Archive for Change Agent Skills

Virtually as Effective as the Real Thing

Feb 13, 2011 No Comments by

Virtual meetings are said to be the wave of the future. For many organizations with geographically distributed employee populations that future is already a daily reality. Web conferences and virtual online meetings have become so popular as a cost-saving tool that more and more companies are asking teams to try booking a conference call number […]

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Can You Hear Me Now?

Feb 12, 2011 3 Comments by

A lot of companies use online meetings as a way to save travel costs and time. But as many of us have experienced – online meetings are not always as effective as face-to-face gatherings.  In fact they suffer from some very serious deficiencies if they are not carefully organized and well facilitated. In today’s post […]

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Six Rules for Communication

Feb 06, 2011 3 Comments

Those guiding organizational change spend a good deal of their time helping people communicate.  Sometimes a communicator’s best intentions can go awry if they ignore a few simple rules for communication effectiveness.  Today I will offer six basic rules that you should consider when sending out messages to large groups of stakeholders. Here’s my short […]

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Action Items

Jan 24, 2011 1 Comment

Big change initiatives can usually benefit from taking advantage of a project management best practice called “action items”. In their simplest form, action items are an on-going, ad-hoc “to-do list” of smaller tasks that need to be addressed in order to maintain project momentum. In my last post I listing my first five tips for […]

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8 Ways to Deal with Resistance to Change

Jan 16, 2011 7 Comments

Resistance happens. Even with Change Agents. In fact, you’re setting your change initiative up for failure if your strongest supporters are blindly “selling it” without having thought through their own concerns or those of your stakeholders. In my last post, I told the story of traveling home this past week using an e-Boarding Pass for […]

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Now Boarding: Resistance

Jan 14, 2011 1 Comment

I’m a change agent.  I help my clients discover the change agents inside their organizations and build their skills to affect change. But that doesn’t mean I always dive willingly into change myself.  Case in point… The other day I flew from Minneapolis to Orlando on a business trip. This was my boarding pass: The […]

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Shoffee Picks a Win-Win When

Jan 08, 2011 5 Comments

Q: When is the perfect time for a business to introduce a major change? A: There is no perfect time. But you can choose an optimal time based on your internal & external business cycles and the expectations of your customers. One Great Cup of Joe I had a great customer experience recently with the […]

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Give it a Rest!

Jan 03, 2011 1 Comment

Coming back to work after the long holiday break this morning was rough.  My vacation had been just long enough to fully unwind from what had been several months of non-stop work – but now I was ready to jump back into a challenging project.  So I set my alarm to wake up a bit […]

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Making Ground Rules Stick

Dec 31, 2010 3 Comments

In an earlier post I shared some effective ground rules that your team can use to get along and be productive.  I’m sure many of you have more good team guidelines that have worked for you – and I’d encourage you to agree on a similar list when you kick off your next team project. […]

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Rules, Rules, Rules

Dec 28, 2010 15 Comments

Anyone who’s participated on a project in a team setting has probably heard the term “ground rules” tossed around.  Sometime the term applies to a useful set of axioms that cooperative team members follow to guide their civil and productive interaction.  Sometimes it refers to a nice poster on the wall of all company conference […]

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Of Sacred Cows and Left-Hand Turns

Dec 26, 2010 4 Comments

What myth is blocking your team from realizing breakthrough innovation? This month’s issue of Fortune magazine contains an interesting interview with Bob Stoffel, a Senior Vice President of UPS. One of the most fascinating things he discusses in the interview is the now-famous no-left-turn rule that all UPS drivers follow. Here’s how it works: UPS […]

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Sponsorship of Change

Dec 23, 2010 2 Comments

Today’s post is a question regarding sponsorship of change: What’s the most important thing a Change Sponsor can do to ensure a change is successful? As always, vote early and often… and don’t hesitate to comment and forward the link to others. -Steve

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Dissecting Disaster

Dec 21, 2010 2 Comments

I read a great article on ZDNet which recapped lessons that organizations can learn from the recent SAP implementation disaster in Marin County, California.  I also listened in on a very good web seminar a while back on the same topic that was hosted by an ERP consulting company called Panorama. A quick note before […]

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A Place to Go to Stay In the Know

Dec 19, 2010 1 Comment

In my last article, I extolled the virtues of using a team website to keep everyone on your team in the loop.  But exactly what information should be kept on a team website? What’s critical and what’s just “nice to have”? These are the topics of today’s post. What’s It All About? There are dozens […]

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Keep ‘Em in the Loop!

Dec 16, 2010 No Comments

One of the biggest challenges faced by project leaders and their teams can be keeping all of their stakeholders “in the loop”.  This is true of all projects – but it’s especially critical for teams involved in guiding change, since any loss of continuity can have a negative impact on your shared goal of change […]

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Leading Through the Curve

Dec 12, 2010 3 Comments

In my last post I introduced a concept called the Change Adoption Curve that many Organizational Change Management experts use to illustrate the cycle people tend to go through as they adapt to change. I listed several assumptions about the curve that you should watch for when using it. Today I’ll address how you can […]

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The Change Curve

Dec 08, 2010 10 Comments

One of the more useful concepts that has come out of the formal study of Organizational Change Management is the simple idea that people go through a predictable cycle as they adopt or reject a change. By anticipating how people will go through this transition, a Change Agent can help stakeholders by giving them what […]

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