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Change Management And The Power Of Language

Change Management And The Power Of Language | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
Language has a huge role to play in the bedding in of new ways of doing things. Language actually defines a culture because it is literally how people connect – changing it significantly shifts the parameters of, and the context for, what is defined, accepted and encouraged. Here are five interconnected ways you can change your language to better complement the actions you intend taking.
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Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, July 10, 2014 8:29 PM

Just as every culture was generated and sustained by what people chose to highlight and reinforce, shifts will come when people get the chance to reset the boundaries through conversation. Words are much more than the means to that end. They are the most powerful and vibrant signals because they actually define how actions continue to be talked about. Without that, you have a dumb organization – one muted into doing, guessing and, inevitably, politicking.

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Now is the time ... David Williams is a Consulting Changeologist and Virtual Global Coach with international experience as a senior executive responsible for implementing transformational change across all levels of an organisation. A professionally Accredited Prosci Change Management Practitioner, David has also completed the Advanced Program at the Change Management Learning Center, Chicago, USA. Change Samurai is a Global Resource Centre for the professional change practitioner implementing corporate transformation.
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Why don’t strategies stick?

Why don’t strategies stick? | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
Narratives are much more memorable than bullet points on a PowerPoint slide when trying to make your teams understand your strategy
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Leading Teams through Change at the Speed of Business

Leading Teams through Change at the Speed of Business | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
How to guide your team amid uncertainty, without losing momentum.
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Creating value from change

Creating value from change | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
There is a steadily increasing focus within organisations on managing change and maximising the opportunities change is supposed to generate through realised
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Expressworks International's curator insight, May 11, 11:09 AM

It you find the content of this article useful, you may find Thomas Jarocki's blog post interesting as well.

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5 Types of Toxic Employees (And How To Deal With Them) [Infographic]

5 Types of Toxic Employees (And How To Deal With Them) [Infographic] | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
Dealing with uncooperative employees can be a real pain. Good managers have the ability to recognize the problem-makers and turn them into productive workers.
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Change Management and CAVE People!

Change Management and CAVE People! | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
Workers may respond to organizational change with resistance. A key to managing change is mitigating resistance by identifying its sources and causes.
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How to avoid change management confusion, anxiety, resistance, frustration and false starts.

How to avoid change management confusion, anxiety, resistance, frustration and false starts. | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
So you want change? How to avoid change management confusion, anxiety, resistance, frustration and false starts.
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What is Change Management?

What is Change Management? | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
What is Change Management? What is change management? And I mean very specifically, what is change management? And why is it relevant to results management? It’s a question, a task to define, that ...
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Paul Summers's curator insight, April 5, 10:03 AM

Adaptability is the factor, yet so much of what passes as learning & development is about compliance to process and prescriptive practice.

Susanna Lavialle's curator insight, April 5, 3:56 PM

One step I have noticed (that is too often forgotten) is the need to define clearly the change scope : what changes, what is the desired future state and what are all the elements that need to change. Clarity and top leadership alignment on the change objectives is critical. Also, the leader's role is to ensure that the changes will be measured - the change team should make sure this is transferred into the operational metrics. Often, if the change gets off track, the targets were not clear for all - or some key people were just being measured (and recognized) for performing well according to the past processes and standards. 

Easier said than done.

Ian Berry's curator insight, April 5, 7:40 PM

This article has some good insights. The trouble is the premise Change management is an oxymoron. It can't be managed. We lead change and manage the things around it. Like people management also an oxymoron we need to bite the bullet and drop change management as a concept all together.

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Delivering Retail Innovation Through Better Change Management

Delivering Retail Innovation Through Better Change Management | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
New technologies and shopping options have empowered consumers, who now expect immersive experiences that align with their personal needs. To meet the...
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10 Principles of Organization Design

10 Principles of Organization Design | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
These fundamental guidelines, drawn from experience, can help you reshape your organization to fit your business strategy.
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Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, March 29, 10:23 AM

Excellent article on Org Design

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The Neuroscience Of Why Organizational Change Fails

The Neuroscience Of Why Organizational Change Fails | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
Neuroscience is one of my favorite topics, and recently it’s one of the things I spend most of my free time learning about. More and more, leaders will need to understand the neuroscience and psych…
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Gillian Haley's curator insight, May 25, 10:13 PM

Statistics from Towers Watson, Deloitte and others back up the neuroscience insights in this informative article.

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Factoring Change Management into Return On Investment (ROI)

Factoring Change Management into Return On Investment (ROI) | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
Yes, there is generally provision for much-needed internal or external project management resources, but only sometimes an assessment of risk is included that hints at the fact that people and processes will also need to change.
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Change Management Process - Step 7: Sustain Acceleration

Change Management Process - Step 7: Sustain Acceleration | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
Jack Welch once stated, "an organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage." The same is true for the organizational change. Last week we discussed Step 6: Generate Short-Term Wins. This week, we direct our attention to Dr. John Kotter, Harvard Business School Professor and Entrepreneur, Change Management Process Step 7: Sustain Acceleration. The purpose of this post is to discuss the what, why, and how change management pr
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The dumb idea that people fear change

The dumb idea that people fear change | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
There's a longstanding bromide in IT circles that people fear change, and a key activity for leaders is to mitigate that fear. Patrick Gray explores why this notion is completely misguided.
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Anne Landreat's curator insight, April 28, 1:26 PM

And that's the reason why I am not working on so called "change resistance". Because the resistance nor the change are the problems. And trying to overcome resistance is exhausting and generally unfruitful, if not dangerous.

Working on all the things that might influence people to desire the change for themselves is way more interesting and rewarding.

 

Ian Berry's curator insight, April 29, 3:15 AM

We're all prepared to change. We just don't like feeling we're being forced to change by somebody else

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Dealing with change: leadership and management

Dealing with change: leadership and management | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
Technological change can cause fear and confusion in the workplace. IT specialist Wirebird helps lead and manage business transformation
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Breaking the Cycle of Constant Action Planning

Breaking the Cycle of Constant Action Planning | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
Shifting the focus to implementation is what produces results.
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The Change Management Experience – Reducing Resistance

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One of the most difficult challenges organizations can face is resistance to change. IT groups can help reduce risk by improving their change management processes.
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John Kotter’s 8 steps for business transformation

John Kotter’s 8 steps for business transformation | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
Harvard Business School leadership and change guru Dr John P. Kotter’s eight steps for business transformation have helped leaders improve their organisations. Here’s how it’s done
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Andrew Spence's curator insight, April 13, 5:56 AM

This is a nice summary of Kotter's 8 Steps for successful change management.


Language is important in leading change, and this version interprets the steps with some new descriptions (to me anyway)

e.g.  "unleash burning ambition" and "lean into the gap"


These might work on your change programme - but use discretion!



Gary Johnsen's curator insight, May 4, 8:43 AM

New perspective on Kooter's traditional  change model

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The new ‘ABCs’ of Internal Communication: 3 steps to achievement

The new ‘ABCs’ of Internal Communication: 3 steps to achievement | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
We know the role of Internal Communication is changing. But so is the role of the communicator. Baker & McKenzie’s Jeff Zwier explores the first of three emerging aspects of the IC role in his second post in our series on this hot topic.
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Gillian Haley's curator insight, April 24, 12:29 PM

Digital disruption is changing everything. Keep abreast of emerging changes to internal communication best practices.

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The Mismanagement Of Change & 5 Ways To Get It Right

The Mismanagement Of Change & 5 Ways To Get It Right | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
This post focuses on how to maintain a sense of certainty and how to allow employees to assign personal significance & meaning to change.
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Ian Berry's curator insight, April 3, 7:18 PM

Good insights For me we have massively overcomplicated everything to do with change. We need a shared-view with people about where we are (reality), where we're going (possibility), why we're going there (purpose), how we'll get there (strategy), who will do what and when (execution), how we'll know we're on track (milestones and lead measures), and how we'll behave along the way (culture and values). It's not easy. It is simple.

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Digital hives: Creating a surge around change

Digital hives: Creating a surge around change | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
Online communities are helping companies engage with employees to accelerate change. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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Expressworks International's curator insight, April 3, 2:43 PM

Social technologies are breaking down departmental silos, and facilitating better engagement and input from all levels of the organization.

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To the young and the not too old, I say, look at the horizon, find that rainbow, go ride it

To the young and the not too old, I say, look at the horizon, find that rainbow, go ride it | the Change Samurai | Scoop.it
To the young and the not too old, I say, look at the horizon, find that rainbow, go ride it. - Lee Kuan Yew, Speech to the Singapore Press Club on Friday, 7 June 1996 at Raffles Hotel Original photo credit: Luke Ma...
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