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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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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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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Shoot or Dish the Rock?

Dec 05, 2010 1 Comment

Shoot or Dish the Rock? That’s the question facing every basketball player each time they touch the ball. I love to watch basketball – especially at the college level where the athletes are talented enough to dazzle us yet still inexperienced enough to make crushing mistakes on a national television stage. And what’s the most […]

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Cool Your Cakes!

Nov 14, 2010 2 Comments

People, People, People!  Project Management would be so much easier if it were not for the challenge of managing people, right? Today’s article will focus on the human side as we wrap up a list of project management best practices I’ve learned from the kitchen. Context: The 1933 cookbook “All About Home Baking” suggested 6 […]

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Tech Time-Wasters

Nov 06, 2010 No Comments

Many Brits cheered new British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent ban on cell phone use during cabinet meetings.  Cameron, who is an avid technophile himself, (his favorite cell phone game is reportedly Angry Birds) reasoned that the entire group would be more focused and would conduct the people’s business more quickly by paying full attention.  […]

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8 Big Rocks Part-II

Nov 01, 2010 No Comments

Today I’ll share the final four items on my list of Big Rocks that those in charge of making change happen should consider.  These ideas were inspired by the answers I received from members of a LinkedIn discussion forum when I asked this question: “What should you plan for when you’re in charge of making […]

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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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Lessons From the Zoo

Sep 22, 2010 1 Comment

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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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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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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