time, Improve Organisational Outcomes, and Reduce Costs with Self-Organising Teams


Flat organisations with limited central control that ‘self-organise’ are considerably more effective. This fresh approach creates considerable opportunities in health and social care

  • Flexibility and responsiveness around the patient/client.
  • Greater scope for staff to use their professional skills.
  • Happier, more fulfilled staff.
  • Cost-effective through not having to carry big overheads.What does it mean for a organisation to move decisively in this direction?

This one-day course offers health and social care organisations the opportunity to explore in balanced, reflective way what self-organising offers to tackle the challenges of the health and care agenda.

Using some of the principles of self-organising, the course sets out what self-organising means in practice and explores the key questions everyone has to consider in deciding to take up the approach:

  • What examples are there of successful self-managing organisations and what are the magic ingredients they share?
  • What are the building blocks of a flexible organisational structure that supports self-organising?
  • How can clarity around roles and accountabilities be created?
  • What happens to accountability, governance, performance management and safety for organisations operating under the principles of self-organisation?
  • How can ending up with a chaotic free-for-all be avoided?
  • How can responsible, binding decisions be taken under self-organising?
  • How can the format of meetings be designed to move towards early action that has real buy-in?

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Prior to the workshop, each participant will be asked to complete a cultural survey which will help us in the design of the workshop, and some of the data will be used in the workshop

Venue: Sighthill Campus, Edinburgh College. Click here for map

Date: June 3th 2016  Time 9.30 am to 4. 30pm.

Cost £120 inclusive of VAT

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