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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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Change Management vs. Change Leadership: What’s the Difference?

Jesse Jacoby
Change Management vs. Change Leadership: What’s the Difference?

[Excerpt from Forbes.com]
John Kotter is often asked about the difference between “change management” and “change leadership,” and whether it’s just a matter of semantics. These terms are not interchangeable. The distinction between the two is actually quite significant.
Change management, which is the term most everyone uses, refers to a set …

Does Change Have to be Painful?

Jesse Jacoby
Does Change Have to be Painful?

Corporate leaders’ jobs are hardly easy.  They must efficiently manage employees, account for outside competition, note any changes in the industry landscape and if necessary, profoundly modify the operational model a business should employ.   Ironically, most leaders shrug in defiance at such duties due to their seemingly complex nature.  However, …

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 …

Five Most Common Change Management Mistakes Companies Make

One Comment | Jesse Jacoby
Five Most Common Change Management Mistakes Companies Make

We are occasionally asked about mistakes that we see companies make related to organizational change management. In reflecting back over several years and many client engagements, below are the most common mistakes that we have seen.
1) Short-Cutting the Change Process
Change is a process, not a single event. Organizational change does not …

Use an Elevator Pitch to Help Gain Buy-In

Jesse Jacoby

Never underestimate the importance of buy-in to the success of your strategic initiative or business transformation. Buy-in is so critical for creating a sense of urgency and gaining stakeholder alignment that John Kotter wrote a book about it: Buy-In: Saving Your Good Ideas From Getting Shot Down(2010, Harvard Business Press).
All …

Challenges to Merging Organizations

One Comment | Jesse Jacoby

Merging two established organizations is not merely the combination of two operations under one management authority. Successful integration combines, replaces, and transforms diverse processes, systems and organizational structures. Done well, the resulting entity will be distinctly different and ideally much better than the original operations – this is the “synergy” …

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