Don’t Out-Kick Your Coverage!

Oct 11, 2010 No Comments

This is my son Ben:  He’s an SQL programmer and he brought up a cool sports analogy the other day that really applies to the leadership role in team dynamics – especially the scenario where a “new boss” is asked to take over a team or a project.  As we talked, Ben brought up the […]

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Plan the Work – Work the Plan

Oct 04, 2010 No Comments

In a previous post, I shared what core activities should be in a good Organizational Change Management (OCM) Plan. Now let’s look at how to do the work of planning for your OCM project. The Art of Planning: I’m going to use the word “plan” as a verb here.  When I say “plan for OCM” […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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