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A Candid Message to Senior Leaders: Ten Ways to Dramatically Increase the Success of Your Change Efforts

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2017-06-01T12:10:48+00:00
In this article, we want to share with you what we perceive you need to be doing—or doing differently, or to stop doing altogether—to get the return on investment you need from the change efforts you sponsor or lead. This is a candid portrayal based on our observations of our senior executive clients over the past four decades. The picture we paint here is further fortified by what we consistently hear from other seasoned consultants and project managers, both external experts and internal professionals, about the successes and challenges they face in getting their senior leaders to do what is required for change to succeed.

How to Be a Strong Leader in the Face of Uncertainty

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2017-06-01T12:11:20+00:00
A common assumption among leaders and managers is that their success is dependent on having the right answers at the right time and providing clear direction to their people amidst the clamor of day-to-day operations. This may have been historically true when the pace and complexity of change were moderate, but is far less so in times of large scale, high-pressured transformational change.

In this article we will outline six key actions that you can take to stay on top of the “bucking bronco” of change and continue to provide guidance and stability. We will demonstrate how these actions provide sound leadership in times of uncertainty, as well as debunk the faulty assumption that you, as the leader, should be all-knowing.

The Strategic Importance of Change Leaders Modeling the Change

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2017-06-01T12:11:58+00:00
One of the toughest change efforts we supported was made more difficult because the CEO was not willing to change himself in the very ways he was demanding that his organization change. The company was transforming its strategy, operations, business processes, and culture.

This article explores the key change leadership issue of “modeling,” and provides insights for how you can get your leaders to model the changes they are asking of your organization.

The Five Keys to Successful Executive Coaching

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2017-06-01T12:12:21+00:00
Executives have never before been as challenged in their roles as they are today. The business challenges they face are enormous—globalization and the integration of cultures, unheard-of technological advances, increasingly sophisticated customers AND employees, a struggling economy, and the need to find business performance enhancers beyond cost-cutting and downsizing.

In this article, we describe the five keys to success that we believe will make every coach, and the executives they work with, far more successful.

How to Implement a Common Change Methodology to Increase Your Organization’s Change Results and Skill

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2017-04-10T18:00:52+00:00
Increasingly, change leaders understand the critical need for a common change methodology when they are engaged in enterprise-wide transformation. Many leaders have experienced the unwieldy consequences of hiring numerous consultants for various projects, each espousing their own approach to change, and inadvertently wreaking havoc on the organization. Other leaders have seen the costs and burden of change skyrocket as numerous initiatives duplicate activities, compete for resources, or create overwhelm and fear in the organization.

In this article, we will outline a seven-step process that will enable your organization to actually implement a common approach to change and maximize your return on this key investment. The benefits your organization will realize by developing a common change methodology are significant.

The Keys to Effective Decision-Making

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2017-01-06T17:21:38+00:00
Decision-making can be a powerful tool for modeling a new culture, and for catalyzing tremendous employee commitment to your organization's change effort…if it is done effectively. In this article, we will reveal the keys to effective decision-making, identify why decision-making has such widespread impact on the success of transformational change initiatives, and provide tips and a simple yet effective decision-making tool to increase the positive impact of your decision-making.

What is Transformation, and Why Is It So Hard to Manage?

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2017-01-06T17:40:58+00:00
This article outlines the three types of change and their implications on the workforce.

Stakeholder Engagement: Opportunities, Types, and Vehicles

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2017-01-07T00:49:38+00:00
This most popular article outlines the key opportunities for stakeholder engagement in any organizational change effort. It includes a framework for sorting through who to engage, in what activities, and in what ways.

How to Increase Employee Commitment to Change

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2017-01-07T00:48:19+00:00
This article provides an invaluable tool for articulating what is driving your change so your employees can fully understand and commit to it.