To make behaviour change sustainable, take a design approach. This applies equally well to both our personal lives and to our work organisations.
To improve the performance of an organisation, you need to change the underlying system responsible for producing that performance. And to change that system, you need to change the thinking that created the system in the first place.
I help those who want to change thinking and see things differently.
~Work with me~
My speaking and consulting work revolves around the topics of organisation design in the age of complexity, managing innovation, and the experimentation-driven approach to organisation development. Depending on your requirements, I can navigate smoothly from the abstract concepts and the ‘why’ of things to the nitty-gritty of concrete tools, practices and methods.
Trainings and workshops focus on organisation development and change management in the agile age. Experimentation mindset and a participatory approach are the two main building blocks behind most of the work I do.
I am also a professional keynote speaker, available for conferences and corporate events.
Please send me a message if you want to know more!
I am a certified facilitator of LEGO Serious Play, which is a methodology and toolkit for dealing with complex social and business challenges. It can be used for anything ranging from team-building to large-scale strategy processes and scenario planning in large organisations.
LEGO Serious Play can be extremely effective when it is necessary to have everyone engage in the process, and openly present and discuss their ideas and points of view. It will also turn abstract concepts–such as leadership, culture, or strategy–into physical representations that facilitate discussion and mutual understanding. And it is fun to boot!
Workshops typically range from 2 hours to 2 days. If you want to know more or are looking to hire a facilitator, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
I co-authored the first hands-on guide to Experimentation-Driven Innovation, published in Finland as Kehitä kokeillen in December 2015.
The book covers Experimentation-Driven Innovation process, contrasts it to planning-driven methods, and details how the project context should determine which approach to use.
We also provide practical tips for managing uncertain projects, as well as a number of ways to design experiments and create prototypes. All aimed towards rapid knowledge creation and solving key uncertainties.
I am the Chief Organisation Designer at Academy of Philosophy, a Helsinki-based boutique consulting company that has its roots in philosophy, psychology and neuroscience. We do mainly coaching, consulting and workshops, as well as facilitation of large-scale development projects for our clients.
Many of our key people are also involved in hands-on academic research, and we have collectively published numerous books on organisation design, intrinsic motivation, positive psychology and social justice.
To find out more, please visit filosofianakatemia.fi (sorry, we do not have a site in English quite yet).
“Sami really knows his shit.”
–Paul Gibbons, author of The Science of Successful Organizational Change
“Sami is a systems thinker, human-centric process genius, economist with the heart of a philosopher. In conversation he paints the picture of organisation as a living system, and how one should approach changing its structures and practices. It is nothing less than astonishing, exciting and inspiring.”
–Karoliina Jarenko, CEO, Filosofian Akatemia