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Many believe that organizations have to continually reinvent themselves in order to keep up with all that is changing around them. They point to the fact that those who cling to the status quo eventually die or are acquired by those who don’t, and they often – quite proudly – point to themselves as the poster child of what effective organizational change looks like.
All is not what it seems, however.
The truth is that whether organizations …

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When Leaders Overplay Their Strengths

Jesse Jacoby

Self-awareness has been identified as a cornerstone of leadership success. No leader is equally strong in all areas, and characteristics that were strengths yesterday may actually impede progress tomorrow. You need to know where you are strong and where you need development. It is important for leaders to look objectively at …

Nine Techniques for Overcoming Change Resistance

Jesse Jacoby

Our other article on Strategies for Managing Resistance to Change explained the four types of resistance and the six classic strategies for dealing with resistance. It was based on the fundamental research conducted by Kotter & Schlesinger back in the late 80s. As a complement to those theory-based strategies, below are …

Influencing Mindset and Behavior Change

One Comment | Jesse Jacoby

Changing people’s behaviors can be done in one of two ways, generally speaking. You can force behavior change through management decree or you can change the mindsets of people so that their thinking results in new desired behaviors. We have seen both approaches used by leaders at different organizations. Not …

How to Prioritize Stakeholders to Ensure a Successful Change Program

One Comment | Jesse Jacoby

Stakeholder prioritization is one of the fundamental building blocks to a successful organizational change strategy. Too often, though, project teams get the stakeholder prioritization step wrong. Two of the most common stakeholder prioritization pitfalls are

Prioritizing stakeholders based on the wrong assessment criteria
Prioritizing stakeholders based upon input from too few people

To …

Strategies for Managing Resistance to Change

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Resistance to change

Stakeholder resistance, if it gains a foothold on a large scale, can threaten to derail even the most positive change effort. There are four primary reasons1 that people resist change. Once you know what types to look for, you will be better equipped to spot change resistance in your organization.

After …

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