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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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Why Leading Transformation and Organizational Change Requires Overt Course Correcting

By Being First Team June 5, 2017

The journey of organizational change  especially transformation – is anything but a straight line. If you are making changes that are transformational, it is likely things will be unruly, unpredictable, and messy in the process. Because of this uncertainty, the best course of action is to plan your change and future state as best you can, and then establish a mechanism and process to course correct your plans and outcomes as you discover the need to do so. Transformational leadership is not about sticking to the rigid intention of “make the Plan; follow the Plan!”

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Five Levels of Success in Organizational Change: Which Are You After?

By Being First Team May 15, 2017

How do you define success in your organization’s change efforts? Without giving this question much conscious thought, the change leaders, project managers, or the change consutlants may say “solve the problem.” Or “get the solution implemented.” Or “meet the deadline and budget.” These are all legitimate answers, and common ones. However, when you ask this question of senior leaders at the very beginning of their change initiative, their answers will shed light on how they think about change as well as the process they will support to get their outcomes.

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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 you.in 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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Why Change? Great Change Leadership Starts with Your Case for Change

By Dr. Linda Ackerman Anderson January 3, 2017

What is a Case for Change?

When you initiate a change in your organization, your stakeholders and leaders will have questions about what is changing, why it is needed, the scope of the change, its urgency, outcomes, etc. Great change leadership starts with your case for change. Your case for change answers these questions so your impacted stakeholders and leaders can understand the purpose for the change initiative.

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Ensure Employee Commitment to Change Initiatives: Creating Relevance and Meaning

By Dr. Linda Ackerman Anderson December 6, 2016

Most organizations have many change initiatives occurring at once, in all parts of the organization, large and small – all making demands on people. Employees know they are being asked or pressured to change, but they often do not know why in terms that are meaningful to them. This makes it difficult for them to have a personal commitment to change. Leaders often interpret lack of employee commitment as resistance, but it is more likely stakeholders not understanding why the changes are essential to the success of the business, and importance of their role in it. 

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Is Leading Your Organization’s Change Like Herding Cats? Create an Integration Strategy and Alignment

By Dr. Linda Ackerman Anderson December 1, 2016

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The absence of an overall initiative alignment and integration strategy results in change being run through multiple, separate, or competing sub-projects. It also results in initiatives being led as independent efforts, even when many may interface or impact one another or the same parts of the organization.This demonstrates a lack of sufficient alignment and integration among all the changes required for an overall change program. Without it, leading transformational change can be more like herding cats.  What is needed is making them all a part of one unified effort with an overall change strategy that integrates outcomes, plans, resources, and pace

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Launching Change Initiatives: How to Set Them Up for Success from the Start

By Dr. Linda Ackerman Anderson October 31, 2016

Launch Your Change Initiatives on a Sound Foundation 

Launching your change initiative on a sound foundation is essential to speed, cost containment, good stakeholder engagement, and to achieving your desired outcomes. We have identified several actions for creating a solid foundation for your change initiative: 

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Do Your Change Initiatives Struggle to Get Lift-Off? The Issue May Be Ineffective Launch

Launching your change initiatives effectively is critical to ensure your highest probability of success. Effective launch minimizes the inertia and rework that saddles many change initiatives.

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Are Too Many Organizational Change Models Sabotaging Your Change Initiatives?

Many change initiatives struggle because multiple organizational change models and tools are at play simultaneously. Most organizations have invested in several ways of supporting change initiatives, including project management, change management, The Change Curve, Prosci, Continuous Improvement, Agile, and Lean Six Sigma.

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Getting Employees on Board with Your Change Initiatives

By Dr. Linda Ackerman Anderson July 28, 2016

Most organization transformation originates from executives, but executives cannot make transformation happen alone. Without the help of managers, employees and support staff, these big change initiatives tend to have very little success when initiated into the real world.

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How to Use Active Listening to Promote Positive Change in Your Business

Therapists have long touted the importance of active listening skills in interpersonal relationships. Listening actively isn't just a way to support someone you care about, though.

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