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When it Comes to Transformational Change, Are You the Caterpillar or the Butterfly?

When it Comes to Transformational Change, Are You the Caterpillar or the Butterfly? | Business change | Scoop.it
There’s a parable about two caterpillars crawling together along across a leafy garden when a butterfly swooped perilously close. Said one to the other: “You’l… (Are you the caterpillar or the butterfly of IT leadership?

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Managing Change in a Small Organisation...

Managing Change in a Small Organisation... | Business change | Scoop.it

Until I set up a small organisation, my experience of managing change had been within large public sector organisations where it often felt like a massive task to work through, planning and implementing best practice and nurturing the right kind of response and flexibility to bring about transformation.

Now, leading a small organisation, I can see how much better they are to react and adapt to the need for change and provided, as the head of the organisation, I play to my own strengths and those of my team, change can happen quickly and with success.

There are a number of practices I’ve found that really help me to make changes within the organisation.

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Change lessons from David that could help Goliath.

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Why is being Agile so Hard ~ Future of CIO

Why is being Agile so Hard ~ Future of CIO | Business change | Scoop.it
Agile becomes mainstream software management philosophy and methodology,  however, most of organizations are at the stage of doing Agile, not being agile, doing agile is a set of activities; but being agile is the state of mind, the ongoing capability and the culture adaptability. To dig through, why is being agile so hard?


"Agile is a silver mirror, not a silver bullet": You have to do continuous reflection.

Via Riaz Khan
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Doing Agile is only an engineering practice, but being agile is the multidisciplinary challenge from top-down and bottom-up.~ Future of CIO

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Gary Bamford's curator insight, December 22, 3:02 AM

Be 'agile' not 'fragile' ..... keeping the cattle in the herd.

Gary Bamford's comment, December 22, 3:04 AM
I enjoyed the read - just about spot on!
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Why Change Management Fails

Why Change Management Fails | Business change | Scoop.it

In the past, efforts at organizational change that have focused on the structural aspects of organizations have systematically failed because they have neglected the reality that change doesn't happen without individual people changing their thinking, beliefs and behavior.

In an article in the McKinsey Quarterly, Emily Lawson and Colin Price argue that change success in large organizations depends on persuading hundreds or thousands of groups and individuals to change the way they work, a transformation people will accept only if they can be persuaded to think differently about their jobs.



Via Cindy Seiwert
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Change is an inside-out process, beginning with individuals, particularly leaders, not an outside-in process.Focus on behaviour to up your average!

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Greg Wisniewski's curator insight, December 9, 4:30 PM

New study shows that 75% of initiatives fail and when changes fail, people grow cynical - yeah, now I can understand some behaviours.

Ian Berry's curator insight, December 21, 8:02 PM

There's some good reasons about why change management fails in this piece not least of which is that change can't be managed.

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Top 7+ disruptive business trends

Top 7+ disruptive business trends | Business change | Scoop.it
How disruptive is your business? Companies that do the same old things, make only incremental changes, and demonstrate “me-too” thinking will get left behind in today’s rapidly changing, hyper-competitive, disruptive world.
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Some trends in disruption by @torbenrick - well worth pondering on. Will you be a thriver or a victim?

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Build a change platform, not a change program

Build a change platform, not a change program | Business change | Scoop.it
It’s not you, it’s your company. Management Innovation eXchange founders Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini believe that continuous improvement requires the creation of change platforms, rather than change programs ordained and implemented from the top. A McKinsey & Company article.

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McKinsey, Hamel  on successful change.

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Don Dea's curator insight, December 18, 12:41 AM

Transformational-change initiatives have a dismal track record. In 1996, Harvard Business School professor John Kotter claimed that nearly 70 percent of large-scale change programs didn’t meet their goals,1 and virtually every survey since has shown similar results. Why is change so confounding? We don’t think the issue lies with an understanding of its building blocks—Kotter’s classic eight-step change-management model is still a helpful guide. The problem lies in beliefs about who is responsible for launching change and how change is implemented.

Gary Bamford's curator insight, December 18, 2:49 AM

Don't change ..... evolve!

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PMO is not a Dirty Word | Innovation Management

PMO is not a Dirty Word | Innovation Management | Business change | Scoop.it
Many product organizations have some type of Project Management Office (PMO), even if they refer to it by a different name. The PMO is a critical component to a successful product delivery, yet it often carries a reputation for being heavy-handed policy enforcers. When focused on the right things, the PMO plays a pivotal role in driving innovation process excellence and ensuring profitability.
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What part of your organisation owns the project and portfolio management processes, tools, training, and reporting?

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Why Only The Agile Survive

Why Only The Agile Survive | Business change | Scoop.it
The average lifespan of a company listed in the S&P 500 has shrunk by more than 50 years in the last century, from 67 years in the 1920s to 15 years today, according to Yale professor Richard Foster. Today's rate of change "is at a faster pace than ever," he says. Foster predicts that by 2020, more than three-fourths of the S&P 500 will be companies we don't know about today.

One of the greatest challenges that business leaders and, by extension, their enterprises face is the ability to quickly respond to this constantly accelerating market change and to act as the catalyst of organizational adaptation.

Agility, by definition, is an enterprise's response to change and challenges driven by macro- and micro-economic conditions.
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4 ways to demonstrate agility and stay relevant for VUCA times.

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The Heart of Innovation: The Awesome Power of Immersion

The Heart of Innovation: The Awesome Power of Immersion | Business change | Scoop.it
"If I had an hour to solve a problem," explained Albert Einstein, "I'd spend the first 55 minutes thinking about the problem, and the last five solving it."

Translation? One of the secrets to having a big breakthrough is immersion -- "the state of being deeply engaged, involved, or absorbed."

Immersion is the ocean in which our fabulous insights, ideas, and illuminations are swimming. That's why Yogis seek out caves, embryos gestate, and writers go on retreat.
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What can you do, this week, month, or quarter, to unplug from the daily grind and give yourself the luxury of immersion?

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3 Secrets to Innovation

3 Secrets to Innovation | Business change | Scoop.it
I have always maintained that seeing the future is less a matter of imagination, and more one of observation. Being able to gain powerful insights into the game-changing developments that will disrupt your business is an essential skill to success. And today I want to discuss three powerful principles that drive my work, which I’ve seen implemented to great effect in a vast array of domains, both public and private.
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Give your customers the ability to do what they would want to do if only they knew it was possible'~ Daniel Burrus

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Innovation Comes In 4 Shades Of Gray - Forbes

Innovation Comes In 4 Shades Of Gray - Forbes | Business change | Scoop.it

Many people define innovation in business to mean the development of new products. Let’s expand that description to include some of the gradations that should not be lost in this normally black-and-white polarization. There are shades of gray which all bring value in their own way.

A comprehensive approach to innovation should yield all of the following, and the benefits seem to appear in this order:

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There are many ways to innovate.  Is there a hierarchy of how to escalate?

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10 Ways to Spot an Opportunity

10 Ways to Spot an Opportunity | Business change | Scoop.it

Once you come up with a promising insight, there is no guarantee that success will follow, of course.

 

You need to turn a great insight into a thriving business, which is incredibly difficult.

 

But with that throat-clearing out of the way, you can apply 10 simple tests to discover an idea worth pursuing.


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antonio velardo's curator insight, December 10, 8:05 AM

Once you come up with a promising insight, there is no guarantee that success will follow, of course.

 

You need to turn a great insight into a thriving business, which is incredibly difficult.

 

But with that throat-clearing out of the way, you can apply 10 simple tests to discover an idea worth pursuing.

 

Some food for thought on these techniques~Antonio Velardo

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Blog » The Yin & Yang of Change Management | Changefirst

Blog » The Yin & Yang of Change Management | Changefirst | Business change | Scoop.it

Organizations are going through an increasing number of major changes every year.
6 out of 10 survey respondents said that their organizsation faced 3 or more major changes per year, 1 in 4 said the number of changes was double that and 48% of respondents characterised that the pace of change is getting faster and increasingly unpredictable. Certainly, for large organizations you could probably double that number right now but for small to medium sized enterprises its probably right.


What I did find extremely enlightening was the data the report had on the blend of internal and external resources that organizations use. What seems clear is that organizations who are highly effective at managing change use external resources more than their comparator group who only use external resources for certain key tasks.

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One key to unlock change value in organisations is to pair internal and external resources.

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A Strategist’s Guide to the Internet of Things

A Strategist’s Guide to the Internet of Things | Business change | Scoop.it
Humanity has arrived at a critical threshold in the evolution of computing. By 2020, an estimated 50 billion devices around the globe will be connected to the Internet. Perhaps a third of them will be computers, smartphones, tablets, and TVs. The remaining two-thirds will be other kinds of “things”: sensors, actuators, and newly invented intelligent devices that monitor, control, analyze, and optimize our world.

This seemingly sudden trend has been decades in the making, but is just now hitting a tipping point. The arrival of the “Internet of Things” (IoT) represents a transformative shift for the economy, similar to the introduction of the PC itself. It incorporates other major technology industry trends such as cloud computing, data analytics, and mobile communications, but goes beyond them. Unlike earlier efforts to track and control large systems, such as radio-frequency identification (RFID), the Internet connection gives this shift almost limitless versatility. The IoT also opens a range of new business opportunities for a variety of players. These opportunities tend to fall into three broad strategic categories, each reflecting a different type of enterprise:

“Enablers” that develop and implement the underlying technology
“Engagers” that design, create, integrate, and deliver IoT services to customers
“Enhancers” that devise their own value-added services, on top of the services provided by Engagers, that are unique to the Internet of Things
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What will your strategy be in a world that is on the brink of another computer revolution? This article may help!

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Hacking for Innovation with Elliott Masie | Big Think

Hacking for Innovation with Elliott Masie | Big Think | Business change | Scoop.it
Futurist and Business/Learning expert Elliott Masie recently visited Big Think to discuss the positive qualities of hacking. No, not  the sort of hacking that just this week brought Sony Pictures to its knees. Masie's talking about hackathons:

Via jean lievens
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Need to be more disruptive in 2015? Consider a hackathon.

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Innovation Excellence | The Eight Dimensions of Strategic Thinking

Innovation Excellence | The Eight Dimensions of Strategic Thinking | Business change | Scoop.it

As a means or algorithm to discover options for planning, I have identified what I call the Eight Dimensions of Strategic Thinking. These dimensions come from both academic theory and my personal consulting experience. I have spent over twenty years teaching Strategic Development at both the Ph.D. level and MBA level in several universities in Minnesota. I have read numerous textbooks and business books on strategy as well as the more famous works by Sun Tzu, Clausewitz, Machiavelli, Ohmae, Porter and many other theorists over the years. More importantly, I have had firsthand experience doing strategic planning in health care organizations, manufacturing organizations, industry associations, non-profits and government organizations for more than twenty five years now. 


Via Bonnie Hohhof
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'All models are wrong, but some are useful.' ~ George EP Box.  Heres a useful framework for strategic implementation 

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5 Ways Leaders Strengthen And Prepare Their Teams For Change

5 Ways Leaders Strengthen And Prepare Their Teams For Change | Business change | Scoop.it

Leadership is about taking the initiative to do the things others would rather avoid doing – and about allowing risk to be your best friend.   Leaders make those around them better by being wise enough to anticipate the unexpected and by being accountable to take action all the way through to the end. They know how to help their teams tackle change head-on and remove the fear-factor from their minds. They do this by creating environments that embrace clarity around the issues, collaboration to produce new ideas, and strategic focus. They build solid ecosystems where thinking courageously and challenging the old ways of doing things create competitive advantage.

As many companies enter 2015 in full-blown transformation mode, the value of leadership lies within the outcomes of reinventing the ways teams think, act and innovate.  Leaders must become change agents and must teach their teams to do the same to assure circumstances don’t force their hand and to create and sustain the required momentum to win.


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Was there ever a time that was more uncertain than today? Are leaders prepared to manage it by strengthening teams around them?

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Strategic principles for competing in the digital age | McKinsey & Company

Strategic principles for competing in the digital age | McKinsey & Company | Business change | Scoop.it
Digitization is rewriting the rules of competition, with incumbent companies most at risk of being left behind. Here are six critical decisions CEOs must make to address the strategic challenge posed by the digital revolution.

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Samira Tou's curator insight, December 18, 3:52 PM
Very well structured article which encompasses a lot of the challenges different businesses are going through or will have to go through to remain strong in the digital transformation process - And a wise quote "(...) digitization is a moving target. (...) [it] is a journey, not a destination (...)" 
Foglino's curator insight, December 19, 9:11 AM

Effective ongoing presence in the proper social media with the prpper messages is certainly a good start.

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Appreciative Inquiry for Change Management

Appreciative Inquiry for Change Management | Business change | Scoop.it

As anyone who has worked in a large enterprise knows, organizations often fail to acknowledge and leverage the human side in their change initiatives, and they struggle mightily as a result. Psychologists Sarah Lewis and Jonathan Passmore, and consultant Stefan Cantore offer an overview of a variety of conversation-based change management methods in use today, with a particular focus on “Appreciative Inquiry” (AI). Because people create and exist in organizations, these collectives suffer the same conflict, chaos and endless complexity that human beings do, so it makes sense to bring human sensibilities into the business world.


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Appreciative Inquiry is a perfect change vehicle for our times.  Engage people in creating a different future!

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Top 4 change management comic strips

Top 4 change management comic strips | Business change | Scoop.it
Change management comic – Resistance to change

Expecting resistance to change and planning for it from the start of your change management progamme will allow you to effectively manage objections. Understanding the most common reasons people object to change gives you the opportunity to plan your change strategy.
David Hain's insight:

Nice points made with humour by @Torben Rick

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Gary Bamford's curator insight, December 16, 2:07 AM

As one of my bosses used to say, if you going to make a change may as well make a big one - usually just before the software never worked again! Enjoy.

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, December 16, 5:28 AM

Funny and true:-)

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From the Knowledge Economy to the Human Economy

From the Knowledge Economy to the Human Economy | Business change | Scoop.it

Over the course of the 20th century, the mature economies of the world evolved from being industrial economies to knowledge economies. Now we are at another watershed moment, transitioning to human economies—and the shift has profound implications for management.


This notion of a human operating system appeals to me because it hints at how fundamental the commitment to humanity has to be in a company. Many times, we see businesses launching initiatives or projects that take on problems such as bureaucracy or bribery. Think about these efforts as programs or “apps”—they are individually targeted at important problems, but without an operating system that lets them talk to each other and to the “hardware” of the organization, they can’t accomplish much.

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Study of >1,000 CEOs: above all they seek people who are collaborative, communicative, creative, and flexible - using human skills!

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6 Guerilla Project Management Tips to Let SMBs Take Control - Business 2 Community

6 Guerilla Project Management Tips to Let SMBs Take Control - Business 2 Community | Business change | Scoop.it

Project management might have started years ago with large construction companies and big IT developments. Now however, it’s available to any enterprise, whatever its size. Project management software lets SMBs in on the act too. The difference is in the approach. Large corporations can afford dedicated project and program managers, and a team for running their dedicated project management offices. SMBs on the other hand may well find it difficult to allocate even one person fulltime to project management activities. Compared to the project management armies of the Fortune 500 companies, SMBs may do better with some good guerilla tactics.

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Few change resources? Use project management apps to help

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Do you have an Agile state of mind?

Do you have an Agile state of mind? | Business change | Scoop.it

Learn How to Transition to Agile or a Mixed Methodology Approach


Via Saverio Losito, PMP
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Free e-book on Agile 101 here. 

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Saverio Losito, PMP's curator insight, December 11, 6:40 AM

Waterfall to #Agile Free Ebook -- 20 Experts -- Make the Transition to Agile or a Mix

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Moving from the Internet of Things To The Internet of Everything

Moving from the Internet of Things To The Internet of Everything | Business change | Scoop.it

“More relevant and valuable connections will change the world.”

Or at least, that is the viewpoint of Cisco’s Chief Futurist Dave Evans (2012), discussing the importance of the Internet of Everything (IoE) and what this will mean for us all. Importantly, as Evans clearly points out, despite the developments of the past 50 years and with tremendous improvements in communications, medicine, science and more there are still some very basic, fundamental problems that remain with the human race. Not least of which is the fact that the human race has itself nearly tripled in the past 50 years. Evans details these well-known problems as being hunger, access to drinking water and disease. Additionally the global financial system has demonstrated itself to not be as stable as we thought. Climate change also threatens our existence in many ways. Evans suggests that when used effectively the Internet has the capability to help us to deal with many of the issues we face in society today.

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The internet is a great tool and will be better, but human motivation to make a difference- together - comes first and last!

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The Use of the Cynefin Model for Innovation

The Use of the Cynefin Model for Innovation | Business change | Scoop.it

Using the Cynefin model allows you to begin to think about the appropriate innovation and what is needed in practice and thinking approach. It allows you to begin to be prompted in what the possible constraints might be, to allow you or not to explore innovation in these different domains.


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Everyone in complex systems should understand this model. Cynefin 101

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Build an Innovation Engine in 90 Days

Build an Innovation Engine in 90 Days | Business change | Scoop.it
Get a reliable system up and running fast.
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90 days of culture change - could they lead to new futures?

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