In order to go forward with the change process, it is crucial to reinforce cohesiveness and the sense of belonging amongst contributors.
Co-Built & Co-Opted Ground Rules, as the 2nd Element of Dynamic Stability, help in framing the process and satisfying the need for belonging which is deeply rooted in our neurobiological makeup.
Ground Rules allow for a shared referential in terms of modes of functioning and clarify the interfaces between the elements of the systems, the overall philosophy of their interacting, and the different key roles and functions in relationship with the considered actions. As such, they further enhance the stability introduced by the definition of a common Stake.
In addition, Ground Rules help identifying the drifting of functioning, the way trade-offs are made to satisfy divergent interests, the decision-making process, all of which are necessary elements to protect the cohesiveness of the organization.
All in all, defining Ground Rules establishes a contract between contributors and allows them to feel psychological and emotional safety, which reduces in turn stress and resistance, while encouraging intensive individual and/or collective work, strong participation and high involvement. At the same time, anxiety is reduced and learning necessary for change can take place serenely and successfully.
Energy derived from this sense of belonging, with the underlying commitment and cohesion, creates an emotional and spiritual link which is a strong leverage in terms of performance.
Many processes, methodologies, techniques, and tools to achieve these goals are presented in "The M3C Model of Cooperative Contextual Change" (2012) and in "Leading by Dynamic Stability" (2016).