Marbella I.
May 26, Friday
11:30 – 13:30
Budapest (CEST)

Integral: Change, Communication and Human Niches

IEC Conference: 2023

‘Change’, when often used in light conversation, is perceived to be a simple process within an organisation. However, change within any organisation is a concept that is complex and multidimensional. In the new world of work, change is so prevalent, organisations facing challenges of communicating transformation awareness to employees, and confirming management skills are at its peak, to ensure the success thereof. Human reactions to change within an organisation partnered with poorly planned or executed change initiatives makes us aware that employee’s emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental state are major contributors to the success or failure of the change initiatives. This article took the direction of management and the components that ensures successful change. The importance of Integral Leadership and the role of the human element, surfaces during change processes. This study followed a qualitative research approach, and a grounded theory methodology was adopted.An example of a knowledgeable integral leader that is fully versed in Human Niches and Spiral Dynamics Integral will ensure a one-to-one contact when communicating with the purple niche employee, while utilising emails and memos when communicating with the blue niche employees. This simple change to the communication processes is a very effective measure to empower employees to feel included in the change process and to feel that what they are important within the organisation. I grant my greatest of gratitude to Dr Loraine Laubscher and Dr Rica Viljoen for imparting their knowledge on Human Niches and Spiral Dynamics Integral to me personally, whereby I can boldly state that Human Niches allows for the establishment of an environment of understanding, interaction, and trust within an organisation or in your community. By utilising the Human Niches and Spiral Dynamic Integral within the organisational environment, ensures effective communication, minimises resistance to change and optimises the success of change initiatives. Integral leaders that adopt an approach that includes the human element, have the ability to understand people as unique individuals with their own diversity of thought and worldviews, which may allow successful change implementation. The success of a change initiative may be elevated when an integral leader utilises the Human Niche theory.


South Africa

Dr Rica Viljoen  is a well-known Human Resource Executive, researcher, sought-after international systems psychodynamic-facilitator and Jungian coach who specialises in diversity and multiculturalism. She is associated with the Da Vinci Institute for Business Leadership, the Jungian Coaching School Africa and acts as the Human Resource Executive: Strategy for the Meridian Group of Companies. She currently handles the international integration of companies in Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Rica was the founder member of Mandala Consulting, a niche organisational development house that worked in 42 different countries. She developed the Benchmark of Engagement, a research approach to understand social dynamics in systems – an approach that is widely acknowledge as a way to build trust and support the cultural optimisation resulting in business results.

With the adaptation of a scholarly-scientific-practitioner organisational developmental approach, Rica continues to contribute to the publishing of case studies, international coaching and consulting on organisational dynamics, culture, social system dynamics and multiculturalism.. She supervised more than 90 PhD and Masters students.

Rica received the Institute of People Management CEO award for her national and international contribution to the field of study (2017) and the South African Board of People Practices CEO award (2021) as an acknowledgment of her contribution towards the profession. Her doctorate on Inclusivity in Organisations as radical transformational strategy, received an global award for one of the 10 best contributions to the field of study by the Academy of Management.

Rica served, with honour, as the 13th and 14th South African Board of People Practices Board. She is also on the Exco and chair one of the subcommittees of the Board. Her key interest resides in supporting organisations to create inclusive cultures through the optimisation of individual leadership behaviour, functional group dynamics and organisational sustainability, contextually applied. Rica worked closely with dr Don Beck (USA) to translate spiral dynamic theory in a pragmatic way and with dr Avi Goren-Bar (Israel) on Jungian coaching. She is widely published, academically and in practice. Amongst other publications she co-authored the book Spiral Dynamics in Action, currently translated in nine languages.

Her life purpose is to tell untold stories and help leaders to find their voice. She is the co-chair of the ISPSO AM 2023; to be hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa.