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ADAPT by Design certified as the fourth B Corporation in Western Australia

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Thursday, 24 November 2016. Perth-based technology company ADAPT by Design today announced that it has officially become a Certified B Corporation.

B Corps are certified by the non-profit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. They represent an emerging group of companies that are using the power of business to create a positive impact on the world and generate a shared and sustainable prosperity for all.

Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their employees, suppliers, community, consumers, and environment.

‘We became a B Corp because it is so closely aligned with ADAPT’s purpose and guiding philosophy, to help leaders build sustainable companies while always considering the impact on our stakeholders’ said Renae Flegg, Stakeholder Leader at ADAPT by Design. ‘We are excited to be part of this community of purpose and values-driven organisations and look forward to helping grow the movement in Western Australia’.

As of November 2016, there are more than 1,900 Certified B Corporations from 130 industries, across 50 countries.

Alicia Darvall, Executive Director of B Lab Australia & New Zealand, says “We’d love to welcome ADAPT by Design to the B Corp movement. It is fantastic to see Western Australia represented by technology companies keen to redefine success in business. We look forward to working together to further build awareness of using business as a force for good across Western Australia.”

About ADAPT by Design

ADAPT by Design helps founders and organisation leaders to build a business they want to work in, one that is aligned to their values and purpose. They help with the process of handing over roles, knowledge, wisdom and eventually ownership so that the organisation lives on beyond them.

ADAPT Practitioners mentor and support organisations to build the capability within the business to solve challenges faced along the way. ADAPT’s method to do this is enabled by their cloud-based platform embedADAPT.

About B Corporations

Certified B Corporations meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand.

For more information, please contact:
Renae Flegg
Stakeholder Leader
r.flegg@adaptbydesign.com.au

Blog: ADAPT Concepts

What is Total Systems Succession?

Never in our history have we lived in such a fast-changing and complex environment. Products, markets, customer wants, technology and attitudes towards work and career are all changing. Traditional hierarchical approaches to organisational design and leadership simply don’t work anymore.

At ADAPT, we believe in a Total Systems Succession approach. This means the practice of consciously designing, building and sustaining an organisation for the long term. It is the integration of a healthy culture, systems thinking and continuous succession, that creates an environment for organisations to sustain and flourish.

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Healthy Culture

We start with culture because an unhealthy culture means an unhealthy organisation.

For you to be happy and healthy there are many systems in your body that need to work together: respiratory, digestive, skeletal, just to name a few. For your mental health, we know that having purpose and being part of a social network is important. In a similar way, a healthy organisational culture requires that we pay attention to all our systems, as well as our behaviours and our organisation purpose.

It means that we give a shit!

Systems Thinking

Systems Thinking refers to understanding how those systems influence one another within a complete entity, or larger system. It is viewing the organisation as a whole and not dis-integrated parts.

Succession

Then we have Succession, the handover of roles, knowledge, wisdom and eventually ownership of an organisation.

Succession is not an event. It is continuous in all levels of the organisation. It enables owners and organisation leaders to move from working IN to working ON the business and provides a framework for mentorship and effective role handover.

So, what do we think the future looks like?

As the rate of change escalates and traditional leadership and organisational design models struggle to deliver, we look to see what IS working. A lot of ADAPT’s Method was established in the building of aQuire, a software development company that recently celebrated 20 years in business. But we also continue to be informed by observing and learning from many great thinkers and great organisations, including Frederic Laloux’s research outlined in his book Re-Inventing Organisations.

Laloux researched many exceptional organisations over a three-year period. He found that highly productive and purposeful organisations have three things in common:

  1. A lack of hierarchy. A flat self-managed organisation compared to the more traditional pyramid structure. He notes that this is essential in complex systems. Yes, you need structure but perhaps not so many bosses!
  2. The idea of wholeness. These organisations embraced the wholeness of people and created work environments where people can be truly human and authentic. Imagine meetings without ego!
  3. Evolutionary Purpose, which is more than the purpose statement pinned on the office wall. This is a world where the people within the organisation are constantly listening and adapting the purpose of the organisation.

We believe that the application of Total Systems Succession will provide an approach to deliver on these three capabilities in a business.