No Plan, Epic Fail

Sep 29, 2010 No Comments

One common thread I’ve seen in many organizational change disasters is the utter lack of a PLAN to guide the work.  In an earlier article, I laid out common reasons that Organizational Change Management (OCM) initiatives fail and this risk is right at the top of that list. There’s an old project management adage that […]

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Genius or Idiot?

Sep 25, 2010 No Comments

As I watched Director Oliver Stone talk about his new “Wall Street” movie this morning I could not help but be struck by how polarizing some public figures can be… (perhaps intentionally?) Within the last few days I’ve noticed these solid candidates for the Prince & Princess of Public Polarization for the week: Iranian President […]

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Resistance is Futile (except when it works)

Sep 19, 2010 No Comments

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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Who Would Ever Want to Be King?

Sep 13, 2010 3 Comments

It’s Lonely at the Top. There are plenty of ways for Sponsors to approach their pivotal role in change. It can be said that every leader has their style and every style has its limits. Push too hard and people quit. Give them too much leeway and they wander or worse yet- they mutiny… The […]

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Speaking @ ASUG Fall Focus in Orlando

Sep 12, 2010 No Comments

If you’re attending the upcoming SAP gathering called ASUG Fall Focus at the Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida –  I will be speaking on October 6th @ 1030.  Fall Focus is being held in parallel with the SAP Business Objects User’s Conference. I will be co-presenting with a client who is implementing SAP’s […]

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Success Factor #1: Alignment

Sep 09, 2010 5 Comments

Get on Track Early! Before tackling any significant change, it’s important that Change Leaders and Change Agents get on the same page about exactly what your change involves.   I call that alignment.  I use a simple set of questions to help my clients draw out the key elements of alignment. As you will see, the […]

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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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10 Reasons Change Initiatives SUCCEED! (Part-1)

Aug 28, 2010 2 Comments

This is Diane McWade.  She’s the Owner of The Evolution Network in Edinburg, UK and she brought up a great point on a LinkedIn Organizational Change discussion forum the other day: “It’s fascinating how people love to talk about why change initiatives fail.  Why do they succeed? Would seem to me to be a more […]

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Horror Stories About Change

Aug 25, 2010 No Comments

I figured out how to follow up on yesterday’s Zombie theme! Tell me your greatest change-related horror stories. To get the discussion going, here is a quick survey: I have also posted a tame version of this question on LinkedIn and I will submit some of the best stories from those comments under this post. […]

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Busy Doing What?

Aug 22, 2010 1 Comment

Being “Busy as a Bee” is a good thing, right? Of course we want our people and our teams to be cracking that whip and getting things done every hour of the work day.  Busy people would seem to be a sure sign of high productivity.  But that rule of thumb also comes with this […]

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theBigRocks will be Tweetin’!

Aug 20, 2010 No Comments

Keep up with the latest observations from theBigRocks and me (Steve Chihos) on Twitter by adding @chihos to the list of those you follow. As always: pass it along to your friends and help us build the network! -Steve

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A Sponsor Question…

Aug 11, 2010 1 Comment

Vote on our most recent poll question: 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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Abraham Unrivaled

Aug 03, 2010 2 Comments

Abraham Lincoln placed preservation of the Union ahead of his own political ambition by appointing some of his most vigorous rivals to his cabinet. By engaging these rivals, he crafted better decisions and built support for positions that may have otherwise strengthened his opposition.

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Building Stakeholder Readiness for Change

Aug 01, 2010 4 Comments

Those impacted by significant organizational change are often referred to as “stakeholders” – and preparing these people to be ready for Day-1 of the new change is the most important metric of OCM success. The five steps outlined in this series will help you prepare your stakeholders and make your change successful.

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…Decisions, Decisions…

Jul 30, 2010 1 Comment

Effective and timely decisions can often influence the success of your change initiative. Consider these 5 ways that leaders and teams can make decisions and keep the momentum for change moving along.

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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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