Lessons From the Zoo

Sep 22, 2010 1 Comment by

Could your team use a good Gorilla?  How about a Fox or two? Take Inventory: One of the first things I like to do when working with a team engaged in making a big change happen is to take stock of the group’s natural teaming skills and prevailing personalities. I don’t typically have everyone take […]

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Resistance is Futile (except when it works)

Sep 19, 2010 No Comments by

I hear the term “resistance” a lot when helping clients implement change.  Not surprisingly, I hear it more from those at the top who are trying to make the change happen – than from those in the field who are allegedly practicing resistance… Reminds me of the famous (and obvious) plot line of Star Trek: […]

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… a Question of Sponsorship

Sep 15, 2010 3 Comments

Following up on the post earlier this week about Sponsorship, I wanted to get your opinions on the following question which I first posed a few weeks ago. You may click multiple items and your comments would be especially helpful. After you vote, let’s consider the impact of your answers. How did you answer? Of […]

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10 Reasons Change Efforts Fail

Sep 07, 2010 2 Comments

In contrast to my earlier article titled “10 Reasons Change Initiatives SUCCEED“… let’s approach the same challenge from the opposite side. This is Craig Mainprize. He’s a Senior Project Manager who’s currently leading an Organizational Change project for a group called NATS that provides air traffic control services to aircraft flying in UK airspace & […]

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Choosing a Project Team

Sep 03, 2010 1 Comment

Those in the trenches know that quite often a Project Manager doesn’t get to choose the make-up of their team.  Sometimes the best a PM can do is influence who the Sponsors or Business Owners decide to put on the project team. Why’s that so important? Team makeup can have a critical impact on everything […]

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Do the Right Thing… Or Else!

Aug 31, 2010 2 Comments

This is Bekah. She cuts my hair.  Considering what she has to work with each time I come in, I’d say she’s very good at her job.  She’s a professional who’s been trained in all the latest techniques, styles, equipment, etc…  She’s also expected to stay up to speed on regulatory compliance for her industry. […]

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5 Questions About Your Change

Aug 27, 2010 2 Comments

Change can be hard. …but it might not be as complex as we sometimes make it out to be.  I use a battle-tested list of five questions to draw out the details of a client’s change before planning the communication and training elements of the roll out. theBigRocks Big Five Most of the change impacts […]

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theBigRocks is Going Live!

Aug 06, 2010 2 Comments

theBigRocks of Change blog will be going live soon! Let me know if you want to help me verify the site is working before we invite the world inside…

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Racers and Pacers

Jul 30, 2010 3 Comments

When it comes to picking Change Agents, one lesson I’ve learned is that everyone adapts to change at a different pace. So it can help to select a variety of Change Agents – including a few Racers and a few Pacers.

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