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Change Management

Transformation: Go Big or Go Home

Greg Portell | Posted 07.26.2016 | Business
Greg Portell

Few words are more overused and less understood by corporate America. From functional changes to the next strategic acquisition, all are characterized as "transformation" in hopes of garnering attention in an increasingly complicated business world.

Perceptions Of Reality

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes | Posted 07.25.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

In my book Mastering Change (revised edition, 2016, Adizes Institute Publications) I discuss a concept called "perceptions of reality." I suggest that...

Innovating During Tough Times

David B. Nast | Posted 08.01.2016 | Business
David B. Nast

When should you innovate? When times are tough, most organizations cut costs and hope to weather the storm. As we've discussed in previous articles, hope is not a strategy, and the best time to innovate is ALWAYS.

Change Your Culture - Change Your Results!

Randy Pennington | Posted 07.11.2016 | Business
Randy Pennington

The culture always wins. It doesn't matter if you are a company that wants to move to the next level of performance or a community that wants to trans...

When To Quit

David B. Nast | Posted 07.11.2016 | Business
David B. Nast

Unless you are giving up cigarettes, quitting carries a negative connotation. When does it make sense to give up on your goals? Goal-setting is impo...

The Power of the Story: What Happens When Old Friends Come Together

Kotter International | Posted 07.28.2016 | Business
Kotter International

On a rainy day not long ago, two old friends sat talking. I was lucky enough to overhear and then quick enough to whip out a recorder to catch what they were saying.

Leading Change -- Why It's Hard And What Can Make It Easier

Liana Downey | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Liana Downey

Earlier this week, I ran a program for leaders who are facing major transformation in their organizations. They didn't choose this change -- it has be...

Making Progress When There's No Right Answer

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 06.10.2016 | Education
Christine Nasserghodsi

The moment you realize that you have been wrong about something for a long time can feel disheartening or energizing. This week I attended the Learni...

5 Change Management Lessons from Mac and Cheese

Liz Wainger | Posted 04.18.2016 | Business
Liz Wainger

Mention macaroni and cheese and images of crispy crust, gooey noodles, and lots of feel-good coziness come to mind.

5 Tips For Driving Change

Gordon Tredgold | Posted 04.12.2016 | Business
Gordon Tredgold

Having spent over 25 years leading major transformation change programs, I have been involved in some great success and also witnessed many failures. ...

Africa's Female Entrepreneurs, Part I: Rita Ribeiro-Sales, Designing a Better World

O'Brien Browne | Posted 04.04.2016 | Business
O'Brien Browne

Our first interviewee, Rita, runs a successful architectural practice in Maputo, Mozambique.

Crossing the chasm of risk while embracing change!

Renate Cunneen | Posted 03.15.2016 | Business
Renate Cunneen

Change seems to strike fear in the hearts of so many of us. Changing our homes, our schedules, our relationships, our jobs, are all things we avoid i...

How Perspective, Perception and Baggage Inhibit Change

Randy Pennington | Posted 03.08.2016 | Business
Randy Pennington

Everyone brings baggage to change. Some arrive with small overnight bags. Others lug in big steamer trunks. Sometimes the bags are filled with good stuff -- the positive experiences that give hope for accomplishing great things in the future.

Change Leaders or Change Managers: It Depends on Your Focus

Randy Pennington | Posted 03.01.2016 | Business
Randy Pennington

Allan was at his wits' end. The transformation team he was leading was in chaos. Their work was stalled, and their carefully crafted plan was in dange...

Good Change, Bad Change, and Buy-In

Randy Pennington | Posted 02.25.2016 | Business
Randy Pennington

Don Draper, the fictional advertising guru on the television show "Mad Men" said, "Change is neither good nor bad. It simply is." Good luck convincin...

On Bad Communication

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes | Posted 02.23.2016 | Business
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

You have probably heard this complaint before. And probably more than once: the decision was poorly communicated," "No one really understood what was decided," etc.

What Keeps Us Slow When We Want to Be Faster?

Randy Pennington | Posted 02.17.2016 | Business
Randy Pennington

This message has been around for years: Speed is essential to flourish in a world where past success only ensures that you used to be relevant. Your organization needs to be faster to market, quicker to respond to change, and more resilient when overcoming missteps.

Bet Big on Agility... The Agile Workforce

Pat Wadors | Posted 02.09.2016 | Business
Pat Wadors

This morning when I woke up, I checked my iPhone for any messages through the night. Once again I got a request to accept a new upgrade to my apps. I...

Connect With People Where They Are to Create Buy-In for Change

Randy Pennington | Posted 12.08.2015 | Business
Randy Pennington

Creating the buy-in for change is really about connecting with people where they are. An effective communication plan is a critical first step, but the best change leaders actively involve others to move from awareness and understanding to support.

Leverage Your Greatest Assets to Deliver Results

Randy Pennington | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Randy Pennington

Right now - as you read this sentence - your organization's greatest assets are alienating your customers, resisting changes, or costing your organization money that could be used for more productive uses. I'm talking about your people.

The Secret to Making Change Stick

Gina Soleil | Posted 11.04.2015 | Business
Gina Soleil

It's not about turning people into puppets. Change happens when you respect people for their individual brilliance and value their input along the journey. One thing most people can agree on is that change is hard, uncomfortable and many businesses do it very wrong.

How to Make Business Innovation Simple

Scott Steinberg | Posted 10.20.2015 | Business
Scott Steinberg

Who says innovation has to be difficult? While game-changing breakthrough technologies and new scientific discoveries tend to hog media headlines, it bears remembering: Evolutionary changes (slight shifts in business strategy or thinking) can often be every bit as powerful as revolutionary advancements.

Solving for the Healthcare Workforce Development Gap

Glenn Llopis | Posted 10.13.2015 | Latino Voices
Glenn Llopis

It's time for executives in the healthcare and biomedical fields to define a strategy for change around this minority workforce development gap (burning platform) so that we can finally begin to solve for it - the right way.

Navigating the Messy Middle of Change

Randy Pennington | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Randy Pennington

You are now in the middle of a change. How you arrived here doesn't matter. It could be a planned change gone awry, or perhaps a crisis forced you to do or be something different. It feels as if you are stranded in the median of a busy freeway with traffic speeding by in both direction.

Let's Not Settle for Good But Aspire to Great Work

Despina Katsikakis | Posted 07.29.2016 | Business
Despina Katsikakis

We seem to have adjusted our performance metrics so that good means great, which surely is just not good enough. Healthy, committed and inspired people help businesses perform better, so how wonderful would it be if we aspired to be in optimum health and do great work as the norm?