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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Soldier, Statesman, Leader

Oct 25, 2010 No Comments

Earlier I discussed two of my four favorite traits of former US Secretary of State and Four-Star Army General Colin Powell. The four traits I admired upon reading his autobiography were his humility, flexibility, raw leadership gifts and problem-solving skills. The fact that he used these skills consistently from the battlefield to the boardroom makes […]

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Oct 16, 2010 2 Comments

You may be familiar with an interesting little red book of quotes put out by Andrews McMeel Publishing a couple years ago called “Keep Calm and Carry On.”  The book’s familiar design and title are drawn from a poster that was created by the British Ministry of Information for British soldiers before World War II. […]

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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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Critical Success Factors for SAP SRM

Oct 07, 2010 1 Comment

As promised, today’s post is a summary of the material I co-presented with a client today at the America’s SAP User’s Group (ASUG) Fall Focus in Orlando.  We talked about some of the most important things to consider when implementing SAP’s Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), but these critical success factors could be applied to almost […]

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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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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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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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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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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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