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Assess… what?

Do Change Impact Assessments give you actionable knowledge? At #acmpconnect (on-going Change Management conference, moved from Anaheim, CA to online) Saketh Chinni and Wayne Burkan challenged this in their live session “Mastering Change by Breaking the OCM Mold” – where they also questioned other parts of “standard” Change Management approaches in a refreshing and, for some, […]

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First rule of change: Screw the spreadsheets!

We say Change Management is about “the people side of change” – then let’s make it that. Too much goes to waste in plans, spreadsheets, and Gantt-charts – you can’t make a “by this date everyone is on board” calculation. It’s about people, so the most important competencies for a […]

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Who changes? Everyone!

Remember that time when the change just went smoothly…? No? 🙈 Do you then remember that time when the executive sponsor didn’t really pull their weight and understand their role? Yes? 🙊 Having senior executives spearhead change efforts is ingrained in many of the models/structures/approaches used in Change Management. For […]

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Famously the answer to “the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything” in Douglas Adams’ masterpiece “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. Thing is… it’s a useless answer. Because the question was dumb to start with. In the book, that’s of course the point. In real life, you need […]

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Questions! Questions? Questions!!

Questions are important when it comes to change. People who undergo change will have plenty of them – to clear up the uncertainties they face. As a project team or a management sponsor, you often spend a lot of time finding and giving answers. And you forget to ask questions […]

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Is Agile safe?

Is agile safe? Not everyone will think so. When you introduce agile ways of working – or any other framework – in your organization, Change Management enables you to make the introduction sensible and the implementation sustainable. It’s how you anchor ownership. Every change starts with soulsearching – what’s the true […]

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Resistance is futile, or is it?

How do we manage resistance to change? We don’t. We change the narrative. We have to! This is a pet peeve of mine. I don’t believe in an automatic resistance to change. Au contraire: I believe most people are prepared for, and accepting of, changes as an integrated part of […]

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Plan for the unforeseen

You cannot plan change. That’s why you have to. You can start a change – a new strategy, a changed organizational structure, a new flow for the canteen – and you can have an idea how you’re going to implement it. That will always remain merely an idea 💡 Changes […]

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It takes courage…

That boss… he has to get on the wagon. And preferably sit in the front one! It’s just that he doesn’t have time nor skills, he thinks. It is my duty to equip the sponsors in the organization, so they’re able to lift the responsibility it is to be spearheading […]

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No ❤ – No Change

Tools, experience, structure, and theories help you plan change efforts that ultimately deliver value. Certifications show (off…?) that you know your stuff and that you can speak the common language of your craft. My craft is Change Management. In my craft, the secret sauce of your toolbox is… your heart. […]

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