Change Agent Tip#11: Access Equals Impact

Sep 26, 2011 1 Comment

In this final post of a 4-part series, I’ll wrap up a recipe for change success based on the notion that Change Agents should treat their work like a project. The first three posts suggested you apply classic project management discipline to: … clearly define and manage change activities, … execute change adoption plans based […]

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Change Agent Tip #10: Change Agents Need Resources

Sep 15, 2011 2 Comments

In an earlier post, I advised Change Agents to treat their change like a project in order to give it the structure and discipline needed for successful execution.  I also described a set of four “must haves” for Change Agents to deliver these projects. The list of key ingredients in my recipe for change project […]

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Change Agent Tip #9: Leaders Need to Step Up

Sep 04, 2011 5 Comments

People often ask me the difference between “Change Management” and “Change Leadership”. In my last post, I answered the question with the old axiom: “You manage things and you lead people…”. I also listed some of the critical things (such as work activities, budgets and schedule dependencies) that Change Agents need to manage. Today I’ll […]

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Prepare for Politics and Trolls!

Aug 22, 2011 3 Comments

Most large-scale changes will at some point confront political resistance within some or all of the business units that make up the larger organization. The late, great American politician and House Speaker Tip O’Neill used to say: “All politics is local.” Hence, today’s post will offer advice on how to identify which of the five […]

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Why People Resist Change

Aug 08, 2011 4 Comments

In my last post, I described a process Change Agents can use to gather preliminary data about the types of resistance they may expect to their change. As you follow through on the surveys, interviews and site visits as I described, you will start to amass a wealth of raw data. This data will contain […]

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Change Agent Tip #3: Engage Your Boss – and Their Boss

Jun 12, 2011 4 Comments

Most significant change initiatives show up on the radar of your organization’s leadership team at some point. The most effective changes are given executive sponsorship attention early in the planning stages. The classic disasters are noticed only when things go wrong. The best Change Agents aggressively verify Sponsorship all the way up the org chart. […]

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Change Agent Tip #1 – Define Your Change

Jun 06, 2011 No Comments

It may seem like an obvious thing to do, but many organizations begin rolling out big changes with no clear definition of what they’re changing or who needs to know about it. Here are a few pointers on how to effectively define your change: Write it Down: Capture the definition of your change in writing. […]

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He Said – She Said – They Said – We Said

Jun 04, 2011 1 Comment

One of the more famous movie lines from the 1960’s comes from the Paul Newman classic “Cool Hand Luke”.  A road prison guard (played by the late, great character actor Strother Martin) addressed what he had just discovered to be the reason why a prisoner named Luke (played by Newman) keeps trying to escape: “What […]

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Smart Change Agent Tricks

Apr 26, 2011 No Comments

What can Change Agents do to have the maximum positive impact in their role? In my last post I introduced the idea that it can help to first realize that everyone on the team can positively influence successful change. In other words – everyone on the team is a Change Agent. There are also several […]

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Breaking the Deadlock

Apr 10, 2011 2 Comments

Change Agents can learn a lot about what not to do when negotiating by studying the actions of our US Congress over the past few weeks. Their cliff-hanging, economy-threatening, bad-mouthing lack of progress brought the government to within a couple hours of a shutdown. In my last post I listed a few of the negative […]

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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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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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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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Guidelines for Writing FAQs

Nov 20, 2010 2 Comments

Frequently Asked Questions  or “FAQ’s” can be a staple of communication during change. In yesterday’s post, I introduced a list of six common questions you can expect people to ask about almost any type of change.  I also shared several questions you can ask your team and your stakeholders to generate solid material for even […]

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