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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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One Skill to Future-Proof Your Career

Morag Barrett

Many managers would do well to quit their MBA program, (and quit Management by Bossing Around) to focus on their relationship skills. Maybe that manager is you.
But I’m not a people person!
Society is in a transition phase in terms of how relationships are valued in the workplace. The percentage of …

How 80/20 Inhibits Change

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How 80/20 Inhibits Change

Pareto’s 80/20 Law teaches us how to get the greatest results. In a nutshell, it tells us that we get 80% of our results from 20% of our efforts. The flip side is also true. We expend 80% of our efforts in order to squeeze out the remaining 20%. The …

How Culture Kills Change, Part 2

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How Culture Kills Change, Part 2

It’s an undisputed fact that a poisoned organizational culture can kill all change initiatives. It doesn’t matter how competent your project management team is, how enthusiastic the board is, or even if your strategies have worked in every other company that you know of. If your culture is poor, then …

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 …

The Power of Presence

Jesse Jacoby
The Power of Presence

Deadlines, conference calls, last minute items that pop up, personal commitments—there is a multitude of things that we have to accomplish each day.  It is easy to fall into the habit of just crossing things off of our to do list, without being fully present as we get them done.
Of …

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 …

Five Things Smart Leaders Should Do to Ensure Success

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As a business leader you want to start each new year off on a positive note. And, you most definitely want to keep that momentum going throughout the year. But, what do you do after those first couple of weeks when the enthusiasm has worn off and everyone seems to …

Change Management Insights from a Fortune 500 Apparel Company’s Restructuring

Jesse Jacoby

Recently, consulting firm Emergent partnered with a Fortune 500 apparel company to undertake the biggest business transformation in the company’s history. Below is a mini case study that provides insights from that project. Building upon its solid performance in 2012, the company chose to implement a new global structure designed to fuel …

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