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Here is the thing: any project that is on-time, on-budget or that has shiny deliverables coming out of our ears will not guarantee that the change from the current state to the future state has been accomplished. And even less of those project-characteristics will guarantee that the change will be sustained when the project is adjourned. None of them.
Designing change can be following the whorl of a shell more than the steps of a pyramid. In practical terms this simply means that a few people begin designing an approximation of the organizational changes desired, with more people joining the design process in waves as the spiral expands.
Real change involves emergent practices, rarely if ever happens form top down pressure. Great post by @DanOestreich (as usual!)
A Guide to Overcoming Resistance to Change. Five questions Change Agents use to move people forward.
Questions are better than statements when resistance is encountered - these are useful.
I’m an ENTP — what are you?
If you’re familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment, you know exactly what I mean, and you’re likely to respond with “I’m an INFJ” or one of the 14 other MBTI types. When you do, we each have shorthand for how the other prefers to think about the world.
MBTI - useful tool for team analytics, diagnostics and planning.
The MBTI is a psychometric assessment that was first published in 1962, based on work that Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother, Katharine Cook Briggs, started as far back as the 1940s. These two psychologists worked from the typological theories of Carl Jung to develop four dichotomies with which they tried to capture our psychological preferences:
Objective A clearly defined Change Management Strategy is essential to achieve the desired future state envisaged through a change programme. It enables the
Nice journey map of a typical organisational change process.
Why do we put off change that is good for us? Our survey of business services procurement in the UK revealed some troubling findings that paint a different picture.
Watch as particles form themselves into amazing but highly coherent patterns at different levels of vibration. And then ponder on the impact of resonance on our world, physical and psychological.
A beautiful and mind-boggling experiment in resonance, unfolding before your eyes! Patterns are all around us, so are vibrations.
Everything...is energy waves...
The benefits of mindfulness, or being fully conscious and aware of one’s actions and surroundings, have been well documented by psychological scientists. Advantages include decreased risk of burnout at work, improved mental health, and smarter decision-making, according to recent studies. Now, researchers are turning their attention to a potential new connection: mindfulness and creativity.
Funny how @LeadershipABC so often hits on a topic I'm thinking about! Check out this article from Brain Pickings for more on how to be an explorer of the world!
Great article Bobby! Thanks for sharing!
We believe the rumors have been greatly exaggerated but many have questioned what motives might underlie Professor Jill Lepore’s frontal assault in the "The New Yorker" on disruptive innovation theory and it’s creator, fellow Harvard Professor Clayton Christensen.
When is copying flattery, when is it thievery, and when is it sheer genius? In this hour, TED speakers explore how sampling, borrowing, and riffing make all of us innovators.
A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ - and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.
'Some people see things others cannot, and they are right, and we call them creative geniuses. Some people see things others cannot, and they are wrong, and we call them mentally ill. And some people, like John Nash, are both.'
Many organizations, in pursuit of growth, understand the need to be agile in every aspect of their business—from faster decision making to more flexible operations to collaborative ventures. Yet, there is often a gap between that awareness and cohesive action. The Accenture study on agility explores the common characteristics of agile businesses.
Read Accenture’s research to understand how leaders act to become more agile.
Good article on the "Agile Organisation".
I remember back in the 1990's when I became a project manager. I especially remember my first project management course, in 1991, where the instructor dramatically announced that more than 50% of projects fail.
And today, in 2014, not much has changed. CIO magazine reports that the failure rate remains about the same.
"When employees have to change, change fails. Plain and simple. The key lies in making employees want to change." Passionate plea form Jesper Lowgren.
Many leaders excel at building the rational case for change, but they are less adept in appealing to people’s emotional core. Yet the employees’ emotions are where the momentum for real transformation ultimately lies.
Change management communications need to be targeted to each segment of the workforce, and delivered in a two-way fashion that allows people to make sense of the change subjectively.
Change is really a people process, and people being creatures of habit are typically resistantto adopting new mind-sets, practices, and behaviors.
People change with their hearts - business cases only win minds!
Communities are on my mind this week: we interact with them in so many ways, find them in so many places and achieve so much within and alongside them (which is why they sit at the heart of Social ...
Communities as the engine of change - happens anyway, so why not drive them deliberately?
A case study of US financial services firm, Capital One and how it used digital technologies to disrupt the financial services industry (Capital One - a case study. Digital transformation.
A shift in strategic thinking is underway as boards come to realise that they must respond faster to the changes shaping the global marketplace. The old notion of a set five-year plan has been transformed by the use of more emergent strategies, where assumptions about the future are tested more frequently and, if a new direction is needed, the business is fluid enough to be able to adapt quickly.
The future is emergent - agile business recognise this and change tack faster and with more empowerment.
Business Planning is so essential that those that don’t do this are doomed to failure. The greatest threat to a ship’s captain is not having detailed navigation charts to steer his ship through uncharted waters. Likewise, the greatest threat to a business owner is not having a plan on how to steer his business through difficult periods of economic slowdown or catastrophic market changes without suffering shipwreck. http://www.mjfgroup.biz/business-planning/
IDEO knows a thing or two about building businesses: The renowned design firm specializes in designing organizations, products and experiences that will revolutionize the way things work, and has helped revamp companies ranging from Kraft Foods to the National Health Services. So how did the international agency go about creating an innovative workplace of its own?
Building and developing a creative culture among employees has been at the core of IDEO from its founding, says Duane Bray, head of global talent. Indeed, IDEO’s culture has been written about by Harvard Business Review, among other publications.
The foundation of its culture rests on seven principle values, which IDEO published in the Culture Code campaign.
IDEO has thrived on 7 values - here they are, plus how to embed them.
The Children's Party Story introduces the nature of systems and complexity through the use of a simple metaphor that resonates widely. One of the key learning stories from Dave Snowden of Cognitive Edge.
Funny introduction to complexity by the creator of the highly useful Cynefin framework
What high-flying companies know about growth that no one else does.
The ability of organizations to create real impact--through things like data, smarter growth, and empowering of constituents--is growing every day.