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Jesse Jacoby

He had all the aspirations of a normal boy. He wanted to play football, though not the American version. He wanted to have a career. He wanted to get married someday, and he didn’t have any advantages to help him.
As it turned out, he achieved a great deal more. At 19, he began his career as a motivational speaker. When he was 23, he founded an international non-profit organization, and two years later he added …

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Insights Into Large-Company Change Capabilities

Jesse Jacoby
White Paper - Large-Company Change Management Capabilities

Jesse Jacoby and the Emergent team recently interviewed 28 change leaders at large companies to better understand their internal change management capabilities. While not a statistically significant sample, the insights provide valuable perspective on the evolving practice of enterprise change management within large companies.
The companies represented have revenues ranging from $5 to$137 …

Change Management Methodology Roundup

4 Comments | Jesse Jacoby

Clients and change practitioners often ask us, “what’s the best change management methodology?” Unlike ten years ago, today there is a plethora of change methodologies and models from which to choose.
While the processes, activities, and tools vary by methodology, many of them share the same principles and practices.
It is more …

Cultivating Strong Project Sponsorship

One Comment | Jesse Jacoby
Sponsorship

As discussed in Secrets to Business Transformation Success, successful projects are characterized by six things: a well-defined governance structure, strong sense of urgency, active sponsorship from leaders, engagement across all organizational levels, alignment with the organization’s existing systems and structures, and strategies for sustaining changes over the long term.
Of these six characteristics, sponsorship is one of the most fundamental factors and …

Secrets to Business Transformation Success

Jesse Jacoby

“Business “transformation” is a hot topic — search the term on Google  and you’ll return more than a million results. In a recent survey conducted by Forbes Insights/KPMG, 93% of the more than 900 respondents said that they have just completed, are planning or are in the midst of a business transformation.  
But what is …

Five Effective Strategies to Tackle Change

Jesse Jacoby

Just as with any business decision that affects the bottom line, there are various reasons that a company will decide to employ a change management strategy. Every business, no matter the size or industry, faces both internal and external pressures that influence short-term and long-term strategies.
External pressures may include shifting …

What’s New About Participative Decision-Making?

Jesse Jacoby
What’s New About Participative Decision-Making?

Management history is easily forgotten. All it takes is a generation or two to go by and some hard economic times. Then, when problems occur, solutions are sought. The belief is that the old ideas no longer apply, and that new ones must be found.
What’s particularly surprising is just how …

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 …

Roadmap for Designing High-Performing Organizations

One Comment | Jesse Jacoby

Companies are frequently facing the need to restructure their organizations.  Changes in leadership, a shift in strategy, or changing factors within an organization often create the need for reorganizing. Organization design is one of the most powerful tools available to senior managers for shaping the direction of their organizations.
“Organization design” …

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