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Jesse Jacoby

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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Course Corrections: An Alternative to Organizational Reinvention

Jesse Jacoby

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 – …

Align Organizational Values to Achieve Effective Change

Daniel Lock

One of today’s current buzz phrases in the management lexicon is that alignment of organizational goals should be aligned throughout an organization. Certainly, this is true, yet it’s often quoted without the real understanding of meaning or importance.
A recent study by Capgemini and the IESE Business School, which surveyed 260 …

The Management of Organizational Culture

Jesse Jacoby

It’s been suggested that successful change can be better achieved by working with or within the culture of organizations rather than against it. On the face of it, this seems to be so obvious that there’s no need to mention it all. But as Sherlock Holmes once observed, “There’s nothing …

15 Ways To Drive Behavior Change

Erika Jacobi

As a seasoned leader, you most likely know how to plan and implement strategic change, organizational transformation or product innovation. But, what if in all that planning, the human factor — how the people conduct themselves around your planned initiatives — just absolutely does not fulfill your expectations?
Successful change builds …

Organizational Transformation: Change the Music to Change the Dance

Erika Jacobi

Deep organizational transformation is a combination of changed processes, procedures and behavior. While changing procedures may be relatively easy, transformation processes often stall a missing consequential behavioral change.
A different dance
“If you want a different dance, change the music.” This African proverb reminds us: If you want to stimulate different actions, …

Why Simplification Is So Difficult to Achieve

Jesse Jacoby

We live in a world full of contradictions and organisations have the dubious reputation of mirroring such idiosyncrasies.  This complex and often times changeable world places even more demands on businesses.  Nonetheless, while many industries are trying to achieve a higher rate of centralization and a simpler approach to project …

How Culture Kills Change, Part 1

Jesse Jacoby
How Culture Kills Change, Part 1

The need for organizational change is ongoing. It never stops. It can’t, because just as you get a handle on one thing, something else pops up. It’s like trying to keep flies off your picnic lunch. There’s always one.
You have to be flexible. You have to be able to not …

Change Your Stories, Change Your Organization

Jesse Jacoby

Organizational narratives are the manifestation of the shared beliefs an organization holds about itself as a collective. “Our organization stands for innovation,” is a common example; “This will never work here, we are too conservative for that” yet another. Corporate narratives that deal with the collective view the organization holds …

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