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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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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 …

Cultivating Strong Project Sponsorship

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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 …

Gartner’s Organizational Change Best Practices for Program Managers

Jesse Jacoby

In their recent research report, 10 Best Practices in Organizational Change for Project Managers (August 29, 2011), Gartner focuses on the fact that project and program managers struggle with coordinating effective, organizational change practices. This struggle is compounded by an increasing rate of structural change from activities such as mergers and reorganizations, …

Demystifying IT Organizational Change Management (White Paper)

Jesse Jacoby
Demystifying IT Organizational Change Management (White Paper)

Our previous post highlighted how companies under-invest in organizational change management when it comes to system implementations. Many excellent IT system implementations never realize the long-term benefits they set out to achieve because companies focus disproportionately on the structure and technical aspects of the IT program itself, and not on …

Leader in Name Only, or a True Leader?

Jesse Jacoby

Successful change initiatives require strong committed leadership through the entire project by both the business sponsor and the implementation team members. When strong leadership is lacking, the risks are manifold, such as stakeholders believe the “wrong” people are leading the effort; leaders kick-off the initiative and are not seen or …

Project Leadership vs. Change Leadership

Jesse Jacoby

It’s easy to confuse project leadership with change leadership, or assume they are one in the same. In reality, the two are distinct sets of activities that require close coordination. Large business transformation initiatives require a strong mix of project leadership and change leadership to achieve their objectives.
The list below provides hallmarks of good project …

Don’t be a Statistic

Jesse Jacoby

THE IMPORTANCE OF ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE MANAGEMENT IS CLEAR:

More than 80% of CEOs say change management is a priority
80% of CEOs cite the ability to adapt to change as a source of competitive advantage
Almost all CEOs expect that, over the next three years, their organizations’ need for change management will increase
25% …

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