Intervention: the 'how' of change matters most



The Vanguard Method comprises two things: systems theory and intervention theory.  Ibrar Hussain focusses on the latter: how we change.

Many people describe the Vanguard Method as 'common sense', 'not difficult', and 'obvious'.  Ibrar describes some of the methods that Vanguard experts use to help leaders understand how their current thinking determines performance: i.e making the invisible visible.

Why is intervention theory important?  'Command and control' thinking is ubiquitous.  The only way to go 'beyond' command and control thinking is to navigate a route from where we are to where we could be.  Ibrar outlines how intervention theory is the means by which we navigate that route.  

Chin and Benne's research in the 1960s found three approaches to change: coercive, rational and normative.  Ibrar explains that the Vanguard Method is normative and highlights what an effective normative design to support un-learning current thinking and re-learning new thinking looks like.