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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 workers who come from the traditional “business is business” mindset is still large. However, as they approach retirement age the next generation is stepping forward, …

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Continuous Learning as a Catalyst for Change

Edgar Wilson

When is the best time to stop learning?
Anyone preoccupied with implementing change strategies may laugh off the question as too obvious to warrant consideration. We are learning constantly just to keep up; for a busy professional, there is no snooze button on learning.
Yet there is a peculiar tendency among many, …

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

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

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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 …

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

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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 …

How New (and Experienced) Managers Can Support the Change Process

Jesse Jacoby

Piggy-backing on a blog post by Morag Barrett on the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce site titled How to Avoid Mistakes New (and Experienced) Managers Make, we address the new manager’s role in supporting change within the organization. To clarify, by “new managers” we are referring to individual contributors who …

Accelerate End-User Adoption with a Strong Organizational Change Capability (White Paper)

Jesse Jacoby
Accelerate End-User Adoption with a Strong Organizational Change Capability (White Paper)

When companies choose to deploy new software to end-users across the enterprise, they are looking to either enhance business performance or minimize IT costs. These goals are often broken down into more discrete objectives such as increasing employee productivity, providing new capabilities, streamlining processes, reducing service desk calls, and so …

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