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Provocative Thoughts | Change management is a commodity

Change management is a commodity.

Please tune in during the coming months as we explore bold and provocative notions about change management. Our goal is to spark dialogue, engage with one another and challenge what we might think about change and change management today. 

How to Develop a Change Management Learning Plan

For many organizations, it’s not enough to know why a change is needed, what it will entail and how it should be implemented. Frequently the desired state requires people to be able to do new things they have never done before.

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Bold Statement | Maybe change management as we define it is not a good idea

Maybe change management as we define it is not a good idea.

Please tune in during the coming months as we explore bold and provocative notions about change management. Our goal is to spark dialogue, engage with one another and challenge what we might think about change and change management today. 

7 Obstacles to Coaching Change Targets (and How to Overcome Them)

As a change agent, you need to be able to empathize with perspectives.

You also need to take time to listen, respond well and sometimes read between the lines. But it’s no secret that resistance and obstacles crop up during change efforts. How do you address these obstacles and move your…

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Chaos in the Delta State of Change Management

Change is risky.  Leaving the strong, secure hold of the present and moving toward a future that’s uncertain and unclear is alarming.

When we decide to change, we have to deal with the great chasm between the comforting, familiar past and the new, unfamiliar future: the delta. The truth is change…

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Free Download | Anticipate Resistance to Change Tool

Did you know? Even before change is announced, it’s possible for change agents to anticipate reasons why people might resist. And as we know, this insight is instrumental in the success of a change initiative.

It’s with that that we developed our free, easy to use tool Read More ›

Assessing the Current State From 4 Different Angles

Did you drive to work yesterday? If you drove, did you have to think about the route you took – which corner to turn at, whether to go right or left? Probably not. You know the way.

You are comfortable with that way because it doesn’t take a lot of effort.…

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Free Download | 5 Strategies & 7 Must-Do Steps to Harmonize Change eBook

Like an orchestra without a conductor, an organizational change that lacks (or has weak) strategy and tactics, can sound, feel and look like singular instruments playing out of sync with each other.

Good Change Managers know how complex the change process can be.  They also know how complicated it can be…

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A Sure-Fire Formula to Make Change Work

The organization that is able to change will survive.  The organization that can’t (or won’t) will die.

It may sound harsh, but this idea isn’t new.  After all, it is the foundation behind Darwin’s theory of evolution.  To change is to endure.  Business leaders have understood this principle well.

Over the years,…

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5 Steps to Uncovering the Missing Variable in Your Merger or Acquisition Equation

Most every acquiring company today recognizes the importance of culture and people and builds analysis of those elements into their due diligence and integration processes.  However, the percentage of companies still showing a poor return on the investment has not significantly improved and the horror stories continue.  So if people…

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3 Essential Tools for Mitigating Risk in Change Management

When successful, change management projects can move a company forward into new and stronger competitive positions.

However, like all changes, these projects are not always successful or, when successful, that success is not always sustained. Some projects are even so difficult to implement and sustain that the Six Sigma Black Belts…

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5 Critical Factors That Affect Whether Or Not Change Is Successful

We’ve all been there. It’s time for another change and the first thing on our mind is that we want it to be successful. We’re asked a lot, “What makes change stick?”. And as you know, even with the best strategies in place, ensuring change is successful is easier said…

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Free Download | Change Risk Assessment

Each change – whether in the beginning, middle or even end stages – comes with its own level of risk. And it’s important to know where you stand at each phase to ensure you’re managing for success.

Many organizations find themselves scrambling to better manage their changes when they realize the…

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Swimming Upstream Part 2: Top 3 Problems Leaders Face With Change Resistance & What to Do

A great deal has been written about the impact leadership can have on employees’ decision to change or not to change.  And leaders have had too many experiences with failed changes not to be sensitive to this reality today.  They often, however, encounter three main problems:

They can’t imagine why anyone…

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Swimming Upstream Part 1: When People Resist Organizational Change

The Information Imperative

What causes people to have issues with change? After all, organizations don’t (or shouldn’t) change just for change sake.  In many cases, the change is necessary in order for the business to succeed and those people that are overseeing the change process have the best interests of the…

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Change Agents Deal With People & Should Follow These 4 Tips

The role of the Change Agent is critical during any change initiative. And we hear it often from clients – they want to know the short list. What is the top handful of action items their Change Agents should focus on?

So it’s with that we’ve put together our top 4…

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4 Reasons the Effort to Develop a Standard Change Capability Is Worth It

The best Chief Learning Officers know there is a cost to developing improved change management capability.

Doing this must have a payback. Improved change management increases the potential for each change to be more successful. It also demonstrates an increased capacity for the organization to absorb multiple changes by developing resiliency.

The…

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Innovation: Does Change Management Play a Role? 4 Tips to Ensure Successful Integration

A successful change is dependent on two key variables: a quality solution and the acceptance of that solution by the people who are impacted.

In most organizations undergoing change of any kind, the change management process is typically started after a quality solution has been generated. But that may be too limited of a view.

A…

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7 Questions to Consider as You Assess Your Competitive Edge in Change Management

It’s a best practice to ensure there is always enough competitive analysis being done to know where you are in relation to your competition, especially when assessing your competitive edge.

Consider these seven questions as you do your self-assessment:

Are you better or worse than your competition at satisfying the customer?
Are you…

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Change Management Danger Points: Part 2

No change project lasts forever – or at least it shouldn’t.  Whether change agents measure success by a timeline to completion or the attainment of a specified goal, the workload gets lighter and the end of the project becomes a reality.  It is time to tie up the loose ends…

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