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Change Sponsorship Best Practices: Capacity Planning for Breakthrough Results

By Dr. Linda Ackerman Anderson December 5, 2017


There are two critical factors that have a dramatic impact on the success of change—adequate capacity and the assurance of the right skills and knowledge to fulfill the requirements of the future state. This is especially true if the transformation you are after requires the organization to break through to new levels of performance.

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Capacity Planning for Change: Balancing Operations and Project Work

By Being First Team August 1, 2017

Capacity is what enables people to get their work done, be it their normal day-to-day work or their change work. Having adequate workload capacity to do both when required is essential to their success and the success of change! If your organization does not have or generate the capacity for change, you are at risk of failing to achieve your expected results. Without people knowing there is adequate capacity to accomplish their change work, they will always do their operational work first, as that is what they are measured on. So how do you know if you have adequate capacity for change? You must assess it first for successful capacity planning.

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Four Indicators of Your Stakeholder’s Readiness to Change

By Being First Team July 17, 2017

For your change initiative to succeed, your stakeholders need to be willing and ready for change. Ensuring their readiness to change is an important part of both your change strategy and your organization’s culture. But how do you know if your hard work is paying off? How do you know if your people are psychologically ready to proceed with the change you are asking of them? 

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Unrealistic Project Timelines Can Sabotage Your Organizational Changes…and Your Leadership Credibility!

As CEO, you know time is money. Most CEOs want organizational changes to go fast. Unfortunately, rushing things beyond what is reasonable, or needed, will end up costing results, do-overs, and partial solutions that don’t fit the bill. One of our clients bemoaned to us, “We never have time to do it right. We always have time to do it over!” Does this ring true for your organization’s change track record? 

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Capacity: The Number One Challenge in Leading Change Successfully

By Dr. Linda Ackerman Anderson January 16, 2017

We have surveyed  thousands of leaders and managers about their key risk factors in leading change. By far, having adequate capacity for change is their number one issue. Most report that they have too much change going on and no capacity to lead or execute it successfully. Often, the need to create capacity for change is not even on leaders’ radar. Without adequate capacity, change will fail.  

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How to Free Up Capacity for Change to Ensure Successful Outcomes

By Dr. Linda Ackerman Anderson May 18, 2016

For years, we have been tracking the Common Mistakes being made by leaders in how they lead change, especially transformational change. In each of our clients, we do a simple audit of these Common Mistakes to help them see which mistakes they are either making, or are prone to make as they proceed. The most common mistake we currently see in clients is not managing capacity for change.

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