THE SPIDER WEB EXERCISE

(Impact of the exercise as an OD tool)

The Spider Web is an Organization Development (OD) tool used in the practice of OD as an institutional self assessment tool to enhance organisational change.

The name is deduced from the visual imagery created in the application of the tool. The spider web was originally developed in the Himalayan city of Nepal in Asia, as a participatory method for monitoring the status over time of community based organisation.  The Spider web has since, been applied in several settings to facilitate participatory approaches to change and growth. The ideal Spider Web exercise incorporates people from all levels and capacities in an organisation. Therefore, the tool can be a powerful way to build a common vision of what is needed to develop and strengthen an organisation’s capacity to deliver quality, relevant and sustainable development

APPLICATION OF THE SPIDERWEB EXERCISE

The spider web exercise was recently used by the OD facilitators of St Vitus OD Consult as an Organization Development tool for Gastys Consult Ltd in Ghana, West Africa.  The exercise brought to bear critical pivots of assessment, discovery and consensus as was expected by the application of the tool

SUMMARY OF OUTCOMES FROM THE EXERCISE

INDIVIDUAL EFFECTS FROM EXERCISE AS RECORDED BY PARTICIPANTS

  1. Some participants reported feeling like they were pulling along experience of others as the facilitators controlled discussion points
  2. Some participants reported excessive pressure on their fingers as participants executed a drag-out command of the exercise
  3. Some persons reported feeling Little or No effect at all from the exercise
  4. Some participants reported being patient and bearing with some pain associated with some of parts of the exercise
  5. Some participants reported anticipation and mind preparation to adjust to the exercise
  6. Some Participants reported being relaxed and observant of how others were coping in the exercise

LEARNING POINTS FROM THE EXERCISE AS RECORDED BY THE PARTICIPANTS

  1. Every Organization survives on an effective Networking
  2. Information flow is critical to sustain organizational growth
  3. Tolerance is needed to hold the organization together
  4. Endurance is an inevitable aspect of organizational growth
  5. Teamwork is the key to organizational effectiveness
  6. Connectivity keeps the frame work or the organization intact
  7. A platform is created for effective communication
  8. Communication
  9. Interdependence on each other keeps the web of the organization functional
  10. Different level in the organization constitute to the working framework of the organization
  11. Widening gaps occur as persons try to execute their personal gains in the organization
  12. Unplanned Occurrences in the organization cause momentary discomfort and confusion but tolerance and patience overcomes the effects of sudden change
  13. The web pattern breaks up as parts of the web pivotal points begin to fail which relates to a failing organization when individuals fail to perform accordingly
  14. Every part of the organization is critical to the growth of the organization
  15. Teamwork and Interdependence
  16. Importance of Leadership (Center of the web)
  17. What affects one affects all
  18. An organization is one unit as a whole

HOW TO APPLY SPIDER WEB IN YOUR ORGANIZATION AS RECORDED BY THE PARTICIPANTS

  • Team development
  • Diversity
  • Emphasizing standards
  • Operating procedures
  • Conflict resolution
  • Enhancing internal controls
  • Respect for all
  • Synergy
  • Enhanced relations
  • Awareness of organization culture
  • Discipline & core values

OTHER APPLICATIONS OF THE SPIDER WEB TOOL IN ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT

  • Breaking Hierarchical communication
  • Organizational Retreat
  • Team Building
  • Enhancing Leadership

CONCLUDING COMMENTS

OD as a profession harnesses tools models and processes that drive organizations to sustainable change. The spiderweb is indeed a powerful tool that emphasizes the strength of a healthy organization and the ability to enhance effectiveness in the organization. OD is a scientific process and therein emphasis that the Spider Web tool utilized in the OD process will always bring to bear key parameters for the transformation of any organization in the world

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