Change Agent Tip #12: Don’t Let Buzzwords Get Lost in Translation

Oct 05, 2011 1 Comment by

Every domain of expertise has it’s buzzwords. I have heard buzzword horror stories from Change Agents working in fields as wide-ranging as medicine, agriculture and technology.  They each described communication problems that arose from people assuming others understood what what was being said when they used what seemed like common terms. Here are a few […]

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Understanding What Makes People Tick

Sep 28, 2011 3 Comments by

This is Wendy Appel. She’s one of the world’s foremost experts on a tool called the Enneagram which sheds light on people’s underlying core beliefs and motivations. Even more importantly, it can help people use this understanding to be more effective in nearly any setting that requires humans to interact. So What’s an Enneagram? The […]

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Change Agent Tip#11: Access Equals Impact

Sep 26, 2011 1 Comment

In this final post of a 4-part series, I’ll wrap up a recipe for change success based on the notion that Change Agents should treat their work like a project. The first three posts suggested you apply classic project management discipline to: … clearly define and manage change activities, … execute change adoption plans based […]

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Change Agent Tip #9: Leaders Need to Step Up

Sep 04, 2011 5 Comments

People often ask me the difference between “Change Management” and “Change Leadership”. In my last post, I answered the question with the old axiom: “You manage things and you lead people…”. I also listed some of the critical things (such as work activities, budgets and schedule dependencies) that Change Agents need to manage. Today I’ll […]

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Change Agent Tip #8: Know What to Manage

Aug 27, 2011 1 Comment

When it comes to driving significant change in an organization, the old paradigm “…you manage things and you lead people…” is fairly accurate and surprisingly useful. Today’s tip covers how to recognize which elements of a Change Agent’s work are best addressed by management techniques. My next post will address the elements that require Change […]

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Prepare for Politics and Trolls!

Aug 22, 2011 3 Comments

Most large-scale changes will at some point confront political resistance within some or all of the business units that make up the larger organization. The late, great American politician and House Speaker Tip O’Neill used to say: “All politics is local.” Hence, today’s post will offer advice on how to identify which of the five […]

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Change Agent Tip #7: Show a Little R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

Aug 15, 2011 1 Comment

In order to be effective as a Change Agent, it’s not only critical that we are viewed as being aware of how our change will impact a given stakeholder’s daily life. We also need to be seen as being empathetic to the stakeholder’s frame of reference. In the most effective Change Agent-to-Stakeholder relationships, this pattern […]

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Why People Resist Change

Aug 08, 2011 4 Comments

In my last post, I described a process Change Agents can use to gather preliminary data about the types of resistance they may expect to their change. As you follow through on the surveys, interviews and site visits as I described, you will start to amass a wealth of raw data. This data will contain […]

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Rooting Out Resistance to Change

Jul 31, 2011 3 Comments

Every change is subject to some level of resistance and stakeholders will express it in any number of ways. Instead of simply tolerating resistance or cowering in the face of it – Change Agents should seek out the loudest detractors and leverage the momentum they can provide. The first steps to converting negative resistance into […]

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Change Agent Tip #4: Be Careful Driving the Bus

Jun 20, 2011 4 Comments

Sponsors and Change Agents often use a common metaphor when they encourage the targets of their change to “get on the bus before it leaves“. When it comes to helping people deal with change, the only outcomes worse than seeing stakeholders miss that bus could be seeing them get on the wrong bus or even […]

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Change Agent Tip #3: Engage Your Boss – and Their Boss

Jun 12, 2011 4 Comments

Most significant change initiatives show up on the radar of your organization’s leadership team at some point. The most effective changes are given executive sponsorship attention early in the planning stages. The classic disasters are noticed only when things go wrong. The best Change Agents aggressively verify Sponsorship all the way up the org chart. […]

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Change Agent Tip #2: Communicate Using Multiple Channels

Jun 08, 2011 No Comments

Change Agents seeking to plant key messages about their change in the minds of stakeholders must compete with a growing cacophony of information being fed to their target audience. A great way to be heard is to deliver consistent, clear messages using many different channels.Here’s a short list of stakeholder channels I’ve seen or used […]

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Change Agent Tip #1 – Define Your Change

Jun 06, 2011 No Comments

It may seem like an obvious thing to do, but many organizations begin rolling out big changes with no clear definition of what they’re changing or who needs to know about it. Here are a few pointers on how to effectively define your change: Write it Down: Capture the definition of your change in writing. […]

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He Said – She Said – They Said – We Said

Jun 04, 2011 1 Comment

One of the more famous movie lines from the 1960’s comes from the Paul Newman classic “Cool Hand Luke”.  A road prison guard (played by the late, great character actor Strother Martin) addressed what he had just discovered to be the reason why a prisoner named Luke (played by Newman) keeps trying to escape: “What […]

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Smart Change Agent Tricks

Apr 26, 2011 No Comments

What can Change Agents do to have the maximum positive impact in their role? In my last post I introduced the idea that it can help to first realize that everyone on the team can positively influence successful change. In other words – everyone on the team is a Change Agent. There are also several […]

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Six Rules for Communication

Feb 06, 2011 3 Comments

Those guiding organizational change spend a good deal of their time helping people communicate.  Sometimes a communicator’s best intentions can go awry if they ignore a few simple rules for communication effectiveness.  Today I will offer six basic rules that you should consider when sending out messages to large groups of stakeholders. Here’s my short […]

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Shoffee Picks a Win-Win When

Jan 08, 2011 5 Comments

Q: When is the perfect time for a business to introduce a major change? A: There is no perfect time. But you can choose an optimal time based on your internal & external business cycles and the expectations of your customers. One Great Cup of Joe I had a great customer experience recently with the […]

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